|Birth: ||Oct. 20, 1947|
|Death: ||Jul. 29, 2006|
CPT - Captain, U.S. Army, Vietnam service.
Co-owner of the popular Shreveport eatery Herby-K's, murdered at the business.
Story in The Times, Shreveport, Sunday, July 30, 2006, following his murder:
Family, friends mourn loss of ‘John' Bean Jr.
Neon beer signs were still glowing in the windows at Herby K's just after the lunch hour Saturday afternoon, but the music inside had stopped.
The air conditioner in the enclosed patio was still running, but the doors were locked. Tables inside the original part of the hole in the wall were turned diagonally toward the seats in the four booths — left that way from the previous night's sweeping.
And no one seems quite sure when the good times will be back.
Herby K's co-owner Adrian Johngene "John" Bean Jr., 58, died early Saturday at LSU Hospital after being shot during an armed robbery at the restaurant shortly before 9:45 p.m. Friday. Witnesses told police that a masked man dressed in all black was robbing the restaurant when he and Bean began fighting.
The assailant shot Bean and fled through an alley.
On Saturday, shocked and grieving friends placed flowers, cards and posters outside the restaurant at 1833 Pierre Ave., a Shreveport dining institution since 1936, where a handwritten sign on the door read:
"CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE."
William Myar, 50, a family friend and sometime restaurant worker, went Saturday to finish cleaning up from Friday night's dinner crowd. He put some food in the freezer and threw away perishables such as cole slaw. He said he doesn't think Herby K's will reopen any time soon.
Bean's energy had become a vibrant part of the historic restaurant since he married Janet Kaye Thrasher Busi, who had become a part of the Busi family through a previous marriage. Herbert Busi Sr. opened the restaurant — with walls covered in artist renderings of the building, old license plates and university logo stickers — 70 years ago.
Bean's gentle manner, Myar said while sitting in the booth nearest to the patio order window, made him a true "people person."
"It always made me feel good to work for him," said Myar, wiping his eyes with a napkin while a tear dropped onto his tattooed right arm. "He'd loan me his last 50 cents."
"IN MEMORY OF"
"GOD BLESS AMERICA"
Northwest Louisiana Veterans Cemetery
Plot: Memorial Gardens, grave 3 (MG 3).
Maintained by: John Andrew Prime
Originally Created by: JB BERRY
Record added: Aug 13, 2009
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A Captain (O-3) is the third ranking commissioned officer in the U.S. Army. We the people, thank you for your service. R.I.P. Captain.|
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