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Ernest Lamar "Ernie" Beauvais
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Birth: Sep. 4, 1946
Caddo Parish
Louisiana, USA
Death: Jul. 1, 2011
Caddo Parish
Louisiana, USA

Shreveport banker and Realtor. Active in civic and philanthropic affairs. Died in a boating accident at the Shreveport Yacht Club on Cross Lake at the start of the Independence Day weekend.


From obituary in The Times at Shreveport Monday, July 4, 2011

Ernest Lamar

Beauvais (Ernie)

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.


News obit in The Times at Shreveport, July 4, 2011

Civic leader's loss lamented

By John Andrew Prime

Shreveport property broker and civic leader Ernie Beauvais was remembered Sunday as a larger-than-life figure who loved people, loved his city and lived life to the fullest, until a boating accident over the holiday weekend claimed his life.

"He was out with friends Friday night on Cross Lake and they had just come back in when one slipped and fell and dislocated his shoulder," younger brother Kenny Beavais said Sunday. The injured friend was pulled back into the boat at the Shreveport Yacht Club and was determined to need medical treatment. But some time during that confusion, the 64-year-old water enthusiast "fell in the water, and must have hit his head and drowned," his brother said.

"Ernie was larger than life, that's for sure," said Clyde Hargrove, a Shreveport financial advisor who will be a pallbearer at Beauvais' funeral Wednesday at 2 p.m. at St. Mark's Cathedral. "He was a big character and a great guy. He was very much into what was best for the community, and he loved Shreveport, Bossier City and Louisiana.

"The thought of Ernie passing away at such a young age is hard to take," said Hargrove, who recalled his friend's love of blues music and recent friendship with actor Morgan Freeman. "He was so alive. He was way too young to be a victim of a terrible accident."

Fellow Committee of 100 member Linda Biernacki, president of Fire Tech Systems, knew Beauvais less than a decade but agreed "he lived life to its fullest... he pulled the layers of the onion back, to find out what the real story was. He always asked so many questions, and he loved children. He loved kids and loved hearing their perspective."

She recalled that at a recent birthday party for her husband, Beauvais snuck away from the adults to where the kids were, "burst into the game room and started singing 'All You Need is Love...' He was dancing and getting the kids all involved. He loved to engage people, in conversation, in life, and in the things that truly mattered to each individual."

Beauvais, a native Shreveporter and graduate of Bossier High School and Louisiana Tech University, was chairman and CEO of Coldwell Banker Commercial Dowling Beauvais & Associates. A licensed Louisiana Real Estate Broker since 1985, he also was a graduate of the University of the Oklahoma National Commercial Lending School and the Louisiana State University School of Banking of the South. His professional accomplishments included service as past president and board member of the Northwest Louisiana Board of Realtors Commercial Investment Division.

Aside from participation in the Shreveport-Bossier Committee of 100, he was a member of the Downtown Shreveport Rotary Club, the Shreveport and Bossier Chambers of Commerce, the Greater Bossier Economic Development Foundation, the North Louisiana Economic Partnership and Shreveport's Downtown Development Authority.

Immediate survivors include his widow, Rhonda Green Beauvais; daughter Elizabeth Cooper Beauvais of Alexandria, Va.; son Ernest Addison Beauvais of New Orleans; sister Lynda Beauvais Jones; brothers Donald Keith Beauvais and Kenneth Ray Beauvais; and numerous nephews, great-nephews, nieces, grandchildren and in-laws. 
Family links: 
  Ernest O. Beauvais (1915 - 1991)
  Doris Nicholson Beauvais (1918 - 1990)
Forest Park East Cemetery
Caddo Parish
Louisiana, USA
Created by: John Andrew Prime
Record added: Jul 03, 2011
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