Jerry Wayne Beasley
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"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." 2 Timothy 4:7. A loving husband, father, grandfather and friend, he died at 4 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008, at Baton Rouge General Medical Center-Bluebonnet. He was vice president of Baton Rouge Industries and a resident of Slaughter. He was 58 and a native of Independence. Visiting at Baker Funeral Home, 6401 Groom Road, Baker, on Friday, Oct. 24, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. until religious service at 10 a.m. Service conducted by Wayne Davis and eulogy by Steve Broussard. Interment in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. Survived by his wife, Karen Beasley; parents, Julius and Agnes Beasley; three daughters and sons-in-law, Lisa and Ralph Thaxton, Sandra and Shannon Bellue and Rhonda and Spencer Wilson; son and daughter-in-law, Jason and Dawn Beasley; three sisters, Linda Gail Brashear, Darlene Ritchey and Barbara Davis; three brothers, David, Bruce and James Beasley; and 10 grandchildren, Jory, Jobi and Jaeln Thaxton, Jonathan, Brennon and Bryson Beasley, Chrysa Harris, Dakota Beasley, Kasen Bellue and Logan Wilson. Preceded in death by his brother, Donald Ray Beasley. Pallbearers will be David Beasley, Spencer Wilson, Ralph Thaxton, Jonathan Beasley, Brennon Beasley, Kody Beasley, Jory Thaxton and James Beasley. Honorary pallbearers are Jason Beasley and Wayne Davis.

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Published in The Advocate from Oct. 23 to Oct. 24, 2008.
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November 22, 2008

It has been a month since you passed away and I really thought it would get easier, but for me it gets harder each day, knowing that we will never see you again. Everyday something happens that reminds me of you. Whether it is a song, a food, something the kids say, a phrase or just something I see that triggers a memory of you. Then I can't help but be sad about all the things that you will miss seeing and expierence with me, Ralph and the kids. The holidays are coming up and that was a time that you loved, because the whole family was together and it was never dull!! Our lives will never be the same and that is hard for me to grasp. I have gone through so many emotions over the last month, sadness, anger, guilt and so many more I don't even know how to describe. I know from my personal faith that one day we will all be together walking the streets of gold and it says we will dance and rejoice, so maybe we will finally get to see you do that jitterbug that mom always begged for!! That I can't wait for!! Until then I will miss you dearly and my life will never be the same. I love you and my only comfort in all of this, is knowing that you are no longer in pain, that you are fully restored, physically, mentally and emotionally. Your passing has caused a great void in my life, that no one will ever replace and my children talk about their memories of you everday. I am thankful that they are old enough that they have great memories of their paw paw and that they remember you before you got sick and depressed, because that is the paw paw they knew and loved and will always miss. Keep a watch over us from above!!


Lisa Beasley Thaxton
November 20, 2008
To My Daddy,

It has almost been a month and I just wanted to say that I miss you more and more as each day passes. I went to your grave yesterday. I go at least once a week. Logan went with me, as he always does. He does not really understand why we go there since you are in Heaven. I told him that they buried your treasure chest there and that there are tunnels under the ground that led you to Heaven. He knows that your body has been restored and is like new. He loves to hear how you can walk and even run now. I am just so glad that he was able to have such a great relationship with you. He saw you everyday for 5 1/2 years so this is not easy for him to understand. I do not think that he can grasp that since you are now in Heaven, you will not ever come back home to us here. Today when we pulled up in the driveway, he said I'm gonna go see PawPaw and Annie and that just absolutely breaks my heart! I do find comfort in knowing that you are watching over us and we will see you again one day! It will never be the same without you here. I know that you are in a much better place and are no longer suffering and I think that is the only thing that is getting me through this. I guess it is selfish of me to want you here with us, but I just miss you so much! I hope that you are looking down and will give us strength. You were the glue that held this family together and I hope we can continue our lives in a way that would make you proud. I love you so much and miss you more than ever! Love Always, Your Baby Girl,
Rhonda Michelle Beasley Wilson
November 20, 2008
To My PawPaw,

