PROSPERITY — For three years the Killer Beez Band, a family band that plays a variety of genres from the last four decades, has been a regular helping entertain the community at Roma’s House of Pizza in Prosperity.
Saturday starting at 4 p.m. Roma’s is asking the community to come out and support the Beasley family and the Killer Beez lead singer, 19-year-old Colton Beasley.
Colton Beasley has been in a coma for more than two weeks and the family has growing medical expenses related to his treatment.
Originally diagnosed with viral meningitis, doctors induced a coma to help him heal, but for reasons unknown at the time of this article, Colton remained in the coma when medical staff attempted to bring him out of it.
For the Beasley family, their world stopped.
His father, Terry, and mother, Lisa, have been at Colton’s side throughout, which means taking time away from their jobs and that time off has added to the financial needs of the family as Colton incurs more medical bills each day.
Terry Beasley said the medical professionals at Columbia area hospitals and at MUSC have been supportive of the family. Many of the nurses who treated Colton prior to his being transferred to MUSC have “friended” the band on Facebook and have kept in touch with the family to follow the young man’s progress.
“Lisa and I are overwhelmed and greatly humbled by the outpouring of support from family, friends, church family and the community,” he said.
In about a week, he said the prayer list for his son saw exponential growth and now over 10,000 are praying for Colton. People from Arizona, New York, Texas, the Carolinas and more are lifting up the Beasleys in prayer.
“We have received phenomenal support from our pastor Johnny Mueller at Dutch Fork Baptist Church,” he said. “And members have made visits and brought food. We just want to express our heartfelt thanks to all those folks for what they’ve done to help us (during this difficult time).”
The Beasley’s said people from other venues where they play have brought food and expressed support including desire to hold more benefits.
A family band
The Killer Beez is a group Colton calls a family band. Terry’s father was a long time guitar player and band member and both Terry and Lisa played in bands with him.
After Terry’s father passed away, the family started The Killer Beez as a tribute to him. In 2013 the family band played 60 shows, mostly in the Midlands region.
Colton sings lead, Terry plays guitar and Lisa plays keyboard and does vocals. Fred Wolfsinger and Matt Darazs round out the group. Occasionally the Beasleys perform as an acoustic trio.
Since 2011, he estimates the family has played at Roma’s at least once a month.
Colton Beasley, a sophomore at USC’s Darla Moore School of Business, also has his own rock band Osara which recently released an album of original material.
A versatile musician, Colton plays guitar, bass, drums, piano and sings for Osara. While in high school, Colton played in the worship band at Dutch Fork Baptist Church.
Terry and Lisa continue to play in the band with Terry on guitar and Lisa doing vocals and playing keyboard.
Terry Beasley says the family draws strength from God’s Word, particularly Psalm 188:17.
“We are standing on God’s word claiming a full recovery,” he said.
The Beasleys covet prayers at this time.
On Saturday, all sales from 4 p.m. on will go toward the family’s expenses.
“There will be donation buckets at Roma’s and around town and T-shirts and wristbands will be for sale on the 15th,” organizer Jessica Eshaak said. “If we can help his family (with medical expenses) we really want to do our part. All sales on the night of March 15 go to help the family.”
Entertainment by Gerry Delgado begins at 8 p.m.