May 19, 1929-Feb. 29, 2020

Natchitoches Wood

Family and close friends who knew Bro. Besant best will recall him as a happy person who very seldom complained and was ever willing to lend his fellow man a helping hand.  His passions on this earthly journey were watching professional baseball games and cultivating a prize-winning vegetable garden year after year.

This memorable gentleman was born in the southern portion of Natchitoches Parish referred to as “Cane River Area” May 19, 1929.  His parents were the late John Besant and Clara Jackson Besant.  God called him from earthly labor to reward Feb. 29, 2020, at Natchitoches Regional Medical Center.

His Christian journey began with a confession of his belief in Jesus Christ as his Savior, being baptized and uniting with the Rockford Baptist Church of Natchitoches. For a period of 30 years, Bro. Besant was a valuable employee at Southern Cotton Oil Mill where he was appointed to prepare the seeds for conversion to the oil product that was in great demand.  He retired from that firm after a job well done.

He met and married Daisy Hampton and this union was blessed with five children. Preceding him in death were his parents, all of his siblings, his aunts and uncles and one son, Joseph Besant Jr.

Those who survive him are Larry Besant (Veronica), Leonard Besant, Gerald Besant (Debra), Gregory Hampton (Cheryl) and James Hampton, all of Natchitoches; Leonard Charles Smith (Brenda) of Humble, Texas, Lorenzo Lewis (Daisy) of Odenton, Md., Shirley Smith Below of Natchitoches and Erica Jackson (Andre’) of Natchitoches; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.