Reginald Leroy “Thundaar” Beasley, age 34, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on February 11, 2018. He was born on July 31, 1983 in Dallas, TX. He lived in Connecticut (twice) and Oklahoma, but got back to Texas as soon as he could and lived here most of his life. His life was marked by tremendous physical challenges (cancer and a severe spinal cord injury), but his personality was not defined by these things. Reggie had an amazing impact on people, despite his limitations. To his family, he was an amazing listening ear, right before he shared his insight whether you were ready to listen or not. His intelligence and quick wit were often without par - he was never content to not know what he was talking about and “sometimes” became annoyed when you did not know what you were talking about - he used those moments to “teach” us lesser intellects. Early in life, his teachers dreaded when he raised his hand, because it often meant they were getting ready to be exposed about their lack of knowledge in the subject they were supposed to be teaching. After his accident, Reggie became “Thundaar” in the on-line World of Warcraft gaming world. He developed dozens of meaningful relationships that have lasted for more than a decade. His impact on people who never met him “in person” is a testimony to his deep caring for people - all accomplished while he was creating mayhem and defending his guild family as Thundaar.
Reggie cared deeply for his family and friends, loved the outdoors, was capable of reading 500 pages/day and was a foodie extreme. He was always tinkering with recipes to produce delicious meats and veggies, and especially loved supervising his brothers in prepping and grilling the food for his family and friends to enjoy. True to form, Reggie had many questions for God - we hope God was ready, however Reggie knew how much he was loved by God and it translated into his deep love and care for others.
Reggie lived in a blended family (hmmm maybe stir-fried is a better description), and is survived by his Dad and Moms, Reginald and Debbie and Samantha Beasley; his brothers and sisters, Corey, Chrissy, Jaclyn, Michael and Raymond; nephew and nieces, Corey Jr., Chelsea, Madison, Charli, John and Matthew; grandparents, Leroy and Margie Beasley and Ted and Sheila Powers; and numerous uncles, aunts, cousins and an amazing number of friends, and several special caregivers whom he made feel like family.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you consider making donations to organizations that do spinal cord injury research such as the American Spinal Cord Institute or Walking With Anthony.