Shannon Beard, the son of the late Dorothy Lee Beard and Paul Daniel Bailey was born on May 3, 1952 in Kansas City, Missouri. He was preceded in death by his mother, father, brother, Paul Bailey, Jr. and stepfather, Earl Carter, brother-in-law, Clifton Hines, and niece, Nina Rambo-Jones.
Shannon met the love of his life, Kathleen Rambo in 1988 and they married one year later. At the time of his passing, they celebrated 31 years of marriage.
Shannon was educated in the Kansas City, Missouri Public School District. He attended Graceland Elementary, Southeast Junior High and graduated from Southeast High School. He was quite the athlete and a huge sports enthusiast who loved playing football, baseball, and basketball. During his high school years, he excelled in football which afforded him a scholarship to the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. In 1975, his athleticism earned him a tryout with the Kansas City Chiefs and in that same year he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Two years later, he received a Master of Arts Degree in Secondary Education from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR.
After graduation, Shannon found employment as a Probation and Parole Officer for the state of Arkansas. In 1983, he returned to the Kansas City area and accepted a position as a Correctional Officer at the Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary. While having a strong work ethic, Shannon realized that he did not enjoy the paperwork and office politics, so he opted for an outside job as a mail carrier with the US Postal Service. Keeping true to the motto, “Rain, Sleet or Snow,” he would “go” and did so for thirty-three years. Shannon used his job as the perfect opportunity to be a witness for Christ. On his routes, you could find him telling others about the goodness of God and assisting his patrons on a daily basis.
Shannon accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at Mt. Transfiguration in Kansas City, Missouri. He loved the Lord and was a willing servant. He later united with Sunlight Missionary Baptist Church, under the leadership of his father-n-law, Pastor Julius Rambo, Sr. and later under the leadership of his brother-n-law, Pastor Rickey Rambo. Here, he served faithfully and proudly on the usher board. Shannon then became a member of Refreshing Waters Worship Center under the leadership of Pastor Frank King.
To those who did not know him, Shannon exuded a tough exterior but behind that wall was a gentle giant who sought opportunities to help others even to his detriment. For over twenty years, he and his wife served as landlords on several properties to provide affordable housing for others. In his spare time, Shannon loved watching sports, traveling and simply being in the presence of family and friends.
How sweet it is that on May 3, 2020, Shannon’s 68th birthday, God decided that his work on this earth was done and transitioned him to his heavenly home.
This man of valor has left beautiful memories for his wife, Kathleen Rambo Beard, one son, Michael Gomez; Mother & Father-in-law, Pastor Emeritus Julius Sr. and Mary Rambo; two sisters: Ella B. Jones of Arkadelphia, AR., Frances Carter Letcher of Norfolk, VA. and two brothers: Laurence Beard (Blondell) of Lenexa, KS., Daniel Bailey of Arkadelphia, AR., a grandson, Mikhail Gomez, five sisters-in-law: Shirley Kendricks of Kansas City, KS., Maggie Rambo Hines, Mary Rambo Hill (Michael), Tina Rambo Faulkner (Isaiah) all of Kansas City, Missouri; Geneva Rambo of Nashville, TN; three brothers-in-law: Julius Rambo Jr., Howard Rambo (Alicia), and Pastor Rickey Rambo (Keshawn) all of Kansas City, Missouri and a host of devoted aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.