ABINGDON – Mr.
Beveridge Tate Quillen, a
lifelong educator and principal, died peacefully at his home on Wednesday, May
30, 2007. He was 102.
Barely a teenager when he graduated from high school, he was a mere lad when he arrived on the campus of the
He earned his master's degree in education from the
Mr. Quillen was a dedicated teacher and principal of Haysi High School, Big Island High School and Garden High School in Oakwood, from which he retired in 1972. For many years, he served as chairman of the
A quiet, unassuming gentleman, few knew that in the early 1940s he was the principal author of a plan for secondary education which was adopted by Gen. Douglas MacArthur and implemented in
In the past several years, Mr. Quillen had enjoyed traveling extensively, taking two trips to
He was a member of Sinking Spring Presbyterian Church. He was a loving husband, devoted brother, and a helpful friend and neighbor.
Mr. Quillen was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Bess Hillman Quillen; by three sisters: Grace Quillen, Vesta Quillen Easterly, and Juanita Quillen Pratt; and one brother, Carter Livingston Quillen.
He is survived by his brother, Dale Marden Quillen of
Funeral services for Mr. Quillen will be held at
Pallbearers will be Don Lay, Lan Dingus, Dave Hillman, Dwight Hillman, Eugene Hillman,
The family will receive friends from until the time of service in the parlor at Sinking Spring Presbyterian Church.
Those wishing to share memories or messages of sympathy online may do so by visiting www.farrisfuneralservice.com.
Farris Funeral Service, 427 E. Main St., Abingdon, VA 24210, (276) 623-2700, is serving the family of Mr. Quillen.
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