The Bev Davis Memorial Fund was formally established at the Beckley Area Foundation in March 2012. The first grant from this fund will be made in the spring of 2013.
While Bev Davis was a self-sufficient, independent woman, she recognized that there were times when individuals living alone, without another wage earner in the home, might encounter unexpected financial difficulties. It was her wish to establish a fund that could benefit employed single women with financial help for one-time unexpected expenses. Examples of the types of expenses that might be covered include lightning damage to home appliances, certain car repairs, insurance deductibles or replacement of a water heater sooner than its customary life expectancy.
Her close friend Karen Kostol commented, “Bev was interested in assisting single working women cover the types of unexpected expenses which are difficult for those on a tight budget to cover.”
A committee comprised of staff and some members of the United Methodist Temple located in Beckley will evaluate requests for eligibility and select recipients while adhering to the conflict of interest policies of the Beckley Area Foundation, the Council of Foundations and the Internal Revenue Service. Bev was an active member of the United Methodist Temple.
Recipients of the grant must live and work in Raleigh County or the southern part of Fayette County.
Anyone may make additional donations in any amount by sending checks made out to BAF-Bev Davis Memorial Fund, and mailing them to Beckley Area Foundation, 129 Main St., Suite 203, Beckley, WV 25801.
Friends and co-workers remember Bev
Bev and I worked together for many years and JoAnn and I always considered her a dear family friend. She was a devoted and caring employee.
Bev would stroll over to my office on occasion and talk about the world, our state, community, religion, the newspaper business or whatever would be on her mind at the time.
She had a way with a pen that always enthralled the reader. Her weekly column attracted many readers who became loyal supporters of her Saturday article. People would tell me that she inspired them, made them laugh, sometimes cry, but her words of wisdom always made them reflect on life.
Sometimes, in passing I would comment on something in one of her columns and she would say, with a grin, that she put that in just to see if I was reading her work. Like her many cohorts, I read her work faithfully and now I miss our friendly chats.