I am such a lucky boy to have had the best PawPaw ever. The last words that I said to you are that "I Love You more than anything in the whole wide world" and I meant every word of it. I miss you everyday PawPaw. Every night before I go to bed, I blow kisses to you in Heaven. My mama tells me that you are walking, running, fishing and doing everything that you love to do. We talk about you everyday and I will always remember ALL of the good times we had. I will miss all of the fun I had with you. I loved riding around with you on the golf cart, playing with all of your tools in the shop, fishing in the pond; or swimming in my pool, jumping on my trampoline or playing on the dirt piles while you watched me. You would do absolutely anything for me and I will always remember what an awesome PawPaw I had. You always told me that you would not be here forever but I never knew that you would be gone so soon. I hope you know how much I love you and I know that I will see you again one day in Heaven. Love always, Your Little Buddy AKA That Little Short Dude
Logan Cade Wilson
November 20, 2008
Mr. Jerry was one of a kind. He was the smartest and kindest man that I have ever met. I could ask him about anything and he would always know the answer. I will miss having my little fat buddy around here. It will never be the same. We have made lots of memories over the past 12 years that I will forever cherish. I will miss him so much!
Your Son-In-Law Spencer Lee Wilson
October 31, 2008
Lisa, Rhonda & Family

We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are you with you and your family. If you need anything, please let us know.
Candy & Charlie Norton
October 30, 2008
Rhonda and family,
May God bless all of you and give you strenght to get through this difficult time. I know you will all miss him, but know that he is always with you and he loves you all.
Tammy Gardner
October 28, 2008
May God bless everyone during this time of sorrow. I enjoyed working with the entire family and I know that he is in a better place now. Everyone that met Jerry are better off in their lives now. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family. God Bless
Lawrence Robillard
October 27, 2008
Sorry this has taken me so long to do. This is the absolute hardest thing I have gone through in my life. Mr. Jerry was not only my father-in-law, but he closest thing to a dad that I had at times in my life. and one of my good friends. I met Mr. Jerry over 21 years ago when I married his only son. It was a rocky road at first but God blessed me with not only a great mother but also great inlaws. I dont think that you realized that as we watched you parent us we was learning little tricks on how to parent ours. I can remember many a times that I had to come to you about something to see what to do or how to handle it. You never strayed us in the wrong way and tried teaching us as much as you knew. You have always not only gave me joy in my life but also my children who all thought that their paw paw was the coolest. Like the day you picked up jonathan from an angola baseball tournament on your motorcycle. They had won and he got to ride home with you on the back holding his trophy. Wow for the next week that is all we heard about was how cool and smart you were. There are so many more of those memories that have been made over these last 21 years that I am truly blessed to have been a part of and will always cherish them. You will be so deeply missed not only by me but my entire family, Our complete family is still depending on you to be the superglue to hold us together. Family is all you have and it hurts when ONE is taken to SOON. The only glow of light in this truly sad situation is that we know you are at peace, you are not hurting, you are walking, and the many other things that was on your many list. It gives me pleasure knowing that you are one of the many angels that will be able to help me lead my children in the right way. I hope that no matter what legacy and loyalty will go on throuh certain traditions. You was truly loved and will be deeply missed.

Love your "favorite daughter-in-law"
and Jason, Jonathan, Brennon, Bryson

GOD BLESS all of your children in this time of need. Love you all Lisa, Sandy, Rhonda and my husband, and best friend Jason I am here for all of you.
Dawn Beasley
October 25, 2008
Our Daddy

The reality is setting in –
We’ll never hear your voice again
We’ll never get to see your face
But are comforted knowing you’re in a better place.

We know you’re free from pain at last
But ours began the moment you passed.
There’s no way that you could ever know
The pain we feel from missing you so.

