The Beverly Skipper Endowment was recently established by the Northwest Mississippi Community College Nursing Department under the leadership of Dr. Denise Bynum, director of Nursing Instruction, with funds that were raised from the annual “Shoot for the Heart” fundraiser.
In 1967, Skipper graduated from W. A. Higgins High School, with a high school diploma and a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) endorsement. She and several other students had taken advantage of the local hospital’s LPN training program which they were able to complete during the school day over a two or three-year period.
After high school, she attended Tuskegee University and received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1971. She then attended the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western University and received a Master of Nursing Science degree in 1973.
Skipper married Cornelius Skipper, whom she affectionately called “Neli” in 1973 and they had four children, Warren, married to Corey, Kimberly, David, and Brian.
In fall 1973, she joined the nursing faculty at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center as its youngest member, earning tenure with the rank of Assistant Professor.
She was a supportive alumnus of Case Western Reserve University, and was a member of The Tuskegee University National Nursing Association. In addition, she was very active with the Tuskegee University National Alumni Association.
After 11 years, she left UT and worked in the nursing in-service department at Baptist Memorial Hospital. After two years, she missed teaching and joined the Northwest Nursing Department. She loved her Northwest family and never regretted her decision to join the Northwest faculty.
Skipper was active in her church, Metropolitan Baptist, serving with the Health Ministry. She was also a member of the Pastor’s Sunday School Class for many years and was very supportive of Neli’s involvement with the music ministry at church. She served the Girl Scouts as Cookie Chairman of her daughter’s troop for several years.
She possessed a love of learning and encouraged her children to be lifelong learners. She died in July 2018 at the age of 68.
Her husband expressed gratitude for this tribute to his wife. “Few things would please Beverly more than knowing that her legacy will help future nursing students realize their hope of becoming nurses of the future,” Cornelius Skipper said.
“Beverly was someone who was intelligent, compassionate, professional, and beautiful, someone who fit the Proverbs description of the very best kind of wife, mother, instructor, and person,” Bynum said.
The Beverly Skipper Endowment will be awarded to students pursuing a career in Nursing.
For more information on the Foundation, contact Marla Kennedy, institutional advancement specialist, at 662.560.1105 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.