Layton H. “Tony” Beverage was born in Washington, D.C. March 30, 1962, to Layton Howard and Hannah Kay Beverage. He passed away at Johnston-Willis Hospital in Richmond, Virginia, September 1, 2014.
Tony graduated from Pocahontas County High School as Salutatorian in 1980. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies from Fairmont State College, a Master’s in Educational Admin- istration at William and Mary College, in Williamsburg, Virginia, and a Doctorate in Educational Admin- istration and Supervision at the University of Virginia. His first teaching job was as a history teacher and football coach for seven years at Smithfield High School in Isle of Wight County Virginia. He then took a job with Herff Jones for three years. He returned to education and was Assistant Principal at Forrest Middle School in Bedford, Virginia, for three years. He was Principal at Hamilton-Holmes Middle School in King William County, Virginia from 1997 to 2001. Under his leadership the State Department of Education named Hamilton-Holmes among the top middle schools in Virginia for 1999. He moved on to Nelson County, Virginia, where he was Assistant Superintendent of Instruction for four years.
Dr. Beverage became principal of Gloucester High School, Gloucester Virginia, in 2005. He was instructionally knowledgeable, student-centered with a high degree of professionalism. He retired in 2014.
As a member of the Gloucester Point Rotary Club, he became a Paul Harris Fellow. He was a member of Tinkling Spring Presbyterian Church in Fishersville, Virginia, and a former member of the Marlinton Presbyterian Church.
Dr. Beverage will be remembered for his professionalism, warm caring personality, and his love of family and home state of West Virginia.
He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Sandy Hughes Beverage, son, Lon, and daughter, Hannah, all of Gloucester, Virginia; his parent, Layton and Hannah Kay Beverage, of Marlinton; brother, Charles “Chuck” Beverage, and wife, Marilyn, of Marlinton; father-and mother-in-law, Keith and Rose Hughes, of Richmond, Virginia.
Memorial service will be at Gloucester High School Football Field September 13, 2014 at 3:30 p.m. An additional memorial service will be held in Pocahontas County September 28, 2014, 2 p.m. at the Marlinton Presbyterian Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Layton H. “Tony” Beverage Memorial Scholarship and will be used for a Pocahontas County High School student(s). Donations made to this scholarship can be sent or dropped off to the Marlinton or Arbovale offices of First Citizens Bank