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 Francis A “Bud” Beasley

Francis A “Bud” Beasley

Chase, Franklin Parish, Louisiana, USA
Death 21 Sep 2010 (aged 87)
Kansas, USA
Burial Columbus, Cherokee County, Kansas, USA
Memorial ID 59000304 · View Source
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Francis A. "Bud" Beasley
(June 22, 1923 - September 21, 2010)

Francis A. "Bud" Beasley, 87, passed away 12:30 a.m., Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at his home, following a short illness.

He was born June 2, 1923 at Chase, Louisiana, the youngest child of James H. and Mittie J. (Farmer) Beasley.

He attended schools at Gilbert and Winnsboro, Louisiana, graduating from Winnsboro High School in 1941.

After graduation, he was employed by the Southern Pacific Railroad in South Texas, until entering the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1943.

Mr. Beasley served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1943 through 1945, during World War II. He was a Staff Sergeant and flew thirty-nine missions in the European Theater with the 8th Air Force, 856th Bomb Sqn., 492nd Bomb Group. During his 31 months in service, he was awarded the Air Metal with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters, Good Conduct Medal, Victory Medal, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Ribbon with four Battle Stars. He was honorably discharged on September 5, 1945.

Mr. Beasley graduated from Texas A & I University, Kingsville, TX in 1949 with a BBA Degree in Business Administration.

On July 14, 1956, he was united in marriage to Margarette Ball in the First Methodist Church in Wharton, Texas.

He was employed by the Southern Pacific Railroad and Texas Gulf Sulphur Company in South Texas until 1961. He then entered the insurance business with Farmers Insurance Group in Bay City, Texas and continued in the business until his retirement in 1984. After retirement, he spent his time hunting and playing golf.

Mr. Beasley was a member of the First Baptist Church, where he served as Sunday School Teacher, Deacon, and Board Member; He was a member of the American Legion Post #64; 2nd Air Division 8th Air Force Association; 490th and 492nd Bomb Group Association; 8th Air Force Heritage Museum; American Air Museum in Britain; Caterpillar Club, Life Member of the National Rifle Association; AARP; Producers Cooperative; and Countryside Golf Association.

He is survived by his wife, Margarette Beasley of the home; a sister, Maudie Lee Norton of Winnsboro, LA; seven nephews and 7 nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, Edward, Byron, Roland, and Gene Beasley and two sisters, Veleda Emfinger and Neva Whitt.

Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m., Friday (Sept. 24) at the Columbus City Cemetery, with Pastor Harold Groth and Rev. George Powers officiating.

Military honors will be provided by Ft. Riley Funeral Honors Detail Team. Burial will follow the services.

The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, at the Brenner Mortuary, where friends may call after 10 a.m. Thursday.

The family suggests memorials to Osage Church of the Brethren.

These may be left at or mailed to Brenner Mortuary, 114 E. 4th St., Pittsburg, KS 66762.

Online condolences may also be left at

Arrangements are under the direction of the Brenner Mortuary, Pittsburg, KS.





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  • Added: 21 Sep 2010
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