Allen "Ossie" Beasley died at Citrus Memorial April 7, 2014. He was born July 10, 1934, in Barnwell, S.C., to Harry Lynward Beasley and Marian Juanita Blume. He was raised in Charlottesville, VA., where he joined the National Guard and went on active duty in the U.S. Army. He received his commission into the Infantry Corps through Officers' Cadet School and served in Germany and two tours in Vietnam before retiring as a major in 1977 from Ft. Benning, Ga.; he had served a total of 26 years. Among his awards/medals are two Bronze Stars, Vietnam Service Medal with Silver Star, Vietnam Campaign Medal with 60 Device, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Air Medal, Meritorious Service Medal Combat Infantry Badge, Purple Heart, Parachutist Badge and others.
He moved to Floral City, Fla., permanently in 1981, designed and physically built two homes on his Duval Island acreage and then became active in the Citrus County Historical Society, Inc. where he helped prepare two quadrants of the Old County Courthouse for the initial Citrus County Heritage Museum; he then revitalized the old Crystal River City Hall for the Coastal Heritage Museum. He helped design and build the "Ole Tyme Wagon" used by the Society for parades and fund raisers and he briefly served on the CCHS board.
In his adopted home of Floral City, he led a group to build the Jennrette Memorial Gazebo Site and the "Travelers and Their Trails" kiosk on the Withlacoochee State Trail, worked with Floral City Heritage Days for 18 years and mowed the Church of Christ property on Orange Avenue for over 20 years. When FDOT wanted to four-lane US41 through downtown, he successfully led the campaign to obtain 2,700 letters to defeat the plan and he met with FDOT to suggest the turn-lane alternative. He was a 50- plus year avid scratch-handicap golfer, designed a fair and unique golf-game, and ran it three times a week for 30 years in Hernando County.
He was preceded in death by his father, mother and a brother-in-law. Those left to remember him are his wife of 38 years, Marcia L. (Turpin) Beasley; his brother, Lynward Beasley, Charlottesville, Va.; his sisters, Claudelle Parr of Warner Robbins, Ga., and Paulette Spangler (Don) of Sierra Vista, Ariz.; his son, Ossie Allen Beasley (Cindy) of Floral City; his daughters, Gwendolyn Clemens (Chris) of Homosassa, and Michelle Campbell (Roy) of Crystal River; seven grandchildren, Angie Hughes (Ken) of Carson City, Nev., Dave Allen Clemens (Savannah) of Lecanto, Brandy Poirier (Jason), Heather Bedford (Aaron) both of Floral City, Nicole Campbell, Ave Lena Campbell, both of Crystal River and Bradley Buffington of Homosassa. He is loved by nine great-grandchildren, Jacob and Carley Poirier, William and Chris Mitchell, Isabel and Emma Clemens, Rebecca Ann and Gabriel Bedford and Elijah Day. In addition he leaves behind an aunt and uncle, close cousins, many nieces and nephews and many, many loving and supportive friends.
Burial is private in Hills of Rest Cemetery, Floral City. There will be a celebration of Ossie's life from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 27, 2014, at the Floral City Church of Christ Pavilion between Orange Avenue and Marvin Street in Floral City. Memorials may be sent to Gulf Coast Chapter-
, 4108 Lamson Ave., Spring Hill, FL 34608 or Floral City Community Memorial Garden, Attn: Treasurer, P.O. Box 833, Floral City, FL or Floral City Heritage Council, Attn: A.O. Beasley Memorial, P.O. Box 328, Floral City, FL 34436. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is in charge of arrangements.
Chas E. Davis Funeral Home
3075 S. Florida Ave. Inverness, FL 34450
Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Apr. 8, 2014