Calvin Beard, the owner of CB Consulting and Construction Management, LLC, died on Monday, Oct. 8, 2018. He was 65.
He was born on Aug. 6, 1953 to Lorraine (Beard) Booth and the late Roosevelt Evans and in Hale, Ala.
Raised by his grandparents on a thriving farm in the deep south, he sat under the tutelage and watchful eye of his grandfather. His grandfather helped him find his gift of carpentry early in life.
He relocated to Philadelphia and built a track and field career at West Philadelphia High School, where he graduated in 1971.
Beard became a student of his trade and eventually mastered general contracting. He earned an associate degree in electronic engineering technology from Berean Institute in 1983 and earned a bachelor’s degree in computer system technology in 1986 from Spring Garden College.
After working at various companies in electrical, construction and contracting, he started CB Consulting & Construction Management. As CEO of his thriving business, Beard continued to earn multiple certifications to build his credibility as a premier general contractor, carpenter and architectural design professional.
Beard was certified as a minority-owned business enterprise and a home improvement contractor. He was certified by the United States Environmental Protection Agency in lead-based paint renovations. He had worked on various churches, businesses and homes throughout the Delaware Valley.
He joined the Victory Christian Center under the direction of Apostle Jimmie A. Ellis III. He served Ellis as one of his personal knights and served VCC in the Greeters & Ushers Ministry and as a Sunday School teacher. He was also the personal armor bearer to national evangelist, Prophet Sean Monteiro.
He was known for wearing the finest suits, bright colors and snake-skinned shoes. His ensembles were not complete without his tinted glasses and a brimmed hat.
That sophistication and swag is what won over his bride, Teresa Hyman Beard. They met at VCC and after a short courtship, married in 1997. She had been his partner in business and life ever since, serving him dutifully in his sickness and in health. They raised two daughters and have four grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Linda Rasul.
In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by: his daughters, Ebony and Victoria; grandchildren, Robert Moore, Rahmir J. Moore, Kimora L. Neal, Kristian C. Neal; siblings, Jessie Lee Beard (wife-Colleen), Elder William Booth (wife- Virginia), Colleen Gardner, Janet Pollard, Wade Booth, Soynia Booth and Timothy Booth; mother-in law, Adelia Hyman; brothers-in-law, Melvin Hyman (wife-Ava) and Jerome Hyman (wife-Sandra); goddaughter Farah Spann and other relatives and friends.
Services will be held Oct. 16 at Victory Christian Center, 5220 Whitby Ave. Viewing is 9 a.m. Services will follow at 11 a.m.