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Local Literacy Advocate Beverly Whitfield Remembered

Literacy advocate Beverly Whitfield remembered for devotion to Hopkinsville and children’s reading programs
By Jennifer P. Brown, Hoptown Chronicle

Beverly Rhodes Whitfield would not have wanted her friends to say goodbye to her at a funeral. Her daughter, Kate Wilson, is certain of that.

So, Whitfield, who died early this week at her home on South Main Street, will be remembered at a celebration of life Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019  at First United Methodist Church. The service will begin at noon, and a reception will follow. 

Whitfield, who grew up in Madisonville and moved to Hopkinsville after college, was the executive director of the Christian County Literacy Council. Her death was unexpected. She worked last week and attended a Big Read committee meeting Thursday evening at the Alhambra Theatre. 

“She was a book lover from the beginning,” Wilson said. “As she became older, she saw the steps that needed to be taken just to be literate.”

That’s why early education became her focus with the literacy council, her daughter said.  (Read More)


Thank you, Beverly. Your contributions to this community will live on for generations.

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Beverly Whitfield posed at a community event with mascots for the Hoptown Hoppers and Hopkinsville Parks and Recreation. 
(Christian County Literacy Council Facebook photo.)