Rev. Hardy Beaubouef

Rev. Hardy Beaubouef, Sr., 92, of the Magnolia Community south of Jena, was received into Heaven on Tuesday, December 10, 2013. He was born on Thursday, February 10, 1921 in Vick, 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. Bro. Hardy 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 helpmate. 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. Bro. Hardy accepted God’s  call to preach the gospel of Jesus on Labor Day night in 1951. During the next fifty plus years, he pastored 17 churches and preached hundreds 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 loved his God. (I Corinthians 13:8) Services were held at 1 p.m., Friday, Dec. 13, in the Nebo Baptist Church with the Revs. Gary Norris, Willie Beaubouef and Todd Norris officiating. Interment followed in the Hawthorne Cemetery in the Little Creek Community under direction of Kinner and
Stevens Funeral Home of Jena. He was preceded in death by his parents; 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; and two sons-in-law, James “Eddie” Hatfield and Tony Kelley. Survivors include his wife of 21 years, Della Beaubouef of Jena; four daughters, Ruthene Thompson and husband Wilford of Joyce, Glynda Norris and husband Gary of Nebo, Eva McIlwain and husband Leo of Trout, and Regina Kelley of Tioga; seven sons, Hardy Beaubouef, Jr. and wife Peggy, Kenneth Beaubouef and wife Patsy, Eugene Beaubouef and wife Becky, and Bobby Beaubouef and wife D’Wanna, all of Calvin; Willie Beaubouef of Jena, Hudey Beaubouef and wife Vickie of
Jonesboro, and Ronald Beaubouef and fiancé Terry Wade of Jena; one stepson, Albert Nugent and wife Gail of Boyce; one step-daughter, Janis Willis and husband Roy of Pine Prairie; one brother, Byron Beaubouef and wife  Melba of Deville; two sisters, Gertrude Smith and Beatrice Cole, both of Deville; 30 grandchildren, 7 step grandchildren, 38 great grandchildren, 13 step great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. Grandsons served as pallbearers.   
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