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Beaches Chapel by Hardage-Giddens

1701 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville Beach, FL

OBITUARY

Geraldine A. Beasley

August 29, 1926August 12, 2019
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Geraldine Alice Beasley, 92, of Atlantic Beach, passed away on August 12, 2019. She was born Geraldine Deas on August 29, 1926. She graduated from Jennings High School on April 21, 1944. She married Leon "JR" Beasley on February 10, 1949.

They had two sons, Gerald and Ronald Beasley. They worked in the restaurant business early in their careers and in the early 1950's opened The Rite Spot Restaurant, first situated between Pete's Bar and Pete's Hut on 1st Street in Neptune Beach. Later they expanded and moved to Atlantic Boulevard, where it remained until they sold it in the early 1990's. They also opened a second location, with their son, Gerald at Mayport for a time.

Geraldine kept her "boys" in line at the Rite Spot, mothering the bus boys and cooks and greeting the customers daily with a smile and a kind word. She and JR served fresh seafood and homestyle cooking that was known around the city. Many vacationers stopped by year after year to see the Beasleys when they were in town and brought souvenir plates with them from all over the country to be displayed at the restaurant. When they sold the restaurant in 1995, the new owner made sure to have plates made to put on the wall to remember the tradition.

In addition to her role as a small business owner, Geraldine doted on her 3 grandchildren, Melissa, Danielle and Ronnie Beasley. At the time of her death, she was survived by her two sons Gerald and Ronnie, her grandchildren Melissa, Danielle and Ronnie, and 10 great grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 7 pm on August 21, 2019 with visitation with the family 1-hour before the service at HARDAGE-GIDDENS FUNERAL HOME, 1701 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach.

In lieu of flowers, the family recommends a donation to Community Hospice & Palliative Care of NE Florida, 4266 Sunbeam Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32257.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, August 21, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Wednesday, August 21, 2019
  • Reception Wednesday, August 21, 2019

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Carolyn k

August 21, 2019

I had the pleasure of being apart of Geraldine's care for many years. I will miss that beautiful face and smile. So sorry for the families loss.

Tracy Crowell

August 20, 2019

My husband and I were on our first date and had a vehicle accident at Penman Road and Beach Boulevard. It was Florida/Georgia weekend and I called the Rite Spot to get a hold of my sister, Ronnie’s wife, Donna. She couldn’t be found so Mrs. Beasley came to the site of the accident and picked us up and took us home since our vehicle was not driveable. She did this without a second thought to how busy her restaurant was during this weekend and gladly gave her time to help when someone was in need. I’ll never forget that first date and the help we received from a wonderful caring woman!!! RIP Mrs Beasley. We Love you!!!

Judy Lewis

August 16, 2019

In the 70’s my mom and I would go to the restaurant near Pete’s. Each week she would come and visit with us and tell us about all those plates. To this day every time I see a plate with a state or a picture, I think of her and eating there. So sorry for the families loss.

Chip Vista

August 15, 2019

I used to work at the Rite Spot in Mayport when I was in high school. I have a lot of great memories of those days. Every time I saw Mrs. Beasley she had a smile on face and she was always just so nice to me. I've always had a lot of respect and admiration for Gerald and his family. We will pray for you Gerald.

Chip and Tafi Vista

Marie Boone

August 15, 2019

Geri was the most beautiful kind True Southern Woman I have ever known. She loved her family beyond words. I was blessed knowing her and and her parents and husband Jr and Ronnie and Gerald.
Please know I always remembered her and her family and have always kept her in my heart ❤️ Prayers to Ronnie and Gerald and their families. God Bless you,
Love always
Marie and Gil Boone

Dorothy Ross

August 15, 2019

So very sorry to hear of the loss of Geraldine. We ate many meals at the Ritespot and became great friends. Geraldine was the sweetest person and Huck would always give her a kiss on the cheek and say I was jealous. We had lots of laughs over that. Geraldine will be greatly missed. Prayers to the family and lots of love.

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