The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

May 7, 2014

Lawrence Edward 'Joe' Beasley

The Commercial-News

---- — Lawrence Edward “Joe” Beasley, 62, of Danville, passed this life at 6:04 a.m. Sunday, May 4, 2014, at his residence.

He was born June 12, 1951, in Danville to the late Benjamin Hosea and Emma Lou Murray Beasley.

Joe was a Danville High School graduate and attended DACC. He served in the U.S. Army. He was employed at the Department of Veterans Affairs hospital for 19 years. He later worked and retired from DACC from the maintenance department.

Joe enjoyed fishing, gardening, barbecuing and spending time with family, friends and especially his grandchildren.

Joe was united in marriage to Dorothy Boyd for 37 years.

Joe was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses on June 18, 1983. He spent much time studying the work of God along with sharing his faith with others, including family members and also in door-to-door ministry work. He served as a congregation elder, Book study conductor, service overseer and conducted the weekly Watchtower Study for nearly 10 years. He loved his God, Jehovah, and his spiritual congregation family.

Joe leaves to cherish his memory his lovely wife and best friend, Dorothy Beasley; a son, Pacasso “Paco” Beasley; two stepchildren, Steven (Annette) Johnson of Champaign and Deshon Oliver of Chicago; a niece he raised, Tameana Evans of Danville; 10 grandchildren; four sisters, Helen Anderson, Juanita Orington, Saundra Beasley and Joy ( Andrew) Stafford, all of Danville; three brothers, Benjamin Beasley of Tampa, Fla., Donald (Claudetta) Beasley of Champaign and Timothy (Twila) Beasley of New Orleans; and five special loved ones who assisted in the care of Joe, Teresa Logan, Carlos Moore, Jean Beasley, Clara Beasley and Evelyn Buford.

He was preceded by his parents; a brother, Clarence Beasley; and two sisters, Alice Moore and Mary Fultz.

A celebration of life will commence at noon Friday, May 9, at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 619 E. Voorhees St. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. until the time of the service. Officiating: brother Robert Taylor. Interment will be at Danville National Cemetery. Leek & Sons Funeral Home, 304 E. Williams, is in charge of arrangements.

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