Gary Dell Beardsley
January 19, 1936 ? March 13, 2018
Gary went home to his Lord and Savior on March 13, 2018 with his loving wife Pamala Dade Beardsley by his side at their residence in Carrollton, Georgia where they have resided since 2015.
Gary was born to Kenneth and Dorothy Beardsley and raised in Tacoma, Washington along with four brothers; Robert, Mick, Gene and Dennis. Gary now joins his parents and brothers; Robert and Mick, in heaven.
Gary served the US Navy from 1954 to 1958 as a Yeoman; administrative clerk to the Captain of the destroyer USS Dixie. He earned Petty Officer 3rd Class.
His family relocated to Port Hueneme, CA in the late 1950s, and Gary moved there after his naval service. In 1959, he joined Raytheon Corporation, providing various skill sets including manpower forecasting for more than two decades. Gary then devoted 15 more years at CBC Port Hueneme Naval Surface Warfare Division until his retirement in 2000.
In 1959 he married Lois Beardsley. They had a son Craig Beardsley in 1966 and a daughter Stacy Handley in 1969. As for grandchildren, from Craig he gained Colt and Grace Beardsley. Stacy provided him with Sierra and Spencer Handley.
In 1984, Gary and Pamala were married in Ventura, CA. This union brought three stepsons, Eric, Scott and Bryan Tarpley, into the family. Additionally, he gained Carrie and Joann as daughter-in-laws along with eight more grandchildren; Erin, Allyson, Jordan, Megan, Morgan, Austin, Christian and Katie.
Growing up Gary enjoyed playing basketball. While raising a family in Ventura County he discovered his interest for soccer and desire to bring it to his community. In 1975, Gary as Commissioner founded AYSO region 148, covering Oxnard and Port Hueneme. Due to enormous growth, in 1981 he split the regions with north Oxnard to create Region 304. He also served as a coach and referee.
His passions included camping, fishing, golfing, watching soccer live or on TV, in both English and Spanish, the History Channel, growing vegetable gardens; avocadoes in particular, grilling tri-tips, sipping the occasional scotch and soda, and socializing with strangers. In fact he never met a stranger!
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Trinity Baptist. A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday March 24, 2018 at 2:00pm at Trinity Baptist 501 Northside Drive, Carrollton, GA 30117 (770) 834-5181, with a reception immediately following.
Published in Ventura County Star on Mar. 18, 2018.