Garland Loden Beasley

March 11, 1937 - May 25, 2020

Garland Loden Beasley was born on March 11, 1937 in Carbon Hill, Alabama. He went to be with his Savior on May 25, 2020 at the age of 83 in McKinney, Texas, where he resided since 1984.

Garland is survived by his wife of 40 years, Deborah Tipton Beasley, son Jonathan Beasley and husband Noel Phillips of Houston, son David Beasley of Richardson, daughter Melissa Johnson and husband David of North Richland Hills, daughter Elizabeth Castrianni and husband Chris of McKinney, daughter Rebecca Southgate of Frisco, six grandchildren -  Avery Borders and husband Christopher, Ethan Johnson, Jordan and Ava Castrianni, Isabelle and Emma Southgate and brothers Darold Beasley and Bill Beasley of Alabama and a host of beloved nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his precious 5 year old daughter, Maribeth.

Garland was the son of Thomas and Willie Beasley and was raised on a farm in the hills of Alabama. He and his brothers began working on the family farm at a young age and they had many stories to tell about picking cotton, fetching water from the well, chopping wood for the stove and the trips to town with a wagon full of watermelons to sell …50 cents or a dollar for a really big one!  Garland vividly recalled attending summer church camp where he surrendered to the ministry at age 12. He graduated from Carbon Hill High school and went on to earn a Bachelor of Religion Degree from Howard College (now Samford University) in Birmingham, Alabama. Garland  was ordained at the age of 20. He married Minoise Hayes and they moved to Fort Worth, Texas, for Garland to attend seminary.  He earned a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  During seminary, he pastored Glen Garden Baptist church. Garland served as the senior pastor of Lakeland Baptist Church in Lewisville, Texas, for many years.

Garland owned Beasley Printing Company in Richardson for 30 years. Through Beasley Printing, Garland met Deborah Tipton and they married in 1980.  Following his retirement, he was blessed to re-enter the ministry at Christ Fellowship in McKinney, Texas, under the leadership of senior pastor, Bruce Miller. Garland served as a Care Pastor, Pastoral Counselor, Pastor of Baptism, Life Group Leader and other roles. He had a remarkable way of connecting with people. His greatest passion was to help those who were hurting.  Garland was also passionate about his time as a Bible study teacher at the Collin County Detention Center and saw many led to Christ.

Garland had many hobbies (that is an understatement!) with golf being a favorite. With the help of many Christ Fellowship friends and neighbors, he built an aquaponics system. His goal was to grow enough vegetables to share with people who lacked nutritious food.  He joked he was really great at growing tomatoes and grass! Garland's other hobbies included roasting organic green coffee beans in search of the perfect cup, reading three books at one time, and enjoying the banter of a good debate with friends.

Garland was a living miracle ... surviving 3 devastating strokes in 2016. Prayer warriors surrounded him and after 100 days in the hospital, he came home to begin his recovery. He officiated several weddings ceremonies following his therapy and would always begin with, “ I need to let you know that I am a stroke survivor.  My talkin' is not very good, but my brain works just fine!” Garland was a great story teller with a Southern sense of humor and he retained that humor until the very end. Garland was a man of great tenacity. Anything he tackled he finished regardless of any barriers that might present themselves.  A friend described that as “good old stubbornness”!

If you spent any time with Garland, you would be sure to hear about unconditional love. He offered it freely and encouraged others to do the same. After all, that is what Jesus is all about. On a recording that was made when Garland was very sick, he said, “What this world needs is unconditional love.  Until we have that, this world is still going to be messed up.” Rather appropriate words for our current times.  Many have commented they will remember Garland's smile, humor, gentle countenance, and his display of love for Jesus.

