On April 5, 2010, Beverly A. McCollister, 73, of the Spruce Creek Fly-In, Port Orange, died. A private memorial service will be held later this month. Beverly, born in Newark, Ohio, was graduated with a B.S. in Education from Capital University (Columbus). She later received her Masters in Education from Nova University. She taught school for many years in Ohio and at Port Orange Elementary School. She was a respected organist at several churches throughout the area as well as at a variety of programs at Spruce Creek. Three years ago, she was invited to present a recital in Stormthal, Germany, on one of the two remaining organs played by Johann Sebastian Bach. She is survived by John, her husband of nearly 50 years; two daughters, Beth (Steve) Armogida of Sierra Madre, California; Amy (Bryan) McDaniel of Jacksonville; a son, Michael (Deborah) McCollister of Charlottesville, Virginia; three grandchildren, Audra, Olivia and Canon; a sister, Carol (Jack) Davis of San Antonio, Texas; her beloved dachshund, "Pirate" and the family of the Spruce Creek Fly-In. Tax-deductable donations may be made in her name to the Halifax Humane Society, to All Saints Lutheran Church, Port Orange, or to the John McCollister Aviation Writing Scholarship at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Apr. 6, 2010.