Charles “Satch” Beasley, a Southern gentleman with a little-boy charm, was pronounced dead at 5:25 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018 at age 73 at the Riverview Regional Medical Center in Carthage after suffering an apparent heart attack at his Rome Road home in Dixon Springs.
Mr. Beasley had just been discharged from the Sumner Regional Medical Center in Gallatin on Wednesday where he was admitted Dec. 1. He died upon entering the family home after returning to his beloved Sunlit Hill farm in Dixon Springs.
Graveside services were conducted on Saturday, Dec. 15 with Rev. Monica Mowdy, pastor of the Carthage United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial followed on the Beasley family lot in the Beasley-Brooks section of the Dixon Springs Cemetery.
Born Charles Maxey Beasley on April 9, 1945 at the old St. Thomas Hospital on Church Street in Nashville, he was one of three children of the late U.S. Navy Lieutenant Jesse Beasley and Pauline Elizabeth “Polly” Beasley, who died at the age of 81 on Jan. 22, 2000.
Satch’s father died while on a mission in Korea and was a Cold War casualty on Jan. 24, 1954 at the age of 34 and is memorialized in the Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. and was also a veteran of World War II. Satch never gave up hope of recovering his father’s remains, a search that continued until the day he died. Lt. Jesse Beasley was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart.
His mother, “Miss Polly” a Nashville native, was an Army Nurses Corps nurse during World War II and was stationed at Camp McPherson, GA, and as a registered nurse at the former Smith County Hospital. She taught the first nursing class beginning in January 1967 in Smith County having graduated that class in the spring of 1968.
Mr. Beasley attended Smith County High School thru his sophomore year, where he played football on the varsity squad, and his junior year transferred to the Webb School (a college preparatory school) in Bell Buckle, where he graduated in 1963.
He was a non-denominational Christian.
In 1994 he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tennessee.
At their Sunlit Hill farm home on Aug. 15, 2014 he was united in marriage to his childhood friend and soulmate, Memphis native, the former Rose Ann Langfur. The ceremony was presided over by attorney Jade Mayberry.
Satch always had a trick or mischievous joke up his sleeve.
He enjoyed keeping his farm in pristine condition and had a passion for his farm equipment and old tractors. His Sunlit Hill farm is the second-oldest farm in Smith County.
He had a passion for flying, was an avid aviator and maintained a plane, hangar and runway on his farm. He was a licensed pilot and also a certified airplane mechanic. He was a retired corporate pilot for Corrections Corporation of America.
Surviving in addition to his wife, Rose White-Beasley, are: his sister, Sarah Beasley (Harvey) Tinsley of the Tanglewood Community; brother, David Beasley of Kingston Springs; three children, Amanda Meredith of Dixon Springs, Megan (Emre) Kuvvet of Fort Lauderdale, FL, Dr. Jacob (Sarah) White of Bentonville, AR; and four precious granddaughters, Gracie and Josie Kuvvet, Ruthie White and Anna Kate Sanders.
Satch will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all his many friends and relatives.
The Beasley family requests memorials to the Smith County Pregnancy Help Center.