Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

January 8, 2013

Beryle Crockett Santon, Ed.D.

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

PRINCETON — Beryle Crockett Santon, Ed.D, of Low Gap Road, Princeton, died Saturday, January 5, 2013, at Princeton Health Care Center. Born in Herndon, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Joseph Brown Crockett and the late Maude White Crockett.

Prior to her retirement from Concord College (now Concord University), Beryle devoted more than 50 years to being an educator and always felt teaching was a most important profession. She received her public education in Kanawha and Mercer Counties and her undergraduate degree in education from Concord College. She continued her studies by earning a Master’s Degree in Education from WVU and her Doctorate in Education from VPI. Additionally, she completed graduate work at Marshall University, Rutgers University, University of Virginia and the WV College of Graduate Studies.

Beryle had experience as a public school teacher, textbook publisher consultant, college professor and retired as Director of Student Teaching and Coordinator of Field Experiences at Concord College. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Princeton and was an active member of the Delphian Club, Red Hat Society and numerous professional, honorary and academic organizations including Alpha Delta Kappa, American Association of University Women, Association of Teacher Educators, Delta Kappa Gamma, National Council for Teachers of English, Phi Delta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, WV Association of  Colleges and Teacher Education, WV Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development and the WV Association of Teacher Educators.

Beryle was involved in multiple committees that developed reading and curriculum at the school, county, regional and state levels during her tenure at Concord. During her career as an educator she received many honors and awards from the organizations in which she had membership. Dr. Santon was also named Alumnus of the Year by the Concord College Alumni Association and was presented the Bickey Award for her service to the College.

In addition to her parents, an infant sister, Darlin Crockett, preceded her in death.

Survivors include her husband of 48 years, Jacob B. Santon; one daughter, Jacinda Santon Smith and her husband, Dr. Todd Smith; one son, Joseph B Santon; one precious grandchild, Katherine Anne Smith, and a very special friend, Ruth Boyd.

Funeral services to celebrate the life of Dr. Beryle Santon will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 9, 2013, at the George W. Seaver Chapel of Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton with her cousin, the Reverend William Lancaster of Greenville, S.C. officiating. Entombment will follow in Resthaven Park Cemetery Mausoleum. Family friends serving as pallbearers include Nathan Elmore, Kevin Fleming, Larry Gray, Tim Powell, Jim Sarver, Rusty Sarver, Adam Sarver and Buddy Tolley. Honorary pallbearers are Paul Douglas and Peg Tolley.

Friends may call at Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 8, 2013.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Concord University Foundation, Beryle Crockett Santon Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 1405, Athens, WV 24712 or to the Jonathan Powell Hope Foundation, P.O. Box 5527, Princeton, WV 24740.

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Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton is serving the Santon family.