SHELBY- Joseph "Joe" Beasley, 86, of Kings Mountain, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 14, 2013, at White Oak Manor in Kings Mountain. He was born on Dec. 23, 1926, in Darlington County, S.C., to the late Boyd and Mary Jett Beasley.
Joe was employed as a truck driver with Thomas & Howard for many years and retired from Foote Mineral in Kings Mountain. He joined First Baptist Church of Earl at an early age and attended until his health failed.
Joe enjoyed hunting and watching football, Political Smack-Down, and back-to-back episodes of "In The Heat of The Night" on television. He loved his family and each and every one of them was important to him. He gave every one of his nieces and nephews their own personal nickname and called them by that name through adulthood. Family reunions were the highlight of his life and he would start preparing months in advance. He often financed most of the expenses himself so that every family member would be able to attend the reunion.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his eight siblings, Marion, Roland and Boyd Jr. Beasley, Jessie Lee Pettigrew, Lessie Maddox, Mary Johnson, Edith Burson and Bertha Jennings; one niece; one great-niece; three great-great-nieces; six nephews; a god-daughter, Angie Caldwell Webber; and his dog, Frankie.
He leaves to cherish his loving memory his adopted sister, Geraldine Accor of Jersey City, N.J.; 24 nieces and nephews, including Brenda A. Lipscomb of Grover, who was raised in the same household with him and assumed the roles of niece, sister and daughter and later caregiver; 47 great-nieces and nephews, including Garland Johnson of Elgin, S.C., his protégé and right-hand man; 52 great-great-nieces and nephews; seven great-great-great-nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.
The family expresses a sincere thank you to the staff of White Oak Manor in Kings Mountain for the special care they gave Joe.
Visitation: The family will receive friends at 1:30 p.m. Saturday prior to the service. The family will also meet at 1514 Long Branch Road in Grover.
Funeral Service: 2 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church of Earl
Officiated By: The Rev. Randy Thurman
Burial: Webb Memorial Lawns
Funeral Home: Genesis Funeral Service and Chapel is serving the Beasley family
Online Condolences: www.genesisfuneralservices.com