Stephen (Steve) Criss Beard

Longtime resident of the Santa Rosa Beach area, Steve Beard, 70, died Feb. 15, 2013, after an extended illness. Born Feb. 8, 1943, Steve was adopted as an infant by Fred Beard and Mar Criss Beard. He grew up in Detroit, Mich., attended the University of Michigan and obtained an MBA in Business from Wayne State University. Steve retired from AT&T, but held many other positions. He liked working with the public and enjoyed taking jobs in sales even after his retirement. While in the Santa Rosa Beach area, he worked as a cashier at Publix in Watercolor Crossing.

While still living in Michigan, Steve loved scuba diving and was a rescue diver for the hydroplane races. He enjoyed exploring shipwrecks in the Great Lakes area of Michigan and Canada. In addition to diving and his boat, Steve also loved traveling on his motorcycle and made many friends at biker rallies.

Described as fun, funny, handsome, and most of all charming, it is the hope that those qualities will survive in his wife, Jeane Beard, children from a previous marriage, Patricia Whipple and Cassandra Esselink, and grandchildren, Conor, Maddison, Shayla, and Nolan. Steve is also survived by his brother, David Beard, and nephews, Donald and Christopher. He will be missed by the children and grandchildren of Jeane Beard; daughters, Ellen Marion, Ann Barker, Gena Barrett, grandchildren, Laura, Denise, Ryan, and Russell, and great-grandson Zavier.

The family asks that no flowers be sent, but a donation in his name to Heart Fund or The National Greyhound Association.

Friends are invited to meet with his family for a memorial service at 3 p.m. Feb. 23 at 458 Blue Mountain Road. It was Steve’s wish to be cremated and leave a few of his ashes on the beach.

David Dean Acree

David Dean Acree has gone home to be with the Lord. He had a moment of peace before passing into eternal peace.

David was born in Richmond, Va., and enjoyed growing up on or near the sea. He loved his family and tried to stay close no matter how many times they moved. He had been a long time resident of Florida, loving the abundance the sea had to offer his palate.

David is pre-deceased by Kiddo and Charlie Durham and Christine and Walter Acree, his grandparents. He is survived by his parents, Walter and Jackie Acree; his siblings, Skip, Richard, and Jo; and his daughter, Rena Cooper; along with countless aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

A chef in his own right, he loved preparing extravagant meals for large groups of people. One primary target was his co-workers at the Northwest Florida Daily News where he served faithfully for more than 20 years. But he would lay out a gourmet meal to any group that gathered. Also an enthusiast of music of all kinds and accomplished piano player, he was prone to burst into song at anytime (especially around sweet women).

He was given two of his most desired wishes in December. First, his family was able to gather for a wonderful Christmas and second, his beloved Redskins made it to the playoffs by wiping up the field with Dallas.

David expressed his joy and confidence in his Savior Jesus Christ. We are able to go on without him because he has no more pain, no more pills, no more doctors, no more confusion. We love you David and will miss you always. Save a dance for me.

A farewell celebration for friends and family will be held in Point Washington at the Point Washington Methodist Church at 2:30 pm. March 17.