A memorial service for Arnold Rupert Beasley, 75, of Copperas Cove will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home of Copperas Cove. The family invites friends to stay for refreshments and visiting at the funeral home following the service. Inurnment will be 1:00 p.m. at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen.
Arnold was born September 6, 1935 in Schuyler, VA to John Wesley Beasley and Mary Elizabeth Critzer. He spent his childhood in Virginia. He married Wilma A. Beasley on Dec 26, 1959 in Baldwin Park, CA. He served with the 1st Cavalry Unit in the Army for more than 22 years, retiring in 1975. During his military career, his overseas service included Okinawa, Korea, Germany, and Vietnam. He retired from the Army on a Friday, went to Bates Datsun/Nissan and bought a truck, and began employment with them the next Monday. He was employed with them until his passing.
Mr. Beasley was preceded in death by his parents and by a sister, Mary Mundy.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Wilma Beasley of Copperas Cove; three sons, Gregory Beasley and his wife Debra of Copperas Cove, John Wesley Beasley of Gatesville, and David Wayne Beasley of Copperas Cove; a daughter-in-law, Debbie Beasley of Copperas Cove; one brother, George Beasley of Charlottesville, VA; one sister, Margaret Ann Proffitt of Charlottesville, VA; also eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are requested to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, OKC, OK 73123-1718, www.cancer.org or Lighthouse Hospice, 2913 Williams Dr., Ste 320, Georgetown, TX 78628. Words of condolence can be shared at www.crawfordbowerscopperascove.com