Stapleton, GA – Felton Beasley, 73, loving husband of 42 years to Shirley Lynn Woods Beasley, entered into his eternal rest Tuesday morning, February 2, 2021 at University Hospital in Augusta. Because of the family’s concern for the health and safety of others during this COVID-19 pandemic, they have opted to have a gathering of family and friends to honor him at a later date.
Born in Louisville to the late Rosa McTier Brooks Beasley Newsome and the late Walter Beasley, Felton was a lifelong resident of Stapleton and attended school in Stapleton until the 9th grade to help support his family. He worked in the cotton fields and did other farming duties until he was of age to work for the Georgia Department of Transportation. After leaving GDOT, he worked for M.W. Callaway and Sons Funeral Home until opportunities at Air Balance became available in 1975. He retired after 35 years of service as a forklift operator in 2010. In January 1979, he met the love of his life and, after a whirlwind romance, married in April 1979, just after his 32nd birthday. Living in Stapleton, they started their family. Felton accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior as a young man, joining the fellowship of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. He enjoyed working in his big garden, and working with his chickens, gathering and selling eggs. In his younger years, Felton loved taking his family to all the local fairs in the fall. He also loved going to flea markets—being frugal, he was always looking for a deal. Felton would just take off and go riding around to see what he could see. Being community minded, he liked knowing what was going on around him. Everyone knew that he loved, and was very particular about, his tobacco, which was his trademark. Generous to a fault, he would give his last dollar to someone in need and could be counted on to help his neighbors anyway he could. Felton was “stubborn” and strong-willed, easy-going and laid back, and compassionate, “always wearing his heart on his sleeve”. He never complained as he suffered through several major medical issues over the last couple of years: he just kept on pushing forward. Being from a large blended family, Felton loved being with family and catching up at family gatherings. He was a proud father who loved his family unconditionally—he lived for his precious grandchildren who stole his heart. Felton will be missed by his family, friends and community but his legacy will live on in the hearts of those who had the privilege of knowing him.
Felton was also preceded in death by his siblings, Thelma Sheppard, Neelie Criswell, Cleo Gosnell, Ernest Brooks, J.S. Brooks, Jimmy Brooks, Roy Brooks, Billy Beasley, John Beasley, Paul Beasley, Florence Presley, Frances Newsome, Dorothy Watkins and Pauline Miller. Other survivors include his three children, Lisa Millar (Brian), Daniel Beasley of Grovetown, and Kelly Beasley of Millen; six grandchildren, Ian Millar, Madison Hammock, Bryce Hammock, Bodhi Hammock, Lawson Beasley and Walker Beasley; twin brother, Elton Beasley of Augusta; sister, Jean Muns of Beech Island SC; many nieces, nephews, other extended family and friends.
Floral remembrances can be sent to the family at their residence—225 Harvey Street, Stapleton GA 30823.