Robert Israel Beasley
Robert I. Beasley was born in Montgomery, Alabama, on May 18, 1914, and was the seventh of the eight children of Susie Anderson Beasley and Willie Beasley. His paternal grandparents were Israel and Rachel Beasley.
Beasley was baptized at age seven at the First Baptist Church, Montgomery, Alabama, where he was an active member, singing in the Junior Choir at age eleven and continued to share his voice in the Sanctuary all of his life. Over the course of his life at First Baptist Church he served as Chairman of Deacon Board, Director of Christian Education, and editor of the Baptist Bugle (church newsletter), Director of the Budget Committee, member of the Lay Speakers Bureau, the Mt. Meigs Chapel Fund committee, and the Missionary Circle. Beasley also was chairman of the Historiographic Committee that he organized to preserve the history of First Baptist Church.
Beasley received his early education at Booker T. Washington Elementary School and a Bachelor of Science and Master of Education (1946) degrees from Alabama State College now known as Alabama State University (ASU). He was married to Evelyn I Williams for sixty-three years and one son Robert Rhone Beasley was born to that union.
Beasley served Alabama schools for thirty-seven years as principal and administrator. His tenures as principal included Van Buren High School in Eufaula, North Highland High School I Prattville, Carver High School in Eutaw, and Chilton County Training School in Clanton. While in Chilton County, he also served as president of the Chilton County Education Association. He retired as principal supervisor of Jemison High School in Jemison, Alabama, where he was honored with a loving dedication from his students in the high school yearbook.
Service to his community was the hallmark of Robert’s life. Giving generously of his ideas and energy, Robert was member of the Board of directors of the Montgomery Area Council on Aging (MACOA), the Montgomery County Democratic Conference, the National Association for the Advancement of colored People (NAACP), the National Education Association, the Alabama Education Association, and both state and national retired teachers associations. He served as secretary of the Alabama State University Foundation, program vice-president of Phi Delta Kappa, and secretary of the Cosmopolitan Civic and Social Club. He was Price Hall Mason, A.A. Peters Lodge #900.
A member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Robert was recognized by the fraternity for 50 years of dedicated service during the 2007 International Conference of Omega Psi Phi for his outstanding service in his fraternity, he received the Omega Man of the year Award in 1984.