Alvin Beasley was a dedicated Sumrall volunteer fireman for 47 years. He served as chief for 15 years, from 1971 – 1986, and was serving as deputy chief at the time of his death in the line of duty, on March 15, 2017. Alvin was a tireless worker to improve the insurance rating for his town and improve fire safety and coordination for the surrounding area. He was a mentor for many firefighters.
He was an active and dedicated member of First Baptist Church Sumrall. Alvin was the longest continuous member of First Baptist Church. He served many years as deacon and continued to advise deacons on decisions of the church. He was serving on the church history committee, where he helped maintain records of church events, decisions, and milestones. He also helped coordinate emergency preparedness at the church. In this capacity, he helped plan evacuation routes, shelter areas during severe weather, and care and evacuation of sick or injured attendees.
Alvin worked for Movie Star Lingerie, Inc. for over forty years, most of those years as a plant manager. After his retirement, he drove a school bus for the Lamar County School District at the Oak Grove Schools. He was a very active member of the Sumrall Lions Club for 52 years, where he served as club president several times and was the program chair at the time of his death. As part of the Lions Club, he was known for his ability to coordinate the annual Fourth of July Parade, which led to him being in charge of coordinating the annual town Christmas Parade. Alvin was a charter member of the Sumrall Sportsman’s Club, where he served as president and, most recently, as treasurer. Alvin was a board member for the Town of Sumrall Zoning Committee.
He was selected Citizen of the Year for the town of Sumrall by the Sumrall Development Foundation on May 7, 2016.
Alvin was a devoted husband for 52 years to his wife, Barbara. He cared for her for the ten years she had Alzheimer’s. She passed away from complications from Alzheimer’s on July 5, 2016, 8½ months before he was struck and killed.
Alvin had one daughter, Lora Beasley. She was the apple of her father’s eye, and she felt the same way about him.
Alvin was preceded in death by one daughter, Terri Alva Beasley; four brothers, Oben, Ethridge, Johnny, and Charles Orville; and his parents, C. O. and Maggie Beasley. He is survived by three sisters-in-law, nine nieces and nephews, and hundreds of friends.