(MORRISON'S CROSSROADS) The funeral for John William "Sweet William" Heard, 74, of Morrison's Crossroads will be Monday, May 10, 2021, at 3 p.m. at Benefield Funeral Chapel with Bro. Ed Halsey, Bro. Scott Whaley and Bro. Phillip Heard officiating. Burial will follow at Union Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 1 to 3 p.m. before services begin on Monday.

John passed away Thursday, May 6, at his residence surrounded by family.

A Wedowee native, John was born Aug. 11, 1946, the son of James Arthur and Myrtle Bates Heard. He was a 1964 Randolph County High School graduate and served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam conflict. John was a member of Union Baptist Church and retired from the Anniston Army Depot in Artillery. He was active in the Randolph County youth football and baseball programs for 17 years.

Survivors include his wife, Judy Heard of Morrison's Crossroads; daughter, Jana Heard Wilson (Bobby) of Morrison's Crossroads; two sons, Johnathan Warren Heard of Wedowee and James Judson Heard (Tammy) of Oxford; nine grandchildren, Hali Nicole Heard, Hannah Brooke Heard, Lauren Shay Heard, John Cole Heard (Abby), Garrett Phillips Heard (Brooklyn), Peyton Morris Heard, James Judson Heard, Blake McKinley Wilson and Jacob Trent Wilson; two great-grandchildren, Ansley Catherine Heard and Grayson Phillips Heard; three sisters, Kathryn Heard Peacock (Jimmy) of New Brockton, Carolyn Heard Kelley of Graham and Miram Jane Mularz (Tony) of Enterprise; and three brothers, James Robert Heard (Carolyn) of Tampa, Fla., Billy Ross Heard (Carol) of Billings, Mo., and Phillip Keith Heard (Sharon) of Morrison Crossroads. John was preceded in death by his parents and an infant brother.

Pallbearers will be John's grandsons. Honorary pallbearers will be Drew Heard, Scottie Whaley, Mike Bates, Matt Robinson, Shay Holliday, Scott Chapman, Sam Smith, Derrick Huey and Martin Hendrix.

The family would like to extend a special thank-you to Compassus Hospice and Tabitha Chappell.

Memorials may be floral, or donations may be made to Union Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Wayne Wortham at 8137 County Rd. 82, Wedowee, AL 36278. Online condolences may be expressed at www.benefieldfhwedowee.com.

Benefield Funeral Home, Wedowee.

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