Joseph P. Brantley
October 6, 1947 – January 7, 2019
Joseph Patton “Beaver” Brantley IV was born October 6th, 1947, in Washington D.C. “Beaver” told his last inappropriate joke on Monday, January 7th, 2018. The son of Joseph Patton Brantley Jr. and Phoebe Frances Brantley, “Beaver” was an amazing friend to all. As a freshman in high school, he earned a swimming scholarship to the prestigious Culver Military Academy. He chose not finish schooling at Culver. Instead, he opted to spend the night on the Mississippi River levee during a visit back home to Baton Rouge. This clever negotiation tactic allowed him to return home and attend Baton Rouge High. An excellent swimmer, he set many state records while swimming for Baton Rouge High School. He also swam for AAU, SSAU and even earned an invitation to swim at the Olympic trials, but had to forgo the tryouts due to the untimely death of his father. At the young age of sixteen, he would earn his pilot's license and travel to the Bahamas and Hawaii. After graduating BRHS, he attended LSU where he continued to swim competitively. He entered LSU Law School, with a little assistance from his friend’s father, Paul M. Hebert. Beaver obtained his Juris Doctor degree from Louisiana State University Law School in 1972. Beaver has participated by invitation in numerous financial, business, legal and career development forums at Louisiana State University, Rice University and Tulane University. At a young age, Beaver found a passion for the oil and gas business. He founded several oil and gas companies, and as an “AV” rated attorney, he testified as an expert on oil and gas operational and legal issues, and presided as a Judge Ad Hoc in the Baton Rouge City Court. Beaver was a member of many organizations, including American Bar Association, Louisiana Bar Association, Board of Directors of Bella Luna Condominium Association, a member of the Hegre Art Club, AOPA, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Member of the National WWII Museum, Baton Rouge City Club, Member of the Supreme Court of the United States, Louisiana Supreme Court, United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana, and The First Circuit Court of Appeals. He was rated AV by Martindale Hubbell, the highest rating for legal ability and ethics. Beaver was instrumental in helping with the approval to bring the gaming casinos to Baton Rouge and also with gaming law across the states of Louisiana and Mississippi. Perhaps one of his greatest accomplishments has been the extensive email list to friends and family all over the world. He would send multiple emails a day to his A, B, and C list of co-conspirators. If you were fortunate enough to receive an email from Beaver, you know which list you were on. Beaver had an unmatched love for animals. Throughout his life he had many companions, including, dogs, cats, possums, iguanas, turtles, geese, squirrels, and horses. He is survived by his wife, Susan Hammett Brantley; his sons, Brian Hollins Brantley and Joseph Patton Brantley V and his wife, Kerri; and his brothers Dr. John B. Brantley and wife, Beth, David W. Brantley and wife Jan; grandchildren, Brant and Bankston Brantley; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his father, Joseph Patton Brantley Jr. and mother, Phoebe Frances Kinney Brantley. Pallbearers will be Joseph Patton Brantley V, Brian Hollins Brantley, John Bretton Brantley, David Wightman Brantley, Russel Washer, William R. "Regi" Mullins III, Paul M. Hebert, William H. "Billy" Patrick. Honorary pallbearers are Robert Grey Hammett Jr., William F. Cummer, Joseph T. Spinosa, J. Mark Miller, Dr. Patrick Nelson, John W. Barton Jr, Robert R. Revel, Archie Thompson. Visitation at Greenoaks Funeral Home, 9595 Florida Blvd., from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, January 10thand 8:30am to 10:00am Friday, January 11th. Services will be held at 10am Friday January 11th. Interment in Greenoaks Memorial Park.
- Visitation Thursday, January 10, 2019
- Visitation Friday, January 11, 2019
- Funeral Service Friday, January 11, 2019
- Interment Friday, January 11, 2019
Joseph P. Brantley
January 10, 2019
So sorry to hear of Beaver's passing. He was a great guy in every respect. My condolences and prayers to all the family.
January 9, 2019
I first knew Beaver as the photographer for the 1966 Fricassee, BR High yearbook. He had amazing energy, creativity and was always easy to work with. I ran into him over the years, always upbeat and a friend.
Beaver and Susan were also neighbors and friends—and protectors of the resident Walden geese along with Robert and me. They paid for the geese to be treated at the LSU Vet School when they were attacked by dogs, not a cheap fix for our feathered friends. The friendliest one we named Larry and he became known and loved by the LSU Vet School staff.
Beaver also rewrote the Walden bylaws years ago. He had a big heart for everyone and a wonderful sense of doing what was right in any tough situation. He did this for me some years ago in a bad legal situation. I’m so sorry I never got to repay that huge favor.
I will miss him as will all his friends and family—his humor, good spirit and kind ways. What a guy. God bless you and your family at this sad time.
Lydia Campanella Joyce
January 8, 2019
Beaver was one of smartest,most interesting people that I grew up with. He was always smiling and joking and kind. His mother was my treasured ballet instructor. His grandmother our accompaniest.
There are many tall tales..too many to discuss. He knew my cousins, brothers,and family. We knew several of his escapades, also very interesting. He was creative to say the least. I am shocked and astonished at his untimely passing. I know many people will miss his smiling grin. This could be his greatest adventure. Although we moved from Baton Rouge,my husband,Bill, and Beaver shared emails. We will truly miss him. I am soo sorry for your loss. With much love to all his family,
Lydia C. And Bill Joyce