You were the greatest man we ever knew.
How we’ll get through this, we have no clue.
You were a good friend, son, husband and PawPaw.
But “Dad” was the job you did best of all.

You provided a home that was loving and stable
And gave us all that you could even when you weren’t able.
You taught us to love, to live, and to laugh
And that family was the most important thing that we have.

We’ll cherish our memories and try to make more
But our lives just won’t be the same as before.
You’ll always be with us each day we awake –
In our hearts and our thoughts, with each breath that we take.

We want you to know that we love you so much.
Your children, our children – every life that you touched.
We had the best childhood any kid could ask for
Vacations, Cocodrie and so much more.

You were loyal and loving and strong till the end.
You were our rock, our hero, our dad and our friend.
Your body was weak. But, your spirit stayed strong.
You fought a hard fight and the battle was long.

Your pain is all gone and now you can rest.
But our strength will now be put to the test.
We know you’re in Heaven at some hot fishing spot
And selfishly wish you were here, but you’re not.

Don’t catch all the big ones, ‘cause we’ll join you one day-
Till then keep an eye on Us down here, Okay?

We Love You, Daddy –
Lisa, Sandy, Jason and Rhonda
Sandy Beasley Bellue
October 25, 2008
To the children of Mr. Jerry: I won't say I know what you are feeling, because no one can, but I will say to all of you to talk about your Dad as you always have, think and speak aloud every time something sparks a memory. That is how I have kept my Dad with me. The sense of loss never goes away, but you learn to cope, and it does get a little easier. Hold tight to one another, as your Dad was a very prominent figure, it will be a prominent absence when you are all together. Know that He will will always be with you. That gets me through the day sometimes, and on the days when it doesn't, I talk to my family or I just hang out with them, and I've made it through one more day. My thoughts are with you all, and if there is anything ya'll need, I am just a phone call away.
Lisa Feske
October 25, 2008
Mrs. Karen
I am so sorry about Mr. Jerry. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. He was a great man and was always smiling.
Jenna (Smith) Rios
BRG Scheduling/ BRG Rehab-
October 25, 2008
I am glad I taught him how to fish before his time was up. He would always brag he either caught the biggest or most fish in the boat. We would argue a little even though I really caught the most and the biggest fish I would always give him bragging rights to at least one of the two, but all this aside he was the smartest man I ever knew. He told me all the time "I taught you everything you know, but not everything I know." He was not only my Fishing buddy he was my best friend and my dad. He will not only be missed by me but by my wife and children. He has taught my family alot and to my kids there was no better man to walk this earth. I want my dad to know I Love Him And I dearly Miss Him. There Is no one in the world better than the man I called MY DAD. As for my family I want ya'll to know this, I am trying to be strong but don't know how much more I can take before I break. From here on we will have to become closer as a family, and pull together what we have left of our hearts and carry on the traditions that have been set by him. We love you very much and there are no words to express how much you will be missed.

We Love You and Miss You,
Jason, Dawn, Jonathan, Bryson, Brennon.
Jason Beasley
October 24, 2008
So sorry to hear about jerry.i would run into him every now and then and we loved to talk about the old days in zion city i know he will be truly missed my heart goes out to all of you.
October 24, 2008
I do not even know where to begin. No one will ever fathom how much I am going to miss you. Even though we have had our differences over the last 41 years, you were always one of the people I admired the most and you were a constant source of strength and knowlege for me. You never faltered in your beliefs and you were a person of great character. Everyone that knew you loved you and I am so thankful that you were my dad! The only comfort that I have in any of this is that you are no longer suffering. Over the last 5 1/2 years you have not been yourself, due to all your health problems and I know that now you are finally at peace and fully restored. But that does not make it any easier for me and the kids. We will miss you so much!! I'm so sad that you will not be around for all the milestones that are still to come for me and my children and I have no idea who I will call for advice anymore. You and I are the only two people I know who were never wrong, so that makes it hard!! You leave hard shoes to fill and for that I am grateful and sad. Because I will be lost without your guidance and knowlege. I love you and I know that you will be watching over us from above!! I found this poem by an Unknown Author, that pretty much sums it all up:

They say memories are golden
well maybe that is true.
I never wanted memories,
I only wanted you.

