Beloved Lee County doctor endows scholarship at LMU

Special to Civitas Media

June 11, 2014

Dr. Beryl Owens and his wife, Beth, have endowed a scholarship at Lincoln Memorial University (LMU). The Courtney Beryl Owens Endowed Scholarship fund has been created to benefit Thomas Walker High School graduates.

“We at LMU are so fortunate that Dr. and Mrs. Owens have made this scholarship opportunity available for students from Thomas Walker High School,” said LMU Vice President for University Advancement Cynthia Whitt-Wall. “Giving students the ability to gain an education is a priceless gift. Dr. Owens has served in our community for many years and he continues to do so as he builds a bridge for future generations.”

Dr. Owens, of Rose Hill, Va,, managed a busy medical practice for over forty years, which was characterized by a uniquely caring and service-oriented approach. He often made house calls and was widely known for his special attention to elderly patients. Beyond his practice, he gave back to his community by becoming involved in an impressive list of community service work.

“We are proud to be giving the students of Thomas Walker High School the advantage of education through a scholarship at LMU,” Dr. Owens said. “Education is an infinite gift that can change a person’s life.”

His dedication to Lee County is evident once again with his chosen criteria for the scholarship established in memory of Owen’s son. The award will be given annually to a graduate of Thomas Walker High School or residents of Rose Hill or Ewing, Va., should Thomas Walker High School ever cease to exist. Preference will be given to a student demonstrating financial need.

Dr. Owens was inducted into the LMU Professional Hall of Fame in 2010. He is a member of the LMU Class of 1950 and went on to earn a medical degree from the University of Virginia. He served as the Lee County, Va., Medical Examiner during his career and was chairman of the Lee County School Board.

Following his retirement, Dr. Owens traveled to Nowata, Okla., where he provided medical services to members of the Cherokee Nation residents in several northeastern Oklahoma counties. He and his wife still reside in Rose Hill and are the parents of Whitney Owens and the late Courtney Owens.

Michael Bonaventura, of Rose Hill, Va., has been awarded the scholarship and will attend LMU in the fall and plans to be a wildlife and fisheries management major. Students interested in this scholarship should inquire with the Thomas Walker guidance office or contact LMU’s financial aid department. Individuals interested in supporting the scholarship fund may donate by contacting Frank Woodward at 423-869-6351 or by email at frank.woodward@LMUnet.edu.