I always called Lisa. I will miss Bev’s phone calls. I will miss her poignant, witty sense of humor. I will miss her unique perspective on community and world events. I will miss anxiously opening up the paper to make sure I wasn’t mentioned in her column. I will miss holidays with Bev because after all, she taught my children how to gamble. It’s a life skill, not something they typically learn at a Baptist school. The last July 4th we were together, Kassidi and Kolton rounded up their money. They put coins in Ziploc baggies so they would be ready to play with Ms. Bev, Kathryn, Carter and Jack. The game didn’t last very long. I asked Bev why they weren’t playing cards any more. She told me that Kassidi had cleaned everybody out. I said, “Well Bev, isn’t that what you taught her to do?” I can still hear her husky laugh, tickled that yes, that’s exactly what she had taught Kassidi to do.
I’m sure she’s in awe of the beauty, enjoying the blue, red and purple butterflies. I can also see her questioning, “Where are the black butterflies? What about the brown ones or the yellow ones? Aren’t they represented? Who do I need to talk to about that?” Yes, move over Mike Wallace, Tony Snow, Andy Rooney. There’s a new journalist in town. B. K. Carter is in the house.
Bev Carter and Tony Snow
Reader’s Digest Magazine had a regular feature for years: “The Most Unforgettable Character I Ever Met.” For me, that character is Bev Carter. I laughed with her, I cried with her when she lost Sherry, I debated with her, I learned from her. She remains a role model for me, and I am a better person for knowing her. I can only imagine the joyous wonders Bev is enjoying in heaven.
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Published on Jul 22, 2013
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