George G. Beasley of Naples, Florida, handed away on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at the age of 89. George was born in Ararat, Virginia, on April 9, 1932 to the late Mary Epperson and Murray Beasley. He was a loving spouse, father, grandfather, and fantastic-grandfather. When very best identified for his trailblazing achievements in the radio broadcasting field, he will be most remembered for his humility, kindness, integrity, function ethic and appreciate of loved ones and friends. As a young man, George enlisted in the U.S. Military in March of 1953 and joined the Signal Corps, the place he was promoted to Sergeant and taught cryptography at Camp Gordon in Augusta, Ga. Upon finishing his armed forces company, George attended higher education as a result of the G.I. Bill at Appalachian Condition University and earned a B.A and M.A. in Education. A correct trailblazer and entrepreneur, his passion for radio began though serving as a high faculty principal at Dan River High University. Influenced by a determination to offer a ‘voice for the voiceless’ in the nearby local community, George crafted his initial radio station (WPYB-AM) in Benson in 1961. He finally went on to pursue broadcasting as a entire-time job, serving as Main Govt Officer and expanding Beasley Media Group to come to be a single of the most respected publicly traded media corporations currently, consisting of 62 radio properties positioned in 15 massive and medium-sized marketplaces throughout the United States, digital choices and an esports division. While George stepped again from the working day-to-working day operations in 2016, he continued to provide as Chair of the Firm’s Board of Administrators. A respected leader and pioneer in the radio business, George served on the board of the North Carolina Affiliation of Broadcasters (NCAB) for eight decades as President, Vice President and as a member of the Board of Administrators. In 1996, he received the NCAB’s organization’s Distinguished Assistance Award and was inducted into NCAB’s Hall of Fame in 1998 on receiving the prestigious Distinguished Broadcaster of North Carolina Award. In 2019, he was inducted into the Pennsylvania Broadcasters Hall of Fame. George acquired a lot of awards and accolades in the course of his life. He was inducted into the Place Radio Broadcasters Hall of Fame and obtained the Broadcasters Basis of America Life time Achievement Award in 2020. In addition, George was identified as a “Big” by the Library of American Broadcasting in 2012 and gained the National Affiliation of Broadcasters’ Nationwide Radio Award in 2015. The Florida Affiliation of Broadcasters named him Broadcaster of the 12 months in 2011, the State Radio Broadcasters awarded George with the Tom Rivers Humanitarian Award in 2010 and the Nevada Broadcasters Affiliation inducted him into the organization’s Corridor of Fame in 2008. The radio pioneer was acknowledged by his alma mater, Appalachian Condition University (ASU) in 1990 as one particular of the institution’s Distinguished Alumni, in which he served as Chairman of the Appalachian Point out University Foundation Board of Directors and as a member of the Appalachian Point out University Board of Trustees for several a long time. George was most happy of the George G. Beasley Media Complex situated on campus to supply long run generations of ASU college students with the capacity to pursue their entrepreneurial goals in broadcasting. He is survived by his wife, Shirley Ann their five small children, Caroline, Dr. Robert (Deborah) of Miami, Florida, Bruce (Teresa) of Fort Myers, Florida, Brian (Trina Jones) of Bonita Springs, Florida, and Brad (Lisa) of Bonita Springs and sister, Louise Beasley Guynn as very well as 16 grandchildren and 12 wonderful-grandchildren. A funeral support will be held on Saturday, June 12, at 11 a.m. at Moody Funeral Property in Mount Ethereal, with the Rev. Buford Jessup officiating. Burial will stick to in the Unity Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Ararat, Virginia, with armed service honors by the VFW Memorial Honor Guard, Pilot Mountain Put up 9436 and Mount Ethereal Submit 2019 as effectively as Masonic Rites by the Pilot Mountain Lodge #493 AF & AM. The loved ones will acquire good friends on Saturday from 10 – 11 a.m. at the funeral household.
Published by Mount Airy Information from Jun. 10 to Jun. 11, 2021.