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Obituary for Roy Howard Beasley
Funeral Services for Roy Howard Beasley, 74, who passed away Friday, November 27, 2015, after a short battle with cancer, were held on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 11: 00 AM in the Chapel of The First Baptist Church, Barnwell, S.C. with Interment @ Barnwell Memorial (Airport) Cemetery- Reverend David Turner Officiating. Mole Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. Pallbearers: Blake Austin Bryan Flannigan Mike Baxley Britt Pender Larry Berry George Young Honorary Special Pallbearers: Buddy Brooks Don Creech Linda and Ham Dicks Charlie and Alex Hawkins Wayne Jordan Robert E. (Bo-Bo) Lee Rudy Lightsey Chris Pritchard Wayne Renew Trey Shirer Eulogy was given by: Gerald McDonald and special music provided by Bubba Johnson & Christine Creech Roy was the son of the late: Gertrude L. Widener Beasley & Edward Harold Beasley, Barnwell and was preceded in death by his wife of 23 years: Rose Neal Folk Beasley; and brother: Richard Kenneth Beasley; and stepdaughter, Deborah Wells. Roy graduated from Barnwell High School in 1960 and served in the South Carolina National Guard from 1960-1968. He was employed as Construction Job Superintendent for over 20 years with Hartley and Dicks Construction Co:(1965-1985); with Gillam and Associates; Query Enterprises; Beasley Construction Co.- 12 years; & Query-Pritchard, until retirement in 2008 @ age 67. Roy, an avid golfer, served two terms on the Board of Directors for Sweetwater Country Club, Barnwell: his second home on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays (or @ some other golf course within 100 miles) usually winning his matches due to his "3-4" handicap! His time in the National Guard was marked by his antics in relation to his love of golf versus the Guard: resulting in his"memorable" court martial record of 11 times in 8 years! His golfing buddies, and other friends, lovingly referred to Roy as: "Fat Cat" due to his love of food and: quote: Roy: "I Never met a restaurant that I didn't like; some were better than others!" resulting in his unique physique; or: " Senator Beasley", his undocumented claim to fame as relative of Governor David Beasley, title of which he used to open doors to which, otherwise, access would have been denied and used to secure introduction to his son's future wife, Shellie. Roy was also a voracious reader: checking out books from the library and "marking them as to avoid duplication". Roy enjoyed books by Stephen King and James Patterson. He loved hosting fish suppers for his family and friends and was famous for his chicken and shrimp pilafs, grilled beef tenderloins and King Salmon. He also loved USC football and was known "occasionally" to put down a bet, or two, on both college and pro ballgames. Roy's love for his family and friends was phenomenal and reflected in the happiness they brought to him, and shared by him with whomever he met-- by his quick wit, devilish smile and fun-loving, day to day, living--making him one of Barnwell's "most colorful & unforgettable characters" and referred to as a "Good Man". All who knew Roy well will surely miss him (especially the guys @ Table # 7, Anthony's) and are glad to have called him "Friend". Survivors Include: Son: Roy Howard ("Howie") Beasley, Jr. (Shellie), Chapin, S.C. Grandchildren: Madison Rose Pavey & Cassidy Michelle Pavey And grandson, William Cypress Barton of Saluda. S.C. Daughter: Terie Lynn Laws, and grandchildren: Jackson Laws Swan Lake, Maine, Jessica DeFrenn, San Francisco, Calif. & Alexander Jason DeFrenn, Tennessee. Son: Kevin Oneal Beasley, (Chip), Columbia, S. C. Stepdaughter: Donna Godbee, Aiken, S. C. & Stepgrand daughter: Nealie Godbee Morgan of NC Brothers: Edward Wayne Beasley and Roger David Beasley, Barnwell and (Several nieces and Nephews) *(Special thanks to: Miranda Oneal and Kathy Baker (Caregivers). And Regency Care Hospice; Lucia Bradham) In lieu of flowers, the family desires that memorials be made to: The American Cancer Society.