2013-10-03 / Obituaries

Clayton Beasley

January29,1928-September27,2013

Clayton Beasley passed away on Friday, September 27, 2013 at his home on the 3B Ranch.

He was born January 29, 1928 in the front room of his father’s house, which remains standing on the 3B. He lived and worked his entire life as a farmer/rancher, raising cattle and growing corn and peanuts. Clayton loved to work the fields and see the plowed dirt, realizing at the age of 9 this is how he wanted to earn a living and provide for his family. Clayton began school in the Adina School, transferring to Lexington where he graduated in 1949. In his years at Lexington High School, he served as FFA President and drove the school bus his senior year. At the age of 13, Clayton was baptized at the Adina Church where his membership remained his entire life, serving as an Elder from the late 1960’s. As a teenager, Clayton worked on the road crews clearing the way for FM 696, chop axing the trees. It was during this time of his life he began raising cattle which continued up to the time of his passing.

He married Joyce Cuzzort on February 14, 1951, adopting two children, Janice and Richard. Clayton and Joyce celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary this year. During their marriage, for a brief time, they owned and operated a cafĂ© in Lexington in the late 1950’s. Clayton and Joyce were always opening their home to ministers, evangelists and missionaries, or whoever had a need. Clayton served many years on the Board of Regents at Dallas Christian College. He was a member of the Board of Trustees from the inception of Tanglewood Christian Camp. Clayton loved the Lord, he loved his family and he loved his church. Clayton was a member of the Sons of the Confederacy and continued to gain in his knowledge of genealogy and history throughout his life. He enjoyed telling stories of his youth in Lee County, which included stories of overnight hunting trips, setting out on foot from Adina, hunting bobcats and foxes, and finding himself in Fedor by morning light. He also served as a Scout Leader when his son was a Scout. He also served as Lee County Democratic Chairman and an Election Judge for many years.

Clayton was a major contributor to the Adina Cemetery being designated a Historical Cemetery in Lee County.

Clayton is preceded in death by his parents, Austin and Lillie Beasley, and his brother and sister-in-law William “Billy” and Hilda Beasley.

Survivors include wife, Joyce of the home; daughter and sonin law Janice and Mark Meshek of Pawnee, Oklahoma; son and daughter-in-law Richard and Marci “Maggie” Beasley of Lexington; grandchildren, Patrick and Rose Beasley of Lexington, Shane and Briana Beasley of Killeen, Justin Meshek and Gracie Meshek of Oklahoma, Matthew Rasco and Stephen Rasco of Lexington and Michael Wayne Rasco of Taylor; great grandchildren, Jordan, Riley, Leah, Lilly and Rory Josephine; sister Audrey Beasley of Brownwood; and numerous nieces, nephews, friends and church family.

Services were held Monday, September 30, at Adina Christian Church with Pastor Freddy Murphy officiating.

Clayton was certainly a soul God greeted at the Heavenly Gates with a sincere, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

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