Pastor Thomas A. "Tommy" Beatley, 63, of Milan, Indiana, formerly of Greendale, Indiana, passed away Tuesday August 4, 2020 in Milan, Indiana.
He was born July 27, 1957 in Beech Grove, IN, son of the late Raymond Beatley and Dorothy (Newman) Beatley.
Tommy was a graduate of the University of Indianapolis and received a Masters of Art & Religious Education from the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. He served as a Youth Minister connected to several churches for over 37 years. Tommy was a minister in the United Methodist Church since 1988. He recently retired from the Osgood United Methodist Church and was currently serving the Delaware United Methodist Church. Tommy served other churches in St. Paul, Indiana, Hamline Chapel in Lawrenceburg, Indiana as well as the Napoleon United Methodist Church. Tommy enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, mowing the lawn, and gardening. He was a big animal lover. He was very patriotic and kept close watch on things going on in our area and in our country. Tommy was loved by everyone that met him, he was a people person and was always ready to lend a helping hand. He gave of himself to meet the needs of others. Tommy walked the walk of a true Christian and shepherded many people, young and old, in his walk of faith. Tommy's faith, family and friends were very important to him and he will be greatly missed. He left a legacy of kindness, and cheerfulness and was loving to all.
Thomas is survived by his loving spouse of almost 40 years Joann (Gehring) Beatley; sons, Matthew "Matt" Beatley of Milan, IN, William "Billy" Beatley of Milan, IN; special foster daughters, Tina Schebler of Milan, IN, Carrie (Steve) Fuchs of Guilford, IN.; siblings, Jim Beatley of Greenwood, IN, Dottie (David) Sanford of Sequim, WA, Mark (Sherri) Beatley of Greenwood, IN, Lori (Eric) Gamble of Greenwood, IN; and , several nieces, nephews, great neices and great nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents Raymond and Dorothy; siblings, Mick Beatley, and Janie Beatley.
Friends will be received Saturday, August 8, 2020, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm at the First Baptist Church Greendale, 45 Tebbs Ave, Greendale, Indiana.
A private family service will be held with Pastor Bob Cannon officiating.
Contributions may be made to the Fishes & Loaves Food Pantry, at Delaware United Methodist Church. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.
Due to the current situation dealing with COVID-19, we are following the directives from Governor Holcomb and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concerning large events and mass gatherings. The family deeply appreciates the support and love shown from friends, but the health and well being of everyone in our community is of top priority. We are asking everyone who will be in attendance to please remember the social distancing guidelines at all times, and the wearing of masks is highly recommended.
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