Beverly D. Harris
1943 - 2021
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Beverly D. Harris, 78, a native of Edgard, LA and life-long resident of St. John the Baptist Parish, passed away peacefully in Atlanta, GA on March 31, 2021, surrounded by her husband of 53 years, Dr. Henry Yale Harris, Sr. and her loving family. Beverly was born February 21, 1943, the youngest child of the late Fernand Dinvaut Jr. and Louella Dinvaut of Edgard, LA. Raised in a Christian home, her parents instilled education into her life with the love of God. Beverly, a beloved educator and community leader lived an exemplary life of service with a legacy dedicated to her family, the church and the educational institutions where she taught and served. Beverly's legacy of education began in St. John Parish public schools where she completed high school. She went on to graduate from Dillard University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Health, Science & Physical Education. She subsequently earned a Master's Degree in Guidance/Counseling from Southeastern Louisiana University and an Associate degree in Substance Abuse from Southern University of New Orleans. Beverly began her professional teaching career in 1966 at Fifth Ward High School in Reserve, LA. In 1969, during school desegregation, Beverly was one of 13 black teachers transferred to teach at Leon Godchaux High School. She taught at Reserve Junior High from 1972 to 1975. In 1976, she returned to Leon Godchaux High School as a school counselor and later moved to East St. John High School, where she worked for 20 years in guidance/counseling. Her educational legacy continued at St. John Parish School Board central office where she worked as the School-to-Career Coordinator for 13 years until retiring June 30, 2009, having retired with 43 years of dedicated service in education. Beverly touched the lives of thousands of students, where she treated each child as her own. She loved children and believed in helping them to find their purpose. With her steadfast Christian foundation, Beverly's legacy of service continued as she was a dedicated and active participant in the life of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church including serving as a Eucharist Minister, Altar Coordinator and Lecturer. She held membership and served at Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Church. In addition, she leaves a legacy of service to her community. Over the span of her life, her community service included serving on DuPont's Community Advisory Board, Rotary Club of LaPlace, St. John 4-H Foundation Board, St. John Child Advocacy Services (CASS) and former member of St. John United Way. For anyone who knew Beverly, she leaves us with fond memories of wonderful stories, a love for God and her family. Because she loved children with all of her heart, from their union came two daughters Kashifa and Supriya, for whom she loved and adored, having God to bless her with the children she always wanted. She also dearly loved her stepson the late, Henry Harris, Jr. Beverly was a sweet woman with a twinkle in her eye that was most often joined by chuckles that made the listener's heart melt. She never complained about anything but had an opinion about most everything. Beverly will best be remembered as a woman with a warm heart whose life's mission was to spread love and kindness to anyone she met. She loved her students and her students loved her. She was a praying woman who was faithful to her God, her husband, her children and grandchildren, her church and community and most importantly to her family. She leaves to cherish her memories her devoted husband, Dr. Henry Yale Harris, Sr., their children Kashifa Harris Lassic (Derrick) and Supriya Harris; grandchildren, Paul Obiora, Kingston Jackson, Kiyan Lassic, Lisa Harris Gunter (Shaun), Andres Harris (Sam), Camilo Harris, Maira Harris; great grandchildren, Penelope Boesen, Lexa Harris; Godchildren, Bridget Dinvaut Sanders, Gidget Rousseve Downing and Nivea Albert. Two sisters Rosemary Sorapuru and Jacqueline Rousseve, sister-in-law, Philomena Dinvaut and daughter-in-law Alicia Harris, a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, friends and students. She was preceded in death by her parents Fernand Dinvaut, Jr. and Louella Dinvaut, step-son Henry Harris, Jr., three brothers, Rudolph Dinvaut, Ferdinand Dinvaut III, Mullin Dinvaut, sister-in-law Corine Dinvaut, and brothers-in-law Leroy Sorapuru and Maurice Rousseve, Sr. Prayers are appreciated for the family during this time of bereavement. A mass of Christian burial will be held on Saturday, April 10, 2021 at Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Church, 1900 Greenwood Dr, Laplace, LA, 70068, Father Walter Austin, Officiant. Visitation will begin at 9:00 am. Mass will begin at 11:00 am. Entombment at St. Peter's Catholic Church Cemetery, 1550 LA - 44, Reserve, LA, 70084. Final care has been entrusted to Bardell Mortuary, 3856 LA 44 Mt. Airy, LA 70076. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, mask and social distancing will be strictly enforced. "For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought the good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith." 2 Timothy 4:6-7.

