SHERMAN - James Roger Beasley, 60, passed on June 23, 2014 in Sherman, Texas. He was born on June 12, 1954 in Magnolia, Arkansas to Ralph and Mattie Beasley. James, commonly referred to as "Little Buddy," was truly one of a kind.|
James attended and graduated from Magnolia High School, where he was Letterman in Track. He was "thinker" who was very competitive and never accepted failure. James started his career journey after high school by attending Barber College in Little Rock, AR.
He returned to Magnolia as a Licensed Barber but was not content as that being the only thing that would bring a life of fulfillment. He applied and was accepted into the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Sciences and completed the prescribed curriculum to become a Licensed Funeral Director.
He returned to Arkansas and started his Funeral Career at Marks Funeral Home. Later he moved to Malvern, AR and furthered his funeral career and while being a Funeral Director, he also served as a Deputy Sheriff for Hot Spring County, AR. James still would not be satisfied until he owned and operated his own businesses.
He moved to Paris, Texas and, after establishing relationships for another funeral provider, he ventured out and founded Beasley Memorial Funeral Home in Paris, Texas. Later he established locations in Bonham, Texas, Denison, Texas, and in Sherman, Texas.
He was leader not only in earthly things but also those things concerning spiritual matters. In 1986 he was ordained as a Minister of the Gospel. James measured success by the many loyal friends and families he served over the years with "Dignified, Sympathetic Service". James measured his strength by his delight and meditation in the LORD!
James is survived by sons, James D. Beasley of Oklahoma City, Okla.; Patrick L. Beasley of Malvern, Ark., and Stacia Beasley and fiancé, James Record of Paris, Texas; five grandchildren: Alexis, Kameryn, Kennedy, Jeremiah, and Jordan; brothers, Ralph Beasley and wife Brenda, Robert Earl Beasley and wife Renee, Wilbert Beasley and wife Kathaleen, and Joe Beasley; sisters, Betty Beasley and Naomi Beasley; and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers, Charles and Ellis Beasley.
A Memorial Celebration in Honor of James' life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday in the Marks Funeral Home Chapel in Magnolia, Ark.
Published in The Herald Democrat on July 11, 2014