Monday, 08 November 2021 14:06

William Leslie Beatty

William Leslie Beatty, age 84, of Lawrenceville, VA passed away peacefully at McGuire Comfort Care on November 5, 2021.
He was born on September 17, 1937 to Stella Wolf Beatty and Samuel Jamerson Beatty in Crewe, VA where he was born and raised. As a child he worked on the family dairy farm. He was drafted into the U. S. Army in 1961. Serving during the Cuban Missile Crisis, he was stationed in Germany and Fort Carson Co. and worked in the Transportation Division. After the military, Leslie drove a truck for Virginia Carolina out of Martinsville, VA. He worked for Southern States Coop. and E.E. Vaughan and Son and returned to Southern States again where he retired. After retirement he drove a truck part time for Colonial Truck Sales in Richmond, VA. He loved trucking, his animals and farming at his farm on County Pond Road where his youngest son resides now. Another passion of Leslie’s was cooking stew with Alvin Lucy and becoming a Brunswick Stew Master. He has been a member of Liberty Church since 1997 where he was a trustee and served as finance chairman and a member of the Central Brunswick Ruritan Club since 1975. In 1994 Leslie had a heart transplant at McGuire VA Hospital in Richmond and was the longest living heart transplant for 27 years. He is preceded in death by his wife Bettie Tharpe Beatty; and is survived by his two sons, Bill Beatty and wife Marilyn and Greg Beatty and wife Cindy; his grandson, Matthew Beatty; his sister, Sarah Monopolous of Hudson, N.C. and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and half siblings. A memorial service will be conducted 11:00 a.m. Saturday at Liberty Church, Lawrenceville, VA. The family will receive friends Saturday from 10:00 to 11:00, one hour prior to the service, at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Central Brunswick Ruritan Club, 3495 Liberty Road, Dolphin, VA 23843 and/or to Liberty Church c/o Jean Browder, 3827 Planters Rd. Lawrenceville, VA 23868.
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  • Comment Link Mike Lucy Tuesday, 16 November 2021 22:54 posted by Mike Lucy

    Billy, Greg, and family,
    I was very sorry to hear of Leslie’s passing. He and my father were great friends and as mentioned in the obituary loved to cook stew together and enjoyed the fellowship standing around the stewpot. I can picture the two of them in heaven standing around a stewpot reminiscing now. I had not seen him in a number of years but enjoyed catching up with him when I was back in Virginia.

  • Comment Link Jim Everett Wednesday, 10 November 2021 13:46 posted by Jim Everett

    Bill, Greg and Family,
    I am so sorry. I was hoping to see Leslie again at one of the retiree luncheons.
    I have fond memories of working with Leslie in Lawrenceville in 1974/75 time period It was during your his and your go cart days. Many days after work he and you would be running the carts throughout the parking lot. Also remember one July 3rd night that Leslie and I worked to after midnight unloading boxcars of lime. Great memories of Leslie and the entire experience of my time in Lawrenceville.

  • Comment Link Bob Clark Tuesday, 09 November 2021 08:43 posted by Bob Clark

    I worked with Leslie driving trucks for Colonial Truck (Richmond, Ashland) Anyone who knew him, soon realized he had a few stories to share. After a few months, I felt like I knew his family and just about everyone in his Community. He was very proud of his Family and his beloved Lawrenceville. I always enjoyed our journeys and conversations. It was an honor to know Leslie, and I'm quite certain he "left this life better than he found it" I miss our truck driving escapades !!

  • Comment Link Jim Bass Monday, 08 November 2021 20:16 posted by Jim Bass

    So very sorry to hear this , prayers to the family !!! I feel very blessed that I got to kknow and work with him. Always enjoyed my time with him !!!

  • Comment Link Gwendolyn H Pillow Monday, 08 November 2021 17:41 posted by Gwendolyn H Pillow

    Billy, Greg and family,
    My sincerest condolences to you all. Leslie was a wonderful husband and father. I know he is resting in the arms of Jesus and no longer in pain.
    I'm praying for you as each day and season passes. May God comfort you and give you peace tgat surpasses all understanding.
    My favorite scripture...

    I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness which the Lord the righteousness judge will award to me that day and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.
    2 Timothy 7 - 8

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