Beverly Bowers

Born: July 28, 1928 in Canon, Georgia
Died December 7, 2008 in Lake Charles, Louisiana
Buried: Goos Cemetery, Lake Charles, Louisiana (Map 11)
Father: Melvin Chapman Bowers
Mother: Frances Gray
Husband: George Lock Paret, Jr.
Married: August 6, 1949 in Canon, Georgia
Children: George Lock Paret, III
Melvin Peck Paret
Frances Jane Paret
Beverly Gray Paret

Saturday Night Ceremony Held in Universalist Church at Canon, Georgia.

        In an impressive candle-lighted ceremony uniting two pioneer Southwest Louisiana families, Miss Beverly Bowers, of Canon, Ga., and George Lock Paret, Jr., of Lake Charles were to be married at 8:30 o'clock Saturday evening in a ceremony at the Universalist church at Canon, with Dr. William Rainey Bennett as officiating minister.
        The church decorations were designed of white gladioli, plumosas fern and fern balls, the scene lighted by candlelight.
        Grieg's "I Love Thee" was selected for the pre-nuptial music, with Miss Ruth Barron as soloist accompanied by Mrs. Chester Hall and Mrs. Clyde McClure, violinists.
        The bride's wedding gown was of pure silk antique ivory satin. The tight bodice was designed with a marquisette yoke outlined with seed pearls. The sleeves were leg o'mutton style. The full, gathered skirt extended into a long train.
        Her veil was of antique Brussels rosepoint lace designed in a cap effect. Her cascade bouquet of white orchids and valley lilies complimented the ensemble.


        Selected as the bride's attendants were her sister, Mrs. William Morris Harlin, of Atlanta, Ga. as matron of honor; as bridesmaids, were Mrs. Hurst Bray Bowers of Mobile, Ala., Mrs. Lucius Eubanks of Grantville, S. C., Miss Susan Brown of Athens, Ga., Miss Patricia James of Rouston, Ga., Miss Lettie Bond Slaughter of Charlotte, S. C., and Miss Louise Williams of Dalton, Ga.; as candle-lighters, Ruth Osburn of Atlanta, Ga., and Melvin Bowers of Canon, Ga.; and as flower girl, Miss Rosemary Miller of Toccoa, Ga.
        The bridesmaids' gowns were duplicate designs in white embroidered organdy over yellow taffeta. The off shoulder neckline formed small cap sleeves.
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Lake Charles American Press, Tuesday, December 9, 2008, p. A2:

Beverly Bowers Paret

        Beverly Bowers Paret, 80, of Lake Charles passed away Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008, in her residence with her family by her side
        She was born in Canon, Ga., on July 28, 1928, to Melvin Chapman Bowers and Frances Gray Bowers. Mrs. Paret was the granddaughter of Fluellen Hurst Gray, a pioneer of Southwest Louisiana, and had lived in Lake Charles since her marriage to George Lock Paret Jr. in 1949. She attended North Georgia Military College and the University of Georgia and was a member of  Alpha Omega Pi Sorority. Mrs. Paret was dedicated to her family throughout her life and contributed to many community causes as a member of The Junior League, Bayou Chapter of the D.A.R., Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd Alter Guild, Lake Charles Ballet Society, The Planters League, Les Dilettantes, Imperial Calcasieu Museum and the Krewe of Mystique. She worked in partnership with The Little Business, Antique Finders and "Follow the Yellow Ribbon" Estate Sales.
        Survivors include her four children, George Lock Paret III and wife Evelyn Dugas Paret, Melvin Peck Paret and wife Cane Corwin Paret, Frances Paret Walker and husband Richard Irl Walker and Beverly Paret Reddin and husband Bryan Thomas Reddin. Mrs. Paret is also survived by eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Her husband, George Lock Paret Jr. and her parents Frances Gray Bowers and Melvin Chapman Bowers preceded her in death.
        Her memorial service will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, at The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd. The Rev. Jack Meyers will officiate. A gathering of family and friends will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at the church. Private family graveside services will be held at a later date in Goos Cemetery in Lake Charles.
        The family would like to send a special thanks to Hilda Jack and Gayle Foret for the care "and love" given to Mrs. Paret.
        In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd.
        Words of comfort to the family may be expressed at


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