Dr. William Olive Beavers

November 29, 1917August 10, 2013

Greensboro-Dr. William Olive Beavers, 95, died peacefully at his residence on August 10, 2013.

Dr. Beavers was born on November 29, 1917, the eighth of ten children of George Monroe and Daisy Olive Beavers of Wake County. He graduated from Wake Forest University in 1940 and received his medical degree from Northwestern University in 1944.

After service in the United States Navy in the Pacific theater during World War II, Dr. Beavers came to Greensboro to practice medicine with his brothers, Dr. James W. Beavers and Dr. Charles L. Beavers. He was a resident of Greensboro and Guilford County for 67 years and practiced medicine until retirement in 1979. He was a member of First Baptist Church. He was outgoing and lived for helping others. He enjoyed livestock, farming, family camping trips, and watching the Atlanta Braves. He and his wife, Eunice recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. Dr. Beavers is survived by his brother John R. Beavers, his wife, Eunice Brass Beavers, five children, Richard A. Beavers (Shari) of Greensboro, Carolyn Beavers Howell (Griff) of Goldsboro, Clyde E. Beavers of Lexington, KY, Dwight J. Beavers (Sharon) of Summerville, SC, and Gary W. Beavers (Kristie) of Cary. He is also survived by nine grandchildren, Debran McClean (Scott), Elizabeth Donahue (Wesley), Kristen Haynes (Jimmy), Erin Pate (James), Bradford Beavers, Jordan Beavers, Garrison Beavers, Ashley Howell and Cameron Howell and three great grandchildren, Lucas McClean, Carson McClean and Olivia Haynes.

.Dr. Beavers was preceded in death by his parents, his three sisters, Jane Banks, Lydia Beavers, Alice Beavers and five brothers, James Beavers, George Beavers, Charles Beavers, David Beavers and Franklin Beavers. A memorial Service will be held at 3 p.m., Sunday, August 25, 2013, in the Chapel of First Baptist Church, 1000 W. Friendly Ave., Greensboro, NC 27403. Following the service, the family will receive friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the George M. and Daisy O. Beavers Scholarship at Wake Forest University, Box 7227 Reynolda Station, Winston Salem, NC 27109, or any charity of choice.

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Laura Lomax

August 15, 2013

I remember as a young person growing up at First Baptist, Dr. Beavers was always one of the friendliest, most personable adults-- he always took the time to speak to me. My heart goes out to your family, and please take comfort in the knowledge that Dr. Beavers touched many people, not only because of his medical practice, but also just because of the kind of person he was. Our prayers will be with you all!

Laura Lomax, Phil Barbee, and Lauten and Emily Crow

August 14, 2013

What a wonderful life story! My heart goes out to Carolyn, our nurse at Caterpillar in Clayton, and to her family. I hope you can take comfort in wonderful memories and a life fully lived!!
Sharon Butler (Morganton, NC)

Lori Howell

August 14, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

Peggy & Joe Camden

August 14, 2013

Our prayers are with you and your family! What a wonderful husband father and physician !