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Arthur Ernest Beavis
Arthur Ernest Beavis

Arthur Ernest Beavis, 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 World War II and the 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 20s he met Marie Cohen, and it was love at first sight. They married and lived happily for 62 years until her death in 2013. They had one son, four grandchildren and four 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 her husband, Dean Murphy, of England, Robin Beavis of England, Sarah Beavis of Leland, N.C., and Ashley Beavis Trusso and Greg Trusson of Orlando, Fla.; and four great-grandchildren, Evie Marie Murphy, Emmy Danielle Murphy, Rocco Antonio Beavis and Leonardo David Beavis.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at Wilmington Funeral Chapel.

Friends ask that memorial contributions in Arthur’s memory be sent 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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