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SHREVEPORT, LA - Services celebrating the life of Ernest Lamar Beauvais (Ernie) will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 6, 2011, at St. Mark's Cathedral. Officiating will be The Very Reverend Dr. Jacob W. Owensby. Interment will follow at Forest Park Cemetery, St. Vincent Ave. The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 5, 2011, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home, Marshall Street.
Ernie was born September 4, 1946, in Shreveport, Louisiana, and passed away Friday, July 1, 2011 after a tragic accident on Cross Lake. He was a graduate of Bossier High School and Louisiana Tech University. He was Chairman and CEO of Coldwell Banker Commercial Dowling Beauvais & Associates, Inc. Ernie became a Licensed Louisiana Real Estate Broker in 1985. He was a 1979 graduate of the University of the Oklahoma National Commercial Lending School, and a 1976 graduate of the Louisiana State University School of Banking of the South. He served as Past President and Board Member of The Northwest Louisiana Board of Realtors Commercial Investment Division and was a member of The Downtown Shreveport Rotary Club, The Shreveport-Bossier Committee of 100, The Shreveport and Bossier Chamber's of Commerce, The Greater Bossier Economic Development Foundation, The North Louisiana Economic Partnership, and The Downtown Development Authority of Shreveport. Ernie was also a founding member of the Bistineau Social Association (BSA) and cherished all the good times he had on Lake Bistineau!
His parents, Ernest Oscar and Doris Nicholson Beauvais, niece, Lynda Kay Walther-Jones and dear friend J. Samuel O'Donnell, III (Bumma), and mother of his children Sara Cooper Beauvais preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Rhonda Green Beauvais, his daughter, Elizabeth Cooper Beauvais and husband, Steven Abney of Alexandria, VA; his son, Ernest Addison Beauvais and wife, Julie Kern Beauvais of New Orleans, LA; sister, Lynda Beauvais Jones; and brothers, Donald Keith Beauvais and special friend Rhonda Sutton, and Kenneth Ray Beauvais and wife Nancy. He is also survived by nephews, Ernest Parry Jones and Patrick Dean Beauvais; great nephews, Christian Juerg Walther and Britten Nicholas Nolte; nieces, Mary Claire Beauvais Porter and husband John, Stephanie Kate Beauvais, Brooke Green Nolte and husband Nick; and grandchildren Charlotte and Henry Abney, and Liam Beauvais. In addition he is survived by his mother and father-in-law, Gloria and Harold Green, sister-in-law, Deborah Green Sutton, and brother-in-law, Harold Britten Green and wife Ann, and beloved dog, Allie.
Honoring Ernie as pallbearers will be Wayne Brown, Jim Dowling, Jimmy Gosslee, Clyde Hargrove, Gerry Hedgcock, John Herzog, Holly Hollenshead, Tem McElroy, Michael Morrison, David Oliver, Sam Pullig, Don Updegraff, Ron Wilhite, and Dr. Richard Williams. Honorary pallbearers will be N.L(Butch) Carriere, Kirby Cole, Harold Rose, and Pat Shows.
The family suggests that memorials may be made to The Glen Retirement System, 403 E. Flournoy Lucas Road, 71115, LSU Health Science Center Foundation, 1501 Kings Highway Shreveport, LA 71103-4228 and St. Mark's Cathedral, 908 Rutherford Street Shreveport, LA 71104-4246. A special thank you to the emergency personnel of the Shreveport Fire Department and the trauma center of the LSU Health Sciences Center. The family would like to extend their appreciation to the camp rebuilding crew at Lake Bistineau that was very special to Ernie.
Ernie loved his family and his friends and had an abundant zest for life. He will live in our hearts always.
Published in Shreveport Times from July 4 to July 6, 2011