Charlotte Smith Slate Beasley, 81, of Phoenix, Arizona, passed away on January 26, 2024.  Charlotte was born in Springfield, Vermont, the oldest daughter of the late Irving Roy Smith and Gertrude Laporte Smith.  She was raised in Claremont, New Hampshire, later moving to Virginia and Arizona.

Charlotte was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Priscilla Pancoast and her many beloved cats.

Charlotte received an associate’s degree and worked for the State of Virginia prior to retiring.  She loved travelling with her husband Elton, especially spending time in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  She enjoyed collecting pottery along with cat art and collectibles.

Charlotte is survived by her husband of 47 years, Elton Beasley, who passed away the following day, her niece Elizabeth Lanoue of Scarborough, ME, brother-in-law Bill Beasley of Daleville, VA, nephew Billy Beasley and his wife Karen of Daleville, VA, niece Betsy Beasley of Glen Allen, VA, and many extended family members.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a gift in Charlotte’s memory to The Cat Corner, a nonprofit, no-kill shelter.  Gifts may be made online at http://www.thecatcornerinc.com/donate.html or by mail to The Cat Corner, 85 Fulton St, Hampton, VA 23663.


  • Catherine Bersik

    I can’t believe Charlotte and Elton are gone. I have so many memories of our friendship, places we visited, wine festivals we went to, we did alot together. I hope that they are both at peace now.

  • Charlotte was a Great lady, I got to spend 6 months w/ her & got to here the wonderful years of her life before she met Elton & when she met him. She was a funny lady a good person, she was special in her own right. I got the pleasure of learning about her love of her many cats. I will love & miss you much special lady. Respectfully Your Caregiver & friend Cynthia

  • Nicole Naassan

    Charlotte and Elton, I am so sad that you are gone, but I am so happy that you left this life together! When I started my first job out of college at FERC, I was so lucky to be sharing an office with you EB, I just didn’t know it at the time. We had so much fun! You were my DC parents. You took care of me and guided me with so much love and laughter over the years. I will truly miss you both. Love, Nicole.

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