Thom Beasley, A&P commissioner, dies at home

Thom Beasley, A&P commissioner, dies at home

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Thom Beasley, Jonesboro businessman and chairman of the city's Advertising and Promotions Commission, died suddenly at his home.

Beasley served on the A & P Commission from June 20, 2006, until his death on Tuesday, Nov. 29.

During his tenure, he worked to bring a convention center to the city.

That goal was realized in 2015 when the Keller family announced it would build a convention center and 150-room Hyatt Hotel at the Centre Park complex on Browns Lane Access.

The following year Beasley and the commission denied funding to O'Reilly Hospitality, which plans to build another convention center and hotel on the Arkansas State University campus.

In addition to his service as a commissioner, Beasley was the manager of the Craighead County Farm Bureau.

He was instrumental in planning and developing the ASU Regional Farmers' Market.

Mayor Harold Perrin released this statement upon hearing of Beasley's death:

"I was saddened to hear the news about Thom. Thom was a good friend and a true public servant of the City of Jonesboro who tried to help everyone he could. My prayers and thoughts are with his family, as well as his associates at Farm Bureau."

Funeral arrangements have not been announced.

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