Beverly Meriweather Alexander passed away in Mobile, AL on January 25, 2019. Beloved by all who knew her, Beverly was a life-long educator serving the Ocean Springs, MS, Moss Point, MS and Mobile, AL school districts. More than anything else, Beverly valued family and friends and the multitude of students she mentored through the years. She is preceded in death by her father, Ben Kittrell Meriweather, Jr. and her mother, Maxine Pennington Meriweather, both of whom Beverly adored. She is survived by her sister, Ann Meriweather Egger (Ed) of Greenville, MS; brother, Ben Kittrell Meriweather, III (Brenda) of Tupelo, MS; sister, Suzanne Meriweather Bean (Mark) of Columbus, MS, Jane Allgood of Mobile, AL, and John Allgood (Janie) of Nashville, TN. Additionally, she leaves behind six nieces and nephews and nine great nieces and nephews who knew her affectionately as, “Aunt Bev.”
Beverly was born on December 31, 1950 in Greenwood, MS. She relocated with her family to Cleveland, MS 1n 1964 where she attended Cleveland High School and was Ms. Cleveland High School, 1968. After graduating from high school, she attended Delta State University where she majored in Elementary Education. Upon completion of her undergraduate degree, Beverly moved to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, where she began her forty-three year career as an educator. Beverly returned to the University of Southern Mississippi in 1976 to complete a Master’s Degree in Gifted Education. During her career, Beverly specialized in teaching gifted and talented students. She was recognized for her excellence in teaching, receiving multiple awards including STAR Teacher in Moss Point, MS in 1986 and Teacher of the Year multiple times in Mobile, AL.
Serving as an officer and President of Mississippi Association of Talented and Gifted, Beverly was a pioneer and leader in Gifted Education, helping to implement the first programs for intellectually gifted children in Mississippi. She taught as an adjunct professor in education at USM gulf coast. She was a member and officer in numerous professional organizations. She conducted professional developments seminars across the country and co-authored multiple professional publications. She was a master teacher who was admired by students, parents, and peers for her unwavering positive energy and genuine concern for all.
Beverly loved the natural world, which she learned from her mother and father. Her outdoor hobbies included fishing, kayaking, boating, and gardening. She enjoyed trips to the Mississippi barrier islands, especially when she could share the experience with her nieces and nephews and other young people. Her love of life and endearing spirit will be missed by all those who knew and loved her.
Private services will be held in Mobile, Alabama and in Cleveland, Mississippi. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be sent in her honor to the Alzheimer’s Association at https://alz.org or the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org. Condolences may be made online at Hughes Funeral Home at www.hughesfh.com