Mr. William D. Coard, Jr., age 95, husband of the late Annabelle Coard and lifetime resident of Greenbush, VA, passed away on Friday, August 10, 2018, at Shore Health and Rehabilitation Center in Parksley, VA.
Bill was born at home in Greenbush, June 23, 1923, to the late William D. Coard, Sr. and Gladys Bull Coard. After attending Accomac School, he served his country in the United States Army Air Force, in the 352nd Fighter Group from 1943 to 1945, during World War II. His service included flying 7 missions as a tail gunner of a B-29 bomber plane, receiving 6 bronze stars, and achieving rank of Staff Sergeant.
In 1953, Mr. Coard opened an auto truck repair shop in Greenbush. In 1969, along with his son, Robert, the shop and service station relocated to Parksley, and is still in business. Bill enjoyed hunting, fishing, and flying his Cessna airplane.
Mr. Coard was predeceased by his loving wife, Annabelle, to whom he was married for sixty-five years.
Survivors include a son, Robert W. Coard and his wife, Lorita, a daughter, Harriet C. Way, all of Greenbush; a granddaughter, Ann Maria Parks and her husband, Ricky; two great-grandsons, Luke and Owen Parks; a great-granddaughter, Sydney Parks; and a niece, Linda Beasley and her husband, John. In addition to his wife and parents, he was predeceased by a son-in-law, Sidney Way.
Funeral services will be conducted from the chapel of the Williams-Parksley Funeral Home, Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at 12:00 noon, with Mr. George Fulk officiating. Private interment with military honors, will be held at the Edgehill Cemetery. There will be a visitation at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.
Memorial donations may be made to Calvary United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1254, Parksley, VA 23421.
Memory tributes may be shared with the family at www.williamsfuneralhomes.com.
Arrangements by the Williams-Parksley Funeral Home.