A million times I needed you,
a million times I cried.
If love alone could have saved you
you never would have died.

In life I loved you dearly,
In death I love you still.
In my heart you hold a place
no one could ever fill.

If tears could build a stairway
and heartache make a lane,
I'd walk the path to heaven
and bring you back again.

Our family chain is broken,
and nothing seems the same.
But as God calls us one by one,
the chain will link again.

Your Loving Daughter,
Lisa Beasley Thaxton
October 24, 2008
We are very sorry for your loss and our prayers are with you all.
Crystal (Rushing),David, Dale, Stephen, Gabrielle and Austin Manuel
October 24, 2008
Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.
Wynn and Judy Brown
October 24, 2008
I am so sorry for your loss. May God bless each one of you and give you peace.

This is Darlene's sister-n-law.
Regina Toney
October 24, 2008
To the Beasley Family,
I pray the the lord will give you'll strenght and carry you'll through this difficult time. I will miss him too.
He was a part of my family. I loved him like a brother.
pullette Leger
October 24, 2008
Uncle Jerry,
If i could take back the past i would have got closer and spent more time with you. I love you.
As for the family I'm here if any of one needs me. i love you guys.
Mark Ritchey
October 24, 2008
To: Karen Beasley & Family
My sincere sympathy to you and your family. " I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow," says the Lord. (Jeremiah 31:13) May the Lord bless and keep you is my prayer. With deepest sympathy,
Angela Trusclair- Moore/PFS-BRGHC
October 24, 2008
Jason, Dawn & Family,
I am very sorry to hear of your loss. Cherish the memories, know that God is merciful. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
Julia Rucker
October 24, 2008
Jason, Dawn, Cheryl, Jonathan, Brennan, and Bryson:
My heart is with all of you. Jason, you are especially in my prayers. I can't imagine the loss of a parent.
Dawn we love you all and will be here if anything is needed.
Kim Nettles
October 23, 2008
Warm Summer Sun

Warm summer sun,
Shine kindly here,
Warm southern wind,
Blow softly here.
Green sod above,
Lie light, lie light.
Good night, dear heart,
Good night, good night.

By Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens)
The Poetry Foundation

Molly, Greg & Daniel Nicosia
October 23, 2008
This is the most difficult thing that I have ever faced in my life. I can not imagine my life without my daddy. He was the greatest man that I have ever known. He has suffered so much over the past 5 1/2 years. He tried daily to make the best out of his life, but I do not believe that he was ever truly happy since he has been sick. Knowing that still does not make it any easier that he is not here with us. I'll never let Logan forget how much his PawPaw loves him. Logan was his "little buddy.". There was days that he did not have the strength to get out of the bed, but when his little buddy got home, he would give it all he had to go outside to spend time with my baby boy. Whether they were fishing in the pond, riding on the golf cart, just messing around with tools in the shop or letting Logan play on the dirt piles or swim - he loved Logan so much and cherished every moment that he had with him - and I will never let Logan forget that! He was also a father to Spencer and he misses him just as much as I do. He looked up to him and respected him more than anyone else in this world. It just feels so empty here. I keep waiting for him to pull up on the golf cart and call for Logan to come outside - but that day will never happen. I have taken care of him over the past few years and hope that I did all that I could to make his life as easy as possible. I will miss all of our talks, trips to Sams and Harbor Freight, bringing him to get a haircut, trying to make him take his medication, bringing him to his doctor appointments and just seeing his smiling face. He was the smartest man that I know. If I needed to know anything or needed advice, he always had an open ear and knew the right thing to say. I will miss him so very much and will forever cherish the memories that I have. I had the best childhood that a kid could have. There will never be another him. I love you daddy and miss you so much. Please watch over us and give us the strength to get through this.
Rhonda Wilson
October 23, 2008
Be Still

Be still like the grass on a melancholy summer day
Be still like desert shrub.

