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David Nichols Heard Sr.

NATCHEZ — Services for David Nichols Heard Sr., 65, of Natchez, who died Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, at Baptist Medical Center in Jackson, will be at 11 a.m. Monday at First Presbyterian Church with the the Rev. Noelle Read and the Rev. Danny Read officiating.

Burial will follow in the Natchez City Cemetery under the direction of Laird Funeral Home.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until service time at the church.

Mr. Heard was born Aug. 3, 1947, the son of Franklin Coffee Heard Sr. and Mary Elizabeth “Beth” Nichols Heard McLaurin.

He graduated from Natchez-Adams High School in 1965 and received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Mississippi State University in 1970.

Mr. Heard was a lifelong resident of Adams County. He taught Sunday school classes, served as a deacon and was a member of First Presbyterian Church.

Mr. Heard was a devoted husband, father and grandfather and loved spending time with his family. He had a deep appreciation for music and was an avid golfer. He also enjoyed spending time with his friends, especially at Beau Pré Country Club and Cedar Grove Hunting Glove.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his infant sister, Elizabeth Milling Heard.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Judith “Judy” Wentworth Heard of Natchez; daughter Sarah Coleman Heard Stowers and husband, Michael, of Madison; two sons, David Nichols Heard Jr. and wife, Keri, of Dallas, Texas, and Christopher Wentworth Heard and wife, Annie, of New Orleans; four grandchildren, Pace David Heard of Dallas, Jackson Hunter Stowers of Madison, Henry Coleman Stowers of Madison and Christopher Wentworth Heard Jr. of New Orleans; one brother, Franklin Coffee Heard Jr. and wife, Linda, of Lake Concordia and a number of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Honorary pallbearers will be Gene Francis, Sammy Gore, Hal Hicks, Bobby Meason, Fred Salvo and Kevin Smith.

Memorials should be made to First Presbyterian Church in care of Jim Bob Meason Memorial Fund or the March of Dimes.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at lairdfh.com.