Longtime Judge Hugh Beaird dies Sunday at 81
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Longtime Walker County Judge Hugh Beaird passed away Sunday at Ridgeview Health Services.

Funeral services will be held Friday at Collins-Burke Funeral Home beginning at 11 a.m. Visitation will be from 10 until 11 a.m.

Burial services will be held at Walker Memory Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Parkinson’s society or a local hospice facility.

Beaird was born in the mining community of Calumet in Walker County, one of 11 children — six girls and five boys. He attended Owen school and graduated from Walker High School in 1950.

Beaird served four years in the U.S. Air Force in Greenland as a staff sergeant before being honorably discharged in Feb. 7, 1955. He enrolled in the University of Alabama one week later and graduated from the University of Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in 1957 and from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1959.

He started his law practice as a partner with T.K. Selman and was later joined by Jerry Selman to form the law firm Selman, Beaird & Selman.

Beaird was elected District Judge in 1990 and served four years until being elected as Circuit Judge in 1994. He later served as Circuit Judge until his retirement in 2007. He served as president of the Walker County Bar Association. He was licensed to practice in the Supreme Court of the United States and practiced law for 50 years.

An avid Alabama football fan, Beaird has been a season ticket holder since the mid-1960s. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Jasper.

He was preceded in death by Shelby Jean Blankenship; mother, Suddie Williams Beaird; and father, Thomas H. Beaird; brothers, Thomas Leon Beaird, Joseph F. Beaird and Walter Edward Beaird; and sisters, Hattie Mae Fleming and Elsie Montgomery.

He is survived by his twin sons, Brent Beaird of Fleming Island, Fla., and Brett Beaird of Madison, Ala.; grandchildren, Shannon and Loribeth.; sisters, Verta Beatty, Mary Swindle, Annie Gurganus and Margaret Sullivan; brother, David Beaird; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

John Jaye and Earl Barnett will officiate the service.

Pallbearers will be Jerome McClendon, Marcus O’Mary, Wade O’Mary, Charles Earnest, Henry Allred and Walker Wilson.