Aggies reunite with Beasley family

Thirteen members of the 1965 Albertville High School football team attended the 2019 Marshall County Sports Hall of Fame banquet to support the induction of their late coach, G.B. Beasley. Beasley’s 1965 squad finished 8-1-1, the best record by an Aggie team since the 1954 club went 9-1. No Aggie team since 1965 has lost less than two games. On the front row are Beasley’s sons Brian, left, and Tim, and the coach’s widow, Jean. Back row, from left, are Bill Aaron, Larry Buchanan, Verbon Farmer, Bobby Murphy, James Stanfield, Jackie NeSmith, Walter Adams, Tommy Carr, Thomas Alford, Ken Gillilan, Edwin Hill, Mike Little and Jimmy Carnes.

The Marshall County Sports Hall of Fame inducted the late G.B. Beasley, a legendary Albertville head football coach, as a member of its class of 2019 during a June 1 banquet at Lake Guntersville State Park Lodge.

Beasley’s widow, Jean, and granddaughter, Meg Beasley, both spoke at the banquet. Thirteen of Beasley’s former Aggie players attended the banquet to commemorate their coach’s induction.

Beasley’s MCSHOF biography as it appears on his plaque is:

George Brewer (G. B.) Beasley was born December 3, 1933, in Montgomery, Alabama to George W. and Elizabeth Beasley, the second of eight children. The Beasleys moved to Etowah County when G. B. started school. He started playing sports for the Etowah High School Blue Devils and legendary Hall of Fame Coach Jim Glover.

As a senior in 1949, G. B. was selected Birmingham News First-Team All-State Guard on Glover’s undefeated State Championship Team. He was a Team Co-Captain and played in the Alabama High School All-Star Game. According to Coach Glover’s son, Jerry, “My Dad said after all his coaching was finished, G. B. was the player who I could ‘fire up’ the very most. G. B. usually was drawn to tears in the pre-game locker room. My Dad, I think, looked upon him like another son.”

Following graduation in 1950, G. B. went to play football at the University of Alabama under Coach Harold “Red” Drew. He played during the 1950 and ’51 seasons before enlisting in the U. S. Army in 1952. After his service to our country, G. B. attended Jacksonville State Teacher’s College, now Jacksonville State University, to complete his college degree. He earned Phi Beta Kappa honors and began a successful career as a math teacher, coach, and administrator. In 1954, G. B. met another Jax State student, Jean Everett of Rainsville. The couple married in 1955. Following graduation they moved to Attalla, where G. B. became a math teacher and assistant coach for four years at Etowah HS with Coach Glover. After undefeated teams in 1956 and 1958, Coach Beasley became the Head Football Coach at Cherokee County HS in Centre. In his second season, Beasley led the 1961 Warriors to an undefeated 9-0-1 mark and a top ten state ranking. In 1962, G. B. was chosen to coach the North Team in the AHSAA All-Star Game.

Albertville High School came calling and Beasley moved to Sand Mountain in 1962. It was here that Coach Beasley would take a faltering Aggie team to one of the best in their storied history. His first team started slow, but ended the season with consecutive wins over Scottsboro, Emma Sansom, and Guntersville. The Aggies were led that year by All-State Guard and Linebacker Rodger “Little Leroy” Hart, a 2017 MCSHOF Inductee who played at the University of Kentucky. The highlight of Beasley’s tenure at Albertville came in 1965, when the Aggies went 8-1-1 and were ranked in the 4A Top 10. This senior-laden team included many standout players, with five receiving college football scholarships: All-State players Larry Buchanan (Auburn) and Bobby Murphy (Alabama), 2007 MCSHOF Inductee and Board Member Mike Little (JSU), MCSHOF Nominee Ken Gillilan (Livingston State), and Verbon Farmer (Chattanooga). Other outstanding senior players included MCSHOF Board Member Bill Aaron, Thomas Alford, Edwin Hill, Tommy Carr, Tom Moore, Jackie Nesmith, Dennis Dickerson, Rickey Rains, Ronald Dendy, Loy Davis, Sheldon Elmore, and Ronald Dyer. Many of these players met regularly for lunch with Coach Beasley for many years to recall that special season and the positive impact he had on their lives. The 8-1-1 record remains as the best regular season mark at AHS since the 1954 team went 9-1 for 2002 MCSHOF Inductee Ralph Reed.

In 1966, Coach Beasley went to Haleyville for six years as the Head Football Coach. While there he completed a Master’s Degree and AA Certification in Administration and Supervision from the University of Alabama. G. B. decided to hang up his whistle to become the principal at Fort Payne High School, serving from 1972 until his retirement in 1987. After retirement, he became a consultant for the Alabama Association of School Principals Association and was on the NASSP Board of Directors. He also served as a Deacon and Sunday School teacher at his church, President of the Rotary Club, President of the Fort Payne City Board of Education, and Board Member of the DeKalb County Sports Hall of Fame. G. B. was inducted into the Etowah County Sports Hall of Fame and the Alabama Educational Leaders HOF.

Coach and Mrs. Beasley have two sons, Brian and Tim. Brian and his wife, Deb, have two daughters, Meg Beasley and Paige Beasley Wetzel. Both were outstanding volleyball players and students at Fort Payne HS, and both played college volleyball; Meg at Faulkner University and Paige at JSU. Meg coached the 2017 Plainview HS volleyball team to Area and Region Championships and the AHSAA Elite Eight. She is currently an elementary teacher in Satsuma. Paige is currently the Director of Volleyball Operations at Auburn University and her husband, Josh, is the Digital Media Director for Auburn Athletics. They have two daughters, Harper and Payton.

Sadly, Coach G. B. Beasley passed away on March 30, 2017. He will always be remembered for his dedication to his profession and the love he displayed for his players, students, and family.

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Rudy Abbott

Coach was loved and admired by many in the Jax State athletic coaches.

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