Arthur Ernest Beavis

June 2, 1925 - June 8, 2016
Arthur Ernest Beavis

Arthur Ernest Beavis, age 91 of Leland passed away Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at the SECU Hospice House in Bolivia.

Arthur was born of humble beginnings in the East End of London, England. His teenage years were hugely affected by the Second World War and Blitz of England. He witnessed the bombings first hand and then his family lost everything one night during a bombing raid. They moved out of the city to Uxbridge where he went on to become a successful Film Special Effects Man and to form Europe’s largest Special Effects company.

In his early 20’s he met Marie Cohen and it was love at first sight. They married and lived happily for 62 years till her death in 2013. They had one son, 4 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Arthur was fiercely proud of all of his grandchildren.

In both his work and private life he made many friends from around the world. He was loved, not just by his immediate family, but by all of his huge extended family and friends, all of whom miss him very much.

He is survived by his only son, David Arthur Beavis and his wife Susan Pollock Beavis of Leland; four grandchildren, Lucy Beavis Murphy and husband Dean Murphy of England, Robin Beavis of England, Sarah Beavis of Leland, NC and Ashley Beavis Trusso and Greg Trusso of Orlando, FL; and four great grandchildren, Evie Marie Murphy, Emmy Danielle Murphy, Rocco Antonio Beavis, and Leonardo David Beavis.

Memorial service will be held 2 pm Saturday, June 25, 2016 at Wilmington Funeral Chapel.

Friends ask that memorial contribution in Arthur’s memory to the Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation by visiting Even if you can’t give, please consider sharing the fund with your friends on facebook.

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Wilmington Funeral &  Cremation, 1535  S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403  910.791.9099


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  • June 13, 2016
    Kay Beavis-Smith & Brian Smith says:
    My Uncle Spud was one of the good guys, RIP Uncle Spud, until we meet again. Always loved, forever in our thoughts.... David, Susan & Family, we send you our love & sincere condolences on the passing of Uncle Spud, thinking of you at this very difficult time xo

  • June 14, 2016
    Karen Jeralds McCulloch lit a candle:
    Lit since June 14, 2016 at 6:16:21 AM

  • June 15, 2016
    Kay Trostle says:
    I only known Mr Beavis for a few short weeks, but he sure won my heart. What a very interesting man, It sure was an honor to work with him. My deepest synmpathy to David and Susan you are a wonderful family. Love you guys

  • June 16, 2016
    Kathy Hall says:
    Mr. Beavis made me feel as though I'd always known him. I cherish every moment we shared and value the stories he told. He taught me to "live in each moment". From combing his hair, to eating, to reading the editorials, his focus was on that one moment. I had just asked him if he'd missed England...his response .."why no, why would I miss somewhere I'm not, I'm happy here." He was such a honorable, funny and smart man that forever has a place in my heart. He adored his family and Bobby . My heartfelt sympathies to David, Susan and the family. How divine he was and so fortunate to have you all.

  • June 16, 2016
    Sal & Susan Waleed says:
    We wish to extend our condolences at this time of sorrow. We met Arthur last year upon moving next door. His warm smile and quick wit were welcoming. He helped make us feel at home. Sorrow touches the heart in such a personal way. May your warmest memories be the foundation to strengthen you in this time of sorrow. Please know that our caring thoughts are with you and the family. ~Respectfully, Sal and Susan Waleed