Regarding a memorial service for Garland, go to:

Christ Fellowship will host a live-streamed service at 3:00 p.m., Thursday, June 18, 2020 from the Worship Center. Participation options are to view the online service in your home, or from your device in the church parking lot. If you feel safe and are willing to social distance, there will be limited seating (by reservation) available in the Worship Center. The “reception” following the service will be a parade in honor of Garland in the Christ Fellowship parking lot (2801 Orchid Drive, McKinney, 75072). Parade participants will drive by Deb and Garland's families as an expression of their love and support.

In lieu of flowers, Deb is requesting donations to the Christ Fellowship “Love Fund”. This fund is specifically to help people in need. Please indicate “Garland Beasley Love Fund” in the memo line. Donations may also may be made online at

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I have always loved and respected Garland. A man of God and a passion for people. He will be missed! Love you, Deb and family! Tami Burkett, June 23, 2020 Words cannot express how much Garland will be missed by so many. Today is a joyous celebration of a life well lived with Jesus as the center. Judy Casey, June 18, 2020 Rick and I have the fondest memories of going to the Beasley home for Life Group meetings on Sunday evenings. Deb was so sweet and supportive; Garland so precise and passionate. We are so blessed God chose us to be on the path that crossed theirs! For you dear friend Garland, we take comfort knowing you are happy, healthy, and whole. For you sweet friend Deb, we send unending love and daily prayers. Ellen Robberson, June 14, 2020 Pastor Garland Beasley was the Wayne Hurley's family pastor at Lakeland Baptist Church where we are charter members. We enjoyed him and his family and his preaching. I used to tease him about being older than me (from March to October). God bless his family. My prayers and love.
DORIS ANN HURLEY, June 7, 2020 We met Garland and Deb at a critical time and will never forget the fervor and strength Garland offered us as a couple to seek God above all. He was the hands and feet of Jesus and we were honored to know him, even if for a short time. God bless the family and the legacy of Mr. Garland Beasley. May the unconditional love of our heavenly father draw us nearer to Him. Javier & Ashley Hernandez, June 5, 2020 Such a special, special friend! Garland was one of a kind. He will be missed by so many. He is rejoicing in Heaven now, and we find comfort in that. We love you Garland. Rest In Peace. Jacque and Gary Jacque Waddell, June 4, 2020 Garland made our transition to Texas a lot easier with his welcoming of my family into his home and how he loved on us from then on. Will miss you but will see you again. Robert Artrip, June 4, 2020 My best friend has gone on before me. Charles Goza, June 4, 2020 My recent memory of Garland is meeting after a funeral at your church on the sidewalk. Deb and I chatted a bit and Garland just patiently smiled at our conversation. I came to know the total Garland when I read his obituary. What a life of service and love to so many. May you remember all the special times as your honor Garland's legacy Deb. Juli Ferraro, June 3, 2020 We have been blessed and honored to know Gar for the last 30 years! We fell in love with him our first meeting at a 2nd grade parent/teacher celebration for Deb at Karen and Robbie Clarks house. From that night on Gar and Deb have been our extended family in McKinney. Gar will be missed beyond measure!
Buffy and Jack, June 3, 2020 Garland was indeed a very special man. He was there for me during a very traumatic time in my, and my family's, life. I will always be thankful for God bringing him into my life. Robert Holden, June 3, 2020 Garland and Deb have been our neighbors for 36 years. Garland always had a smile on his face and happiness in his heart. I am proud to have known him and I know we'll meet again someday. May peace be with Deb and all the rest of his friends and family.
John and Sheila Randall, June 3, 2020 I had an office next to Garland for some time and I probably owe him a few thousand for drop-in counselling appointment fees. Garland was such a wise man and delivered that wisdom with humility and love (and a sense of humor). I will miss him greatly but his words and his smile are always with me. With great respect, DeeAnn
Dee ann Hudnall, June 3, 2020 Deb, How sad I was to hear of Garland’s passing. I know he is rejoicing in Heaven and I know you found comfort in this. My condolences to you and your family and know, you are in my prayers. Love, Patty Lefrak (née Haddock)
