Beverly Hope Guiles

Published 9:59 am Thursday, December 21, 2017

KITTY HAWK, N.C. — Beverly Hope Williams Guiles passed away on Dec. 18, 2017.
Born in Petersburg, Virginia, on Feb. 8, 1964, and reared in Courtland, Virginia, she is a daughter of Zeannette Roberts Williams and the late Gene Wesley Williams.
She is survived in death by her husband of 14 years, Michael V. Guiles; her sisters, Courtney Williams Bitar of Manassas, and Jennifer Lynn Williams Roca and husband, Dr. Adam J. Roca, of Alexandria; their two children, nieces Isabella and Vivian; and brother, Gene Wesley Williams Jr.; his two children, nieces Taylor and Katelyn. In addition to her immediate family, she is loved by many aunts, uncles, cousins, friends in Northern Virginia, the Outer Banks and her Southampton County community.
She graduated from Southampton Academy in 1982 and continued her studies at Mary Baldwin College earning a Bachelor of Arts in art management in 1986. A few years later, she pursued her teaching certification by completing a Master of Science degree in business education at Southern New Hampshire University.
Beverly Hope taught business and art at the secondary level for many years in Fairfax County Public Schools. She was the teacher sponsor for the Future Business Leaders of America at both West Potomac and Mount Vernon High Schools. Additionally, she was instrumental in opening the second student-operated Apple Federal Credit Union in the state of Virginia at Mount Vernon High School. She was a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, which is an honor society for women educators; she also served a term as the chapter president.
She and her husband, Michael, moved to Kitty Hawk when he retired as an art teacher from Fairfax County Public Schools. While living there, she was an active member of the P.E.O. Chapter CJ, a philanthropic organization that supports the advancement of women through scholarships, grants and awards.
Furthermore, she discovered a new direction for her artistic passion as she worked in retail design at the French Door in Nags Head.
The memorial service, led by the Rev. Andrew Book, will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 22, in Courtland United Methodist Church.
Charitable contributions may be made to either Courtland United Methodist Church Stained Glass Windows or the Gene Williams Memorial Scholarship at Southampton Academy.