The Rev. Edward Floyd Allard Jr., 78, of Mansfield, died Dec. 8 at Embracing Hospice, Snellville. The son of the late Edward Floyd Allard Sr. and Elizabeth Smith Allard, he was born in Wilmington, N.C. He attended Campbell University and graduated from the Memphis School of Preaching in 1972. He served our country during the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War in the U.S. Air Force and retired as a Tech Sgt. in 1970. He was a recipient of the USAF Commendation Medal. Mr. Allard was a life member of the Disabled Veterans of America and very active in the community. The Rev. Allard worked with churches in West Virginia and Georgia. In addition to preaching full time, he taught Bible studies and wrote articles for the Monticello News entitled "From the Preacher's Desk." He also wrote and edited a monthly newsletter The Alternative. He lived in Oxford before moving to Monticello in 1995. During his long and productive career as a preacher, he worked with the Church of Christ in Covington and Monroe. He began preaching at the Church of Christ in Monticello in 1989. After 17 years of dedication to his church, the Rev. Ed ended his labor at the Monticello Church of Christ.
Surviving are children Larry Edward "Tex" Allard of Memphis, Tenn., Alan Raymond Allard of Lawrenceville, Daryl Wayne Allard of Fayetteville, Ark., David Anthony Allard of Millington, Tenn., and Laurie Beth Kelly of Raleigh, N.C.; grandchildren Dana Lerma, Jamie Allard, Caroline Kelly, Amelia Kelly, Brianna Allard, and Bryce Allard; and sister Elizabeth Claire Allard of Wilmington, N.C.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today, Dec. 12, at the chapel of Jordan Funeral Home, Monticello, with Bob Winton officiating. Interment will follow at 1 p.m. at the Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Milledgeville.
Serving as pallbearers will be Jeff Johnson, Bobby Wood, Jeff Vines, Irvrin Watson, Joe Mack and Ernest Sands. The family suggests in lieu of flowers donations be made to Central Carolina School of Preaching, 215 Kingsbury Road, Sumter, S.C. 29153.