Elizabeth “Betsy” Barnard and Thomas Blackburn Favrot III were introduced through Betsy’s friend who volunteered with Thomas at the Houston rodeo. Thomas asked Betsy to dance at Gallant Knight Bar, which featured a jazz band every Thursday. Betsy didn’t realize that Thomas would soon become her Gallant Knight. It didn’t take long for Betsy and […]
CD He isn’t a New Orleans native, but Ned Sublette has devoted plenty of time to the Big Easy with his knowledge and talents. He wrote two books about New Orleans – The World that Made New Orleans: From Spanish Silver to Congo Square and The Year Before The Flood: A Story of New Orleans, and […]
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Crime fighting and public integrity took a big step backward in 2012 with the resignation of U.S. Attorney Jim Letten. He was the person in public life that people trusted most. His reputation as a crime fighter was unparalleled by anyone who has held that office locally. Letten’s resignation was triggered by the revelation that […]
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Elizabeth “Betsy” Barnard and Thomas Blackburn Favrot III were introduced through Betsy’s friend who volunteered with Thomas at the Houston rodeo. Thomas asked Betsy to dance at Gallant Knight Bar, which featured a jazz band every Thursday. Betsy didn’t realize that Thomas would soon become her Gallant Knight.
It didn’t take long for Betsy and Thomas to become best friends and fall in love. Thomas knew that he wanted to marry his one true love and asked for Betsy’s father’s blessing. Thomas even knew the perfect location to pop the question.
After attending a wedding in Fort Worth, Texas in early September 2012, Betsy and Thomas headed to Betsy’s family’s ranch for an afternoon dove hunt. While at the ranch, Betsy shot her first dove, opened her shotgun and flung her empties at Thomas. While digging in her shell box to grab more shells, Thomas quietly got down on one knee. To Betsy’s sweet surprise, a diamond ring lay propped in the shells. Betsy let out a laugh and a big hug, which Thomas took as a “Yes.” It was the perfect day of diamonds and doves.
Betsy and Thomas honeymooned in Africa for a 12-day safari and currently live in Houston, Texas, where Thomas is a petroleum engineer at Occidental and Betsy is a pediatric occupational therapist at Reach Therapy Center.