Patty Lefrak, June 3, 2020 Rest in God’s loving peace my friend. No more troubles. Just divine grace and light in the mansions of the Lord! We will miss you for a while. Well done!
Matt Hudson, June 3, 2020 Oh how I loved being around Garland. I loved being around Deb when she talked about Garland even more!! Such love that only I could wish to have one day! Thanks for sharing him with us Deb. You and your family are in my prayers! Love Kolleen Kolleen Thornton, June 3, 2020 Dear Deb, I am sad I did not have an opportunity to meet your amazing Garland. I know you both blessed each other during your time together, doing the Lord’s work at home, work and church. That says so much! Prayers continue, sweet friend.
Patti and Jim Randolf, June 3, 2020 My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I met Garland once. I am honored to have met him. It felt like I had known him for a life time after all the wonderful talks with Deb about him. Laryssa Spencer, June 3, 2020 Deb, you & your family are in all our prayers. Please know that we are here for you anytime for anything. Please know that Garland was a great blessing! He had a great love for Our LORD & SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST and you, his beautiful wife! He always made time for you and ready to talk about what the Lord was doing in his life. It was a pleasure to serve along with him at Christ Fellowship all those years! He had a great sense of humor and love picking on his favorite people! Garland had a great love for people and helping them during their time of need. He had a great way of speaking truth in love and has encouraged many of us to do the same. He will be greatly missed - but what great joy in knowing that he is in the arms of JESUS and we will see him again. Bonnie Wood, June 3, 2020 Garland , although our journey together here on earth was short, your impact will live on for eternity. I know you are at peace and for that we can be at peace as well my friend. We will keep our eye on your love down here, you keep an eye on your perfect love from above. Until we meet again. Helen Freshcoln, June 3, 2020 Garland was one of a kind, and he will be missed by many. I'm glad that he has returned home and will no longer suffer. Until we meet again... Sheri Wyles, June 3, 2020 To my dear, sweet friend, Garland: I will miss our evening chats about puzzles, your infectious laugh and your amazing memory about events that happened 30 years ago that I don’t remember. You are a treasure, a gentleman and a man of God! I take comfort knowing you’re in your heavenly mansion. Deb, you know how loved you are, stay strong knowing Garland is in perfect peace.
Nancy Soucy, June 3, 2020 I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Garland. He was such a sweet, kind, loving man. I will miss seeing his smile at church. My love and prayers are with you during this time.
Christy Gendt, June 3, 2020 Garland when John Tipton passed you were the one who gave his eulogy and I never thanked you. It was a very hard day and you helped ease all our pain. So, thankful for you being Gods helper. I know you are with our God and your whole again. I hope I can thank you in person one day. You will certainly be missed. Love to you Deb.
Boyana Campbell , June 3, 2020 Deb, We are thinking about you, praying for you. May your precious Garland rest in God’s arms and be at peace. Janie and Tom, June 3, 2020 Garland's life touched so many of us with his laughter, care for others and joyful spirit. He was a man of great faith. I know he's celebrating in heaven. You are going to be greatly missed Garland. Until we meet again.
Sue Stafford, June 3, 2020 We will always cherish Garland’s love for the Lord and his enthusiasm for people beginning their journey with God through baptism. Jim and Jolene Balazs , June 3, 2020 So loved my buddy Gar! Really going to miss my illegible text wars and phone calls with occasional jokes! Heaven now has the best angel of all! Love you Garland and when I join you we are goin after Ol one eye!
Randy Dawson, June 3, 2020 I had a dream about Garland last night. I dreamed I was visiting him in hospital and suddenly he got up and looked radiant and we hugged and then we walked outside and it was a view up a steep hillside town and towering over the top of the town was a beautiful church with a very tall steeple and he just smiled. He is home and happy. We will miss him, his humor, his wisdom, his love, his laugh but I am so thankful for his life. Jane Hancock, June 3, 2020