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Faye Lewis Beverley

Faye Lewis Beverley of Middlesex passed away on April 9, 2019. She was the third of five children born to the late Reverend John J. and Pearl R. Lewis. Faye was educated in the Middlesex County School System. She was one of 13 African-American students who entered the all-white county school system during the first year of integration in 1963.

Upon her high school graduation, Faye moved to Pennsylvania but moved back home to Middlesex in the early 1970s. She worked for the local Mental Health Department that transitioned into the Northern Neck Middle Peninsula Area Agency on Aging (now known as Bay Aging).

Faye was a longtime president of the Middlesex County NAACP and served as Secretary of the Virginia State NAACP. She had the pleasure of working with former Virginia Governor Douglas Wilder and Congressman Bobby Scott.

Faye was a member of the Black Church Cultural Affairs Committee which wrote and published in 1994 the book “A History of African-Americans in Middlesex County 1646-1992.” She was also a 20-year volunteer rescue squad member for the Central Middlesex Volunteer Rescue Squad.

Faye was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, William F. Lewis; her sister, Virginia M. Muse; and her grandson, Johnny Isaiah “J.J.” Wallace.

She is survived by her husband of 33 years, Samuel C. Beverley Sr.; her daughter, Chriscia H. White (Dewayne); her son, Willie Terrell Boyd; her granddaughters, Portia S. Wallace and Nai’ja “Missy” Cooke; daughters, Sabrina Beverley and Cassandra Goffin; son, Samuel Beverley Jr. (Janel); her sister, Portia L. Johnson; her brother, Michael L. Lewis (Karen); grandchildren, Marla, David and Alexandra Goffin, and Samuel III and Steven Beverley; great-granddaughter, Charlee Goffin; her adopted brother, Reverend Keith L. Parham; and her caretaker and friend, Patricia D. Payne.

A service celebrating Faye’s life was held Saturday at Immanuel Baptist Church near Saluda.

posted 04.17.2019

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