Donnie ‘Don’ F. Beasley, 83


HIGH POINT — Mr. Donnie “Don” Franklin Beasley, 83, died Monday, April 5, 2021, at Hospice Home at High Point.

Donnie was raised on a tobacco farm in Johnston County, North Carolina, where he met his wife of 59 years, Martha, while cruisin’ the streets of Benson in 1958. They eventually settled in High Point, where he started a contract sewing enterprise called Top Mart Apparel with blue jeans as the main product. This led to his nickname of “Dungaree Man.” While running his business and with two young children, Donnie and Martha bought and renovated a farmhouse built in the 1940s where they raised cows, hogs, horses, and various crops including a “Pick-UR-Own” strawberry patch in the 1980s. Donnie was a longtime member of Green Street Baptist Church where he taught youth Sunday school, served on various committees and was a member of the John Riggs Sunday School class. He loved watching his alma mater North Carolina State play football and basketball, including a memorable trip to see them win the basketball championship in 1983. Additionally, he was an avid outdoorsman serving as president of Price-Richardson Hunt Club in Ellerbe, North Carolina, and loved to teach people the skills of hunting and fishing. His first gift to every grandchild was a North Carolina Lifetime Hunting and Fishing license and in recent years enjoyed planting food plots for wildlife viewing. His core value was treating everyone with honesty and fairness and he lived his life as an example of this principle.

Surviving is his wife, Martha Beasley of High Point; a daughter, Donna Augugliaro and husband Bart of High Point; a son, Kenneth Beasley and wife Cindy of Huntersville; a sister, Joyce Wellons of Angier; two brothers, Johnny Beasley of Raleigh and Billy Beasley of Kernersville; four grandchildren, Kelly Christy and husband Luke, Nolan Beasley, Fi Augugliaro and Lillian Augugliaro; and a future great-granddaughter due in August, Addie. He was preceded in death by three sisters, Iva Lee Reynolds, Ruby Penny and Levidas Gainey; and two brothers, Orel Beasley and Rayvon Beasley.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 10, in the chapel of the Cumby Family Funeral Service in High Point. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 11, at Banner Chapel Church Cemetery in Benson. A second visitation will be held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 11, at Rose & Graham Funeral Home in Benson prior to the graveside. Please feel free to wear blue jeans in memory of Donnie to all the services.  

Memorials may be directed to Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Drive, High Point, NC, 27262.  

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