August 16, 1928, Crockett, Texas.

Son of Lester Beasley, a minister, and Edna Stewart Beasley, Les grew up in may locations in Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana. He served in the 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division, in the Korean War. After the war, he became lead singer for the Florida Boys, a Southern Gospel quartet he managed for almost half a century. He also served as president of Beasley & Barker Music Publishers, Sacred Sound Publications, the Gospel Music Association (two years), and the Southern Gospel Music Association (later renamed to the Southern Gospel Music Guild). He also produced the Gospel Singing Jubilee, a nationally television program. His works include:

  1. God’s Way
  2. Good Folks in My Life, The
  3. Lead Me to the Altar
  4. Many Miles Behind Me
  5. Welcome Home