Obituary – Bill Beasley

Bill Beasley

A funeral service for Bill Beasley, age 89, of Sulphur Springs, will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 8, 2022, at Emory Baptist Church. Interment will follow at South Liberty Cemetery in Sulphur Springs, Texas. Visitation will be held Tuesday, June 7, at Wilson-Orwosky Chapel in Emory, Texas, 6-8 p.m.

Bill was born on March 24, 1933, to Henry Lee Beasley and Bessie Hipp in Cumby, Texas. He passed on June 5, 2022, in Sulphur Springs, Texas.

He married Carolyn Speed in 1957 in Cumby, Texas. He served in the USMC from January 16, 1951, to January 7, 1954, and in the USMCR from December 1, 1954, to December 1, 1957. Bill served in Korea from March until November of 1953. He was present when the peace treaty was signed and witnessed the exchange of prisoners-of-war at Panmunjon, Korea. Bill received the Good Conduct medal, Korean Service medal W2, National Defense medal, and United Nations Service medal. While in the reserves, was promoted to Staff Sergeant.

When he returned home, he enrolled in college at Commerce. Met Carolyn in Summer of 1956. Bill graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in January 1957. He went on to earn his Master Degree and Counseling Certificate. His teaching career lasted 27 years, the last 14 years of which were spent as a counselor in the Rains ISD. He later had a full career as a social worker for home health and hospice. He loved to travel and traveled to all 50 states and three out of the USA.

Bill is survived by his wife, Carolyn Beasley; sons, Ricky Beasley and wife, Anita, Craig Beasley and wife, Kim; 11 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Danny Beasley; and 8 brothers and sisters.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to South Liberty Cemetery Association at P.O. Box 1144 Sulphur Springs, Texas 75483.

Arrangements under the directions of Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home. 

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