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.