Past board member and friend, Fr. William Bevington, passed away on June 20 at 4:10 a.m. at Alive Hospice Residence Inn. Fr. Bevington served on the Visitation Hospital Board of Trustees from 2008 to 2011. Upon his retirement in 2008, he requested that in lieu of gifts that donations be given to Visitation Hospital Foundation, and the foundation raised over $16,000 as a result of this unselfish and generous act.
Since then he continued to support the work in Haiti, attended as many fundraisers as possible, and was particularly excited about making a gift a year ago that would accompany a matching grant from Jim Carell.
He served as a priest for nearly 57 years and retired at age 83, after serving as pastor of Our Lady of the Lake parish in Hendersonville, TN for 19 years.
Fr. Bevington had a heart for Haiti and traveled there with Theresa Patterson in 1983. He had a heard of love, compassion, and generosity for the Haitian.
Fr. Beivington had local roots in Nashville and graduated from Father Ryan High School in 1942. He and six others from his class of 50 became priests.
Before entering the priesthood, he studied aeronautical engineering at the University of Notre Dame, and on Dec. 8, 1942, he joined the U.S. Navy and was part of a program that allowed him to continue his studies while a Naval Officer. World War II ended before he completed his degree, and after leaving the Nacy, Fr. Bevington went to work for a short time at McDonnell Douglas as an aeronautical engineer. He continued to think about the priesthood, and in 1947, Fr. Bevington entered the Seminary at St. Ambrose College in Davenport, IA. he studied there for one year then attended the North American College in rome and was ordained a priest on Dec. 8, 1951.
When Fr. Bevington returned to Nashville, he began a career in education, starting as a teacher at Father Ryan for six years. He then worked as a teacher and pastor in Memphis and Chattanooga before returning to Nashville in 1969, and began a string of assignments as pastor of five different parishes.
Fr. Bevington served on the Board at Visitation for three years.