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Published in The Times-Picayune from Apr. 5 to Apr. 10, 2021.
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April 13, 2021
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Peggie Jones and Family
Friend
April 13, 2021
We are so happy we had the opportunity Aunt Rosemary to meet your sister Beverly. She was ray of light and will sorely missed by all. Our deepest condolences to you and your family. With Love, The Adam Family Theresa, Kathy, Michele and Andy.
KATHY ADAM
Family
April 10, 2021
I met Beverly some years ago when she and her husband moved to our neighborhood in Belle Terre. She was a beautiful lady inside and out.
She always had a good word to say and always had a smile whenever I saw her. May she rest in the peace of the Lord in her new Heavenly home!
Sincere condolences to her Husband, Dr. Harris and the family
as they celebrate her life! ✝
Bob Feucht
Friend
April 10, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Lisa Tregre-Wilder
Friend
April 9, 2021
My deepest condolences to the family. Beverly was a joy to know. It

My deepest condolences to the family. Beverly was a joy know. She al
.ways shared loving advice in reference to my children. I will cherish that always. My she rest in the arms of the Lord.






Glythina (Gayle) Batiste
Coworker
April 9, 2021
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Glythina (Gayle) Batiste
Coworker
April 9, 2021
A truly genuine person and a sincere professional.
Rob Schaff
Coworker
April 9, 2021
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. Mrs. Harris was a joy to work with as an administrator of St. John Parish Public Schools. I have been blessed for knowing her.
Ida Holmes
Coworker
April 8, 2021
She Definitely Was A Warm Hearted Person My P.E Teacher RIH ✝❤
Wanda Roberson
Student
April 8, 2021
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
REGINA BURKE
Student
April 7, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always. We will cherish the inspirational words and motivational guidance you always inspired in our talks. God Bless and keep your family in his loving arms. We will keep your family in our prayers. Your student and friends. Angela, Shauna and Loren
Angela August Aubert
Student
April 7, 2021
Dr. Harris, Rosemary, Jackie and family you have my deepest sympathy. I am praying with you and for you during this difficult time. May God continue to keep you all in His constant care.
Ingrid Green Adams
Friend
April 7, 2021
Mrs.Harris was a beautiful soul. She and her husband sat near our family during Mass at AOL. She was a beacon of light and joy through the years. May she Rest In Peace.
Andrea Johnson
Friend
April 7, 2021
I loved having Mrs.Harris as a teacher! She was a one of a kind person! Prayers to her husband and her family!
Iris Simon
April 7, 2021
Mrs. Harris was passionate about her faith, her family, and her community. Her heart was just that big. I will miss those twinkly eyes, that warm chuckle, and our political discussions.
Renee Lapeyrolerie
Family
April 6, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Shawanda Batiste
Student
April 6, 2021
Ms. Beverly was the best P.E . teacher anybody ever have. Rest in peace. Prayer to her family. Roxanne Laborde
Roxanne Laborde
Student
April 6, 2021
Condolences to her Family.
Mrs. Dinvaut during my time in school. I have immediate memories is seeing that smile first of all.
I sincerely enjoyed be in her class. She was a very Sweet Teacher.
Class of 1971

Cheryl Jackson Morgan
Cheryl Jackson
Student
April 6, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Delores E Robertson
April 6, 2021
It wasn't that long ago we spoke. I didn't even know she was sick. She told me to pray about it and I'll always know what to to do. Never any judgment. St. John parish has lost a true angel that will be missed be all that knew her
Candance
Student
April 6, 2021
Ms. Harris, Gosh, how I loved you as a teacher and guidance counselor. You were always so sweet and kind to me and so many others. You will be dearly missed!
Denise Goldman
Student
April 6, 2021
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.

ESJH Class Of "84"
Tanya M Bailey
Student
April 6, 2021
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Wanda Meade Dauzat
Student
April 6, 2021
Rest in Heaven you was my teacher you was always a wonderful woman
Donna Duhe
Student
April 5, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
JUANITA JONES
Student
April 5, 2021
Glad I had the pleasure of working for Mr Harris and her she will be truely miss too the family l will be praying for your strength God Bless you all in your time of sorrow
tammy jackson
Friend
April 5, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Patricia Zeno
Student
April 5, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Constance Schexnayder
April 5, 2021
Ms. Harris as we called her. What a beautiful woman. Kindhearted, Sweet, Well Manners. I could go on and on about her. Now she is in the master hands. Take your rest. To the family lean on God he will see you through in your time of sorrow.
Joyce Bush
Friend
April 5, 2021
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Norma Dorris
Friend
April 5, 2021
My heartfelt condolences to the Harris and Dinvaut family.
May God bless you in this time of sorrow !
Joy Cannon
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