Charleston County Council has declared Nov. 9 Beverly T. Craven Day in honor of its long-time clerk.
Craven, a native Charlestonian who will turn 80 this year, has held the clerk of council position for the past 25 years. She began when she was 54 years old, after her husband had died and her three daughters were grown.
“God gave me another bunch of babies to take care of,” said Craven of her work with 40 council members over the years.
She’s a true southern lady who a few years ago was featured in a Duke’s Mayonnaise commercial for her tomato sandwiches.
“Mrs. Craven has a tough responsibility working for nine council members,” said Charleston County Council Chairman Teddie Pryor. “She has earned our respect, and we think the residents of Charleston County will appreciate taking the time each year to recognize what she has done for the county over the years.”
In 2010, County Council dedicated its Council Chambers to the longtime clerk by naming it the Beverly T. Craven Council Chambers.
While a lot of people find County Council a contentious group, Craven said she’s fond of all of the members. “Everyone has a specialness about them,” Craven said, “and that specialness is what you need.”
Craven had a great day Tuesday. Not only was a day named in her honor, but her first great-grandchild, Abigail Elizabeth Holdgate, was born.
She values her own family, and seems to find family wherever she goes.
She worked with North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey when he was a County Council member. And now, she works with his son Elliott Summey, who currently is serving on council.
Earlier in her life, she was the volunteer advisor for the March of Dimes. In that role, she remembers Paul Thurmond being selected as the Healthy Baby of the Year. Thurmond was elected to County Council in 2006 and recently was elected a state senator.
Craven has a full life, and has no plan to retire. “I’ll stay as long as I physically and mentally can do it.”
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