Carlisle Beasley Jr.
February 21, 1936 – May 27, 2019
EZRA CARLISLE BEASLEY, JR passed away May 27, 2019. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ezra Carlisle Beasley, Sr. (deceased), and is survived by his wife, Claudette, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Knight (deceased), son Ezra Carlisle Beasley III (Lyle – and wife Lisa), two daughters June (and Mike) Fleming and Angela (and Criswell) Freeman, and five grandchildren, Chandler and Will Beasley, Courtney and Chase Fleming, and Carlisle (Carli) Freeman. He was a graduate of West End High School and earned his B.S. in Business Management from Vanderbilt’s Peabody College and his Masters in Education from Tennessee State University. He worked in the transportation field for nearly 40 years, serving as Operations Manager for regional trucking carrier Mason Dixon Lines from 1960-1966 prior to being hired as Director of Pupil Transportation for Metro Nashville Public Schools in 1966. Over the course of his 33-year career at MNPS he managed a fleet of over 500 school buses, supervised nearly 600 people, successfully implemented one of the nation’s earliest desegregation plans, and transported approximately 50,000 students each day to and from school. He was proud of “never losing a child” to injury during any of the approximately 600,000,000 daily bus rides by Nashville students. After retirement from MNPS, he worked for another 15 years as an industry consultant, lecturer, instructor, and expert witness. He was widely recognized as a leader in his field, having served in multiple leadership roles including: President – National Assn of Pupil Transportation (NAPT), Chairman School Transportation Executive Committee for the National Safety Council, and the and Board of Directors for the National Safety Council. He was honored to receive the Distinguished Service Award (highest safety award given) by both the NAPT and the National Safety Council. He was selected as School Bus Fleet Magazine’s “Man of the Year” and was inducted into the National Association of Pupil Transportation Hall of Fame in Nov 2001. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Elk’s Club, Liar’s Club, Optimist Club and Green Hills coffee club. He had a huge heart, was always early, loved to laugh (and make others laugh) and was beautifully understated in his life well-lived. “Pops” will be missed by all. Visitation will be held at Woodlawn Roesch Patton funeral home from noon to 3pm on Friday, May 31st, followed by a private family graveside service.
Gathering of Family and Friends
Friday, May 31, 2019
Carlisle Beasley Jr.
May 31, 2019
Mr Beasley has been the best Transportation Director Metro Nashville Schools have ever had. He treated School Bus Drivers, Personal and all workers with Respect. Hasn’t been the same since his retirement. Thank you Mr Beasley.
Edward, Ted Clayton
May 30, 2019
Carlisle was a very special person and I will always remember his loyalty and devotion to the School Transportation industry. I also enjoyed some laughs with him and Claudette along with some fun experiences. The Industry has lost a Great One. My thoughts and Prayers are with Claudette and the Family. Ted Clayton
May 29, 2019
Carlisle always lit up the room! I remember always seeing him at the Gatlinburg meetings when I went with my Dad and Mom (Ronnie and Connie Briggler). He always made you feel special and never forgot a face. One time I was in Nashville on a girls trip over a weekend and my debit card decided to stop working, so I couldn't get a hold of the bank. Carlisle came to the rescue to us girls to make sure we had a good time and had all that we needed. He was a special man and will be greatly missed.
May 29, 2019
It was an honor to known Carlisle. What a great man. He would come to New Mexico to teach at our summer institute. He was liked by many. He told us that it was the only time he taught three generations in the same class, my grandmother Minnie (Aztec Schools), my mom Ann (Farmington Schools) and myself. We were blessed to have known such a great man.
May 29, 2019
I knew Carlisle at West End High School where we graduated in 1954. I didn't have any contact with him until a few years ago when our class started having reunions and there were other functions like the lunch Bunch and the All Class Homecoming celebrations. I can honestly say in his case it was appropriate to say "you haven't changed a bit." One thing we did laugh about that had changed was now the airlines insist on using our dormant first names, like "Ezra" in his case, or "Walter" in mine. He and Claudette both laughed because her boarding pass now reads "June." He was a good man and he will be missed by a lot of people.
John Ed Garrett
May 29, 2019
To Claudette, Lyle, June, Carli, spouses, and grandchildren—you know best the magnitude of Carlisle’s passing. As well, the impact on those of us within his circle of colleagues and friends is enormous; for me, it is a profound personal loss.
He was not an ordinary man, but uniquely the most unforgettable character I ever met—always cheerful, joking, positive, smiling, upbeat, and most of all, continually giving and serving. Indeed, he was a jolly good fellow that made the world a better place.
I trust it is a measure of comfort for you to know that in my observation of over sixty-years, his words and deeds in the light and shadows always were honorable, wholesome, and respectful of God, family, country, and his profession. The examples he set, the values he upheld, and the goodness he practiced surely will endure and multiply through those whose paths he crossed.
I am convinced that there was no room in his perspective for embracing sadness in farewells but for a moment, so I rejoice that he is in a better place brightening the day for all in his presence. —John Ed Garrett
Curt and Linda Daniels
May 28, 2019
I meet Mr. Beasley at the lake in KY. through Dave and Shirley, My memories of Carlisle was one time we were visiting at the lake Dave and Shirley's air went out and Carlisle instead we stay at one of his places at the lake and another time last year my husband and I stayed in Tennessee at a hotel and I left something there and Carlisle went out if his way to pickup our item and bring to our friends at the lake for us. He was truly a kind soul and always wanted to make people happy, we will miss him at our visits to.the lake.