THE VIRGINIAN-PILOT Copyright (c) 1996, Landmark Communications, Inc. DATE: Sunday, June 30, 1996 TAG: 9606280201 SECTION: VIRGINIA BEACH BEACON PAGE: 14 EDITION: FINAL SOURCE: STAFF STORY LENGTH: 31 lines
Former NFL player Ed Beard and wife, Bobbie, will be featured musical performers at an Oceanfront barbecue Monday afternoon to help raise the membership rolls of the Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Center.
Beard, a linebacker and assistant coach for the San Francisco 49ers in the 1970s and '80s, will appear with the country-western band, The Virginia Ramblers.
The event is to be held at the Wildfowl headquarters (the former De Witt Cottage) on the Oceanfront at 13th Street from 6 to 9 p.m.
Beard, a South Norfolk native and local grid star, played for the University of Tennessee, then went on to play for the 49ers. He retired as a player in 1972 and stayed on as a defensive coach, before moving on to the Detroit Lions in 1984.
He returned to South Hampton Roads in 1986, settled in the Sandbridge area of Virginia Beach and went into the contracting business.
Somewhere between pounding heads and pounding nails, Beard acquired the knack for strumming a guitar and wailing country ballads, sometimes in tandem with wife, Bobbie.
On Monday afternoon, he'll share the stage with Bobbie and the Virginia Ramblers, a group led by father-in-law Willie Phelps. The band has appeared in or supplied background music for Tex Ritter and Roy Rogers movies made in the '40s and '50s. MEMO: The cost is $7.50 per person with tickets bought in advance. Call
437-8432. by CNB