The Beasley Funeral Home, Inc. was established in 1947 in Laurens, South Carolina by Cardell "C.D." Beasley as it's founder. At that time, Marion Beasley, Current president and manager, was fourteen years of age. He assumed a variety of duties such as, floor sweeper. car washer, and assisting the grave diggers. Marion is a 1951 Graduate of the Thomas Sanders High School, Laurens, South Carolina. After graduation, he became assistant ambulance/hearse driver. Later in 1955, he became a licensed funeral director.
In June of 1958, Marion graduated from the Atlanta College of Mortuary Science in Atlanta Georgia. In July of 1958 he became a licensed embalmer and continued his staff membership with Beasley Funeral Home in Laurens, SC. After many years of successful service in the Laurens area, the Beasley Funeral Home established it's second location at 205 Knight Street, Fountain Inn, South Carolina and held open house and dedication on August 27, 1961.
Marion became local manager and resided upstairs in the funeral home. After establishing residence in Fountain Inn, Marion has showed leadership to the State of South Carolina, Greenville County, City of Fountain Inn, the Laurens and Greenville area. For his unselfish leadership, he has received many appointments and awards. Namely a few are: First black in history to be appointed to the South Carolina Probation, Parole and Pardon Board in 1969 by Governor Robert McNair. First black chairman of the board in 1985, at which time, Governor Richard Riley presented him with The Order of the Palmetto.
At his retirement from the board in 1995, Governor David M. Beasley presented him with another Order of the Palmetto, making him a Palmetto Gentlemen twice. He served twenty-six years on the board making him the longest serving parole board member in the United States.
Marion is married to the former Miss Sarah Cunningham. She is a retired librarian of the Greenville County School System and a licensed funeral director. They are parents to a son, Kenneth E. Beasley who is married to former Anedra Michelle Crosby; one daughter, Simone Beasley Cleveland who is married to Terence Cleveland and they reside in Atlanta, Georgia. Simone and Terence are both pharmaceutical representative and Kenneth is Vice President/Assistant Manager of the Beasley Funeral I-Home, Inc. and a licensed mortician. Kenneth is a 1982 graduate of Hillcrest High School and a 1987 graduate of Wofford College. While pursuing a BA Degree in Sociology, he played football and received All American honors. In 1991, he graduated from Gupton-Jones School of Mortuary Science in Atlanta, Georgia. Kenneth and Michelle are the parents of one daughter, Lauren Alexis Beasley and one son, Peyton Rockefeller Beasley.
Marion, Sarah, Kenneth Beasley, Dr. Robert Shortt, Carolyn Shortt, Talitha Thomas, Rev. Charvis K. Gray, and Mack L. Rice are all members of the South Carolina Morticians Association and the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association. Marion and Kenneth are the only father and son team to both serve as past presidents of the South Carolina Morticians Association.
The Beasley Funeral Home staff consists of five licensed embalmers, eight licensed funeral directors, two apprentices and several courteous and well trained assistants.
It is the mission of Beasley Funeral Home Inc., to facilitate meaningful ways for families to grieve their loss and celebrate the memories of their loved ones. We will do this by providing information, options, and guidance with the highest level of ethics, competence, courtesy and compassion in a comfortable environment. We will provide respectful and affordable funerals, cremations and memorialization services, locally, nationally and internationally. We are always striving to exceed the expectations of each family we serve.