Frank J. Beeson Sr.

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Frank J. Beeson, Sr., a lifelong resident of Pitkin, was born on Nov.
17, 1921 to John Jeptha and Mittie Bedgood Beeson. He was called Home on Aug. 10, 2013.
A 1938 graduate of Elizabeth High School, he believed in the class motto, “Success lies in work.” He attended LSU and served in the Pacific theater
with the U.S. Navy during World War II.
Mr. Beeson was involved in the timber industry from the time of his birth in the sawmill town of Fullerton, through his employment with Calcasieu Paper Company in Elizabeth and Boise Southern in
DeRidder. He was an employee of CITGO Petrolium in Lake Charles, and was instrumental in the installation and operation of the Pitkin Water and Gas districts.
Mr. Beeson was a member of the First Baptist Church of Pitkin, the American
Legion, the VFW, and Sons of the American Revolution.
Known for his love of the outdoors, he was an avid hunter, and was always busy with his cattle and the family farm. Many will miss the sight of “Frank J.” pulling up in his truck for
“just a swallow of coffee and a bite of something sweet.”
He is survived by his children, Frank Jefferson Beeson of Moss Bluff, Jo Ann (Earl) Owen of Lake Charles, Donna Chloe (Randy) Boudreaux of Pitkin, Linda (Harry) Saucier of Sulphur,
and Joseph Beeson of Pitkin; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 65 years, Betty Louise Munson Beeson; four brothers, Willard Beeson of Elizabeth, Cecil Beeson of Orange, Texas, Don
Beeson of Pitkin, and Fred Beeson of Lafayette; and one grandson, Ryan “Neil” Owen of Colorado.
The family wishes to express special thanks to Gerald Vitato, Moshell Olivier, Detra Caesar, Cherie Cloman and Diana Deshotel Deason, who
cared for this special man known as Frank J., Daddy-O, Pops, PawPaw Frank, Daddy (and even on occasion, Cranky Franky).
The celebration of his life was held at 10 a.m. on Aug. 13 at Mount Olive Baptist Church in Pitkin, with Revs. Larry
White and Jeremy McCrory officiating, under the direction of Rush Funeral Home of Pitkin. Interment will follow in the Blue Branch Cemetery. Visitation was held from 8 a.m. until the time of services on Aug. 13 at the church.
In lieu of
flowers, memorial donations may be made to the First Baptist Church of Pitkin, P.O. Box 340, Pitkin LA 70656, or to the charity of your choice.
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