JONESBORO, Ark. – The chair of the Jonesboro Advertising and Planning Commission has unexpectedly died.
Thom Emerson Beasley died suddenly at his home Tuesday. Beasley, who served on the A&P Commission from June, 20 2006 until his unexpected passing Nov. 29, was involved in the Craighead County Farm Bureau as its manager.
Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin released a statement Tuesday.
“I was saddened to hear the news about Thom,” Perrin said. “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.”
Beasley helped work to bring a convention center to Jonesboro when it was announced in 2015 a Hyatt Hotel and convention center would be built at the Centre Park Complex on Browns Lane Access. The project became one of local talk when the following year, the commission denied funding to another group which later announced plans to build a hotel and convention center at Arkansas State University.
Beasley attended Hughes High School before attending Mississippi State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Management as part of the Class of 1971, his Facebook profile said. He farmed 1971 to 198
6, when he then went to work as an agent at Farm Bureau. In 1993, Beasley finished studying financial planning at The American College of Financial Services, becoming an agency manager of the Arkansas Farm Bureau Insurance Company. He continued in that capacity from 1993 until his passing, which happened just 11 days after his birthday on Nov. 18.
Services have not been announced as of this publication.