Lester G. Beasley • November 17, 2018

Lester G. Beasley, the president of the National Quartet Convention and the longtime
owner/manager/singer of The Florida Boys, passed away on November 17, 2018 at his
home near Pensacola, Florida.
Born in Crockett, Texas, in 1928, Mr. Beasley would go on to become one of Gospel
music’s most influential personalities.
After serving with distinction in the Marine Corps and receiving a battlefield commission
during the Korean War, Mr. Beasley would be hired by J.G. Whitfield of Pensacola, FL,
in 1953 to sing in his Gospel Melody Quartet, which was later renamed The Florida
Boys. After the retirement of Mr. Whitfield, Mr. Beasley assumed part ownership (along
with fellow Southern Gospel Music Hall-of-Famers, Glen Allred and Derrell Stewart) and
leadership of the quartet, and continued in those roles until 2007. The Florida Boys and
Les Beasley individually were also inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.
During his time with The Florida Boys, Mr. Beasley became a key, decisive leader in the
development, promotion, and expansion of many of the entities that have provided the
foundation of the modern era of Gospel music: “The Gospel Singing Jubilee” TV
program, the National Quartet Convention, The Gospel Music Association, the Dove
Awards, and others.
Mr. Beasley is survived by his wife of 50 years, Frances Beasley, along with daughters
Belinda Whitfield, Deborah Kemp, Theresa Baker, Elaine Seay and sons Mike Bell and
Clarke Beasley, along with 12 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and 2 great, great
The family will be receiving friends at Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola, Florida, from
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. followed by the funeral from 12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. on
Tuesday, November 27th. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to
the Gospel Music Trust Fund,
P.O. Box 932, Brentwood TN 37024.

  1. Perhaps the most influential person our industry has ever seen. I hope God sees fit to send another Les Beasley our way to meet today’s challenges.

  2. Willie & Sandi Wynn says:

    A Wonderful Friend & Great Man to so Many.
    Much Love & Prayers to all the Family,
    Sandi & Willie Wynn

  3. Larry G. Westberry says:

    Always loved watching him along with Derrell Stewart on The Gospel Singing Jubilee” TV
    program, when I was a small boy. My most sincere condolences on the passing of one of the great ones of Gospel music

  4. Betty Sue Hyatt says:

    Les was one great Man and friend. I loved him and Frances they were some of my special friends. I sure did miss them at the N Q C . He always wanted to know if every one was taking care of me at the convention. will miss you Les.

  5. Lee Shaw says:

    One of my earliest memories as a small child is listening to gospel music records on my parents’ console stereo…and the Florida Boys were a major influence towards my love of Southern gospel music.
    RIP Mr Beasley 🙏🏼

  6. Ken Taylor says:

    Another legend has left us and earned his eternal reward he sang about for so many years. Many inviduals have been impacted by his kind words and industry leadership. I pray for his family has they celebrate A life well lived. It was once said it’s not how you start the race that matters but rather on how you finish the race. Les ran a well run race. Rest In Peace.

  7. Cheri Baldwin says:

    Les was a pioneer and a great force in the southern gospel music industry. Heart felt condolences to Frances & the family

  8. neal canon says:

    all of us here in the gospel music community in southern Illinois send our love and prayers to the family of our precious friend and brother Les Beasley we will be with you at the funeral in spirit and love……

  9. Rev. Ken Williams says:

    One of my wonderful friends in GOSPEL MUSIC and did so much to further the Gospel in Song. I want to express my thanks to him for his big part in helping me being able to spread the Gospel on Radio due to his encouragement. My heart goes out to all the Beasley family. We here in South Georgia will miss Les. I want you to know he will live on on Radio as long as I have a radio station to play the Florida Boys. God Bless You all!! We love you🎼🎙🎙🎙🎙❤😭

  10. You sang at a small venue in Michigan during the summer of 1990. I just finished my first year of Bible college. I was in a dark place, ready to throw in the towel. You, and TFB sang,and touched my heart. I went on to graduate from Seminary in 1994.

    The Lord allowed me to move to Pensacola 7 years later,to find out this was home. I never had the opportunity to see you again this side of heaven, but I look forward to the day when I will see you again.

  11. Loren Simpson "Rooster"- Eureka,Missouri says:

    My Condolences to the Family.

  12. Loren Simpson "Rooster"- Eureka,Missouri says:

    I grew up watching you in the 1960s/70s every Sunday Morning on Television,on the Gospel Singing Jubilee,and in the 1990s to the present on the Gaither Videos. Seen you in St Louis,MO,with the Florida Boys. I wrote you a letter 10 years ago,with a request for a Florida Boys Poster.You were nice to mail me a Poster Concert Bill. Sadly,it went thru a never before-Flood,on News Years Eve 2015. It’s bothered me losing that among other things I lost.
    Thank you for your sacrifice & duty in the Marine Corps,for our Country in the War.Your Eternal Awards are great. My Condolences to the Family.

  13. Jane and Robin Todd says:

    You hold a special place in our hearts.Dad respected you as a manager and loved you as a friend. We have fond memories of those days when Dad was with The Florida Boys.I know you are singing in a new choir now. Prayers to Frances and all of the family. We love you all and pray that God will help you through this sad time.

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