Joseph N. Beard, 60, of Chattanooga, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, at a local hospital. He was a graduate of Howard High School Class of ‘76. He was preceded in death by both parents, Frank and Laura Beard. He was a devoted employee with over 40 years of service at the Chattanooga Housing Authority as a Supervisor. He leaves to cherish his fiancé, Barbara Bouie; sisters, Catherine (Ronald) McKibbens, Carol (Ellis) Frederick, and Dianne (Jermiah) Strong; devoted niece, Shauntel Beard; a host of other relatives and friends. Visitation is today from 7 to 8 p.m. at Taylor Funeral Home. Funeral service is Saturday at noon at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Todd Lansden as the eulogist. Burial in Forest Hills Cemetery.