Rev. Hardy Beaubouef

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Rev. Hardy Beaubouef, 92 of the Magnolia community in LaSalle Parish, passed away Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at
his residence. He was born on February 10, 1921 in Vick, LA in Avoyelles  Parish to the union of William “Bill” Beaubouef and Regina Cole Beaubouef. Shortly after his birth, the family moved to Deville, or more specifically, the Wiley Point
Community, which is located  about six miles from the Avoyelles Parish line. He went to school at the Wiley Point School, which was a small three-room school that only went to the seventh grade. He grew up attending the Big Island Baptist Church and was saved when he was 12 years old. He would tell “I’ve served Jesus for most of my life so that is really all I know to talk about.” He married Mattie Lee “Bobbie” Hickman in 1941, his faithful companion and help mate. During the next many years they would raise 11 children together. In June of 1991, just three months short of celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary, God called his wife home. In August of 1992, God not yet being finished with him saw fit to give him Mrs. Della, another wife and faithful companion to share in his ministry. He accepted Gods’ call to preach the Gospel of Jesus on Labor Day night 1951. During the next fifty plus years, he pastored 17 churches and preached undreds of revivals. One of his last special ministries was preaching at the LaSalle Nursing Home every Friday morning for a couple of years. Only God knows how many people have been saved under his ministry and how many lives have been changed as a result of his faithfulness to his Lord. He loved his life, his family and friends, but most of all he
loves his God! (I Corinthians 13:8) He was preceded in death by his father, William “Bill” Beaubouef; mother, Regina Cole Beaubouef; first wife, Mattie Lee Hickman Beaubouef; infant son, Harvis Lee Beaubouef; one sister, Audrey Bonnette; three brothers, Elbert Beaubouef; Dotson Beaubouef and Watson Beaubouef; one infant grandson, 
Jayson Norris, one daughter-in-law, Rachel Beaubouef, two son-in-laws, James “Eddie” Hatfield; Tony Kelley.
Survivors include his wife of 21 years, Della Beaubouef of Jena, LA; eleven children, four daughters , Ruthene Thompson and husband Wilford of Joyce ,LA; Glynda Norris and husband Gary of Jena, LA; Eva McIlwain and husband Leo of Trout, LA; Regina Kelley of Tioga LA ; seven sons, Hardy Beaubouef Jr. and wife Peggy; Kenneth Beaubouef and wife Patsy; Eugene Beaubouef and wife Becky; Bobby Beaubouef and wife D’Wanna all of Calvin, LA; Willie Beaubouef of Jena, LA; Hudey Beaubouef and wife Vickie of Jonesboro, LA; Ronald Beaubouef and fiancé Terry Wade of Jena, LA; one stepson, Albert Nugent and wife Gail of Boyce, LA ; one step daughter, Janis Willis and husband Roy of Pine Prairie, LA; one brother, Byron Beaubouef and wife Melba of Deville, LA; two sisters, Gertrude Smith and Beatrice Cole of Deville, LA; Thirty grandchildren; seven step grandchildren, thirty-eight great grandchildren; thirteen step great grandchildren, two great, great grandchildren. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.Grandsons served as pallbearers. 
Funeral services were held at 1:00PM on Friday, December 13, 2013 in the Nebo Baptist Church with Reverends Gary
Norris, Willie Beaubouef and Todd Norris officiating. Interment followed in the Hawthorne Cemetery of the Little Creek community under the direction of Kinner & StevensFuneral Home of Jena. 
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