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In Memory of

Bev R. Laws

August 30, 1926 - March 28, 2015

Obituary


On March 28, 2015 at the age of 88, Bev Laws, son of Laura Graham and Homer Laws finished his earthly journey. Bev was born in Fayetteville, TN and his education included time at Virginia Military Institute, the Merchant Marine Academy. He earned his degrees from the University of the South in Sewanee and his MA degree from New York University. He married his childhood sweetheart, Katie Walls and began his career in Montgomery, Alabama where he was a teacher and a coach. Working a part-time job with the city's Recreational department introduced him to...

On March 28, 2015 at the age of 88, Bev Laws, son of Laura Graham and Homer Laws finished his earthly journey. Bev was born in Fayetteville, TN and his education included time at Virginia Military Institute, the Merchant Marine Academy. He earned his degrees from the University of the South in Sewanee and his MA degree from New York University. He married his childhood sweetheart, Katie Walls and began his career in Montgomery, Alabama where he was a teacher and a coach. Working a part-time job with the city's Recreational department introduced him to the YMCA where he began his career as the physical director, then executive of the new South Branch of the Montgomery Association which experienced rapid growth under his leadership.
In 1963, he accepted the invitation from the Orlando, FLA YMCA to become a general secretary of the Orange County YMCA. Planning started immediately which resulted in the 1967 opening of a new Central Branch. By the end of the 1960s,Orlando had seven branches, a renovated camp, three new buildings and a professional staff of twenty.
After nine years in Orlando, Laws accepted the chief executive officer position of the YMCA of Greater Houston. He was blessed with a strong board, a committed staff of forty professionals, 16 branches and a budget of $2.3 million. Laws developed a resident camp and constructed two full and two partial facilities. The rapid growth of the city of Houston during that era was matched by the growth of the YMCA. In spite of the economic decline of the 1980s, Houston had the fourth largest YMCA in the country.
In addition to his work in his home association, Laws served the National YMCA in many ways including chairing the Urban Group and the National Employee Benefits committee.
Most of all, Bev loved his family. He was the proud father of five children, Lauranne Laws Humphreys, Charles (Charlie) Laws, Rhea Laws, Janie Laws Macey, and predeceased by his youngest child, Kathy Leigh. He looked forward to each and every visit with his children, eight grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.
In addition, Bev loved traveling with Katie, attending the children's' activities, playing golf and gin at the club, hunting and fishing with his sons and telling family stories. He was president of Lakeside Country Club and active in St. Martin's Episcopal Church.
Memorial service will be held at 2pm on Wednesday, April 1st in St. Martin's Episcopal Church, 717 Sage Rd, Houston. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to (www.ymcahouston.org) or P.O. Box 3007, Houston, Tx. 77253 in the name of Bev Laws Cinco Ranch Day Camp. Private burial in Memorial Oaks Cemetery.