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800 S.Redwood Ave., Kountze, Texas

The Vida Singleton Bevil & Vida Bevil Blair Children's Section Donors: Frances & Sam R. Bethea III

The Vida Singleton Bevil & Vida Bevil Blair Children’s Section was made possible by a $101,000 gift from Mr. And Mrs. Sam R. Bethea III. Mrs. Bethea, a partner in the Beaumont law firm of Benckenstein and Oxford, is the former Frances Blair of Kountze. Mr. Bethea, a customer service representative with Entergy, was reared in Baytown, Texas. Both are graduates of Baylor University.

Their gift of the Children’s Section is made in honor of Mrs. Bethea’s mother, Vida Etoile Bevil Blair, and in memory of her grandmother, Vida Margaret Singleton Bevil. “This gift is given with love and gratitude for the women who introduced me to Mowgli, the March Sisters and Maggie the Cat, Scarlett O’Hara and St. Augustine, Hiawatha, Henry V, Heidi, and the Highwayman, Alexandra Bergson, Ajax, and so many more.”

Mrs. Bevil was the daughter of Kountze attorney and District Judge Daniel Floyd Singleton and Margaret Edwards Singleton. A native of Ellis County, Mrs. Bevil was educated at the Villa Maria Convent in Bryan, Texas following the death of her mother. After graduating, she and her sister joined their father, who had moved to Kountze to practice law and in 1913, she married Andrew Leak Bevil. Mrs. Blair, the youngest of their three children was born and reared in Kountze. After graduating from Texas Christian University, she returned to Kountze. She was married to the late John L. Blair.
   The Betheas feel that they were blessed to grow up in homes where books were treasured as steadfast friends.

“...And that has made all the difference.” ...Robert Frost

“There was a child went forth every day,
And the first object he look’d upon that object he became.
The horizons edge, the flying sea-crow, the fragrance salt marsh
And shore mud,
These became part of that child who went forth every day,
And who now goes, and will always go forth every day.’’

...Walt Whitman