Be calm and you will hear your loved one speak, in the stillness, in the calm, their love resounds.

If you are still this promise I make, you will hear the voice of your loved one helping you along your way.

October 23, 2008
pawpaw, i am gunna miss you so much. nobody knows how much you mean to me.
jory thaxton
October 23, 2008
Karen, Lisa, Sandy, Jason & Rhonda
Uncle David and I just wanted to let all of you know just how very sorry we are about JB. (That's what I always called him). I have always thought alot of Jerry and I know that David loved him very much; I saw the way he was there for him when he was really sick and down. David had alot of respect for his oldest brother and Jerry taught him alot not only about this business, but life in general. When we were younger, David always went to Jerry for advice about finances or fixing things, or just life in general. He will be missed by my family deeply; my boys thought their Uncle Jerry was pretty cool for an "older" guy and I can't remember a time when he wasn't nice to them. Please let us know if you need anything. We will keep each of you in our prayers.
Lots of love to each of you and your families.
Linda Beasley
October 23, 2008
Our prayers are with you and your family. We pray that each of you find peace and strength during this difficult time. May God be with all of you.
Steve & Gayle Broussard
October 23, 2008
Our Sympathy,

Dr. Terry Zellmer and Staff
Nicole Folse
October 23, 2008

You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Trell & Tracey Neldare
October 23, 2008
David, Lisa & Logan Metcalfe
October 23, 2008
Karen, we were so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
The Dearman Family
October 23, 2008
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
October 23, 2008
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Love Charlie Young & Liz Apperson
Liz Young Apperson
October 23, 2008
Jason, Dawn, Jonathan, Brennon, Bryson and Cheryl...I am so very sorry for your loss. I love you all very much and am proud to have you all in my life. I am here for you.
Laura Michel
October 23, 2008
I never knew Mr. Jerry to not be smiling and having a good time. The fishing trips, vacations and crawfish boils will always be in my mind. We lost a good friend this week; let us make sure his memory lives on. Our love goes out to all the family that has always treated me like one of their own.
Jason, Jamie, Kirby, Myklin, Tys, Fallon Davis
October 23, 2008
I can not express my sorrow, I have enjoyed many a day fishing in Jerry's pond. GOD BLESS
cheryl vidrine
October 23, 2008
My sincere sympathy and prayers are with Jerry's family at this very sad time. God has called him home sooner than any son, daughter, grandchild, brother, sister, mother, father and wife would ever have wanted. God must have a special task for Jerry to do in Heaven. One thing all of Jerry's loved ones can have some comfort in is knowing that he will be watching over you and be by your side when you need him. I truly have a testimony of this from losing both my mother and father. Jerry was a good man with a big heart and loved his family so much. I regretfully am not going to be able to pay my proper respects to this good man and tell the people that I, too, love how very sorry I am for their terrible lose due to my husband's family reunion that is taking us out of state Friday morning for the weekend. I hope the peace lilly plant that I am sending in my absence will find its way into the home of one of Jerry's loved ones to take care of. Jerry is now in his perfect body and having a family reunion in heaven with his family members that were there waiting for him. He'll be watching over all of his loved ones and he will be there when you need him. He's just a prayer or a thought away.
Dorothy Broussard Livingston
October 23, 2008
You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. We are so sorry for your loss.
David Riddle
October 23, 2008
Our heart goes out to everyone of you.
Carrie(NaNa)& Drew
October 23, 2008
Our prayers are with you all!
Danny and Jacy Zeringue
October 23, 2008
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you..
Susan Harris
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