Lucile Reed Edwards
The late Lucile Reed Edwards.

CULLOWHEE – A gift of more than $106,600 from the estate of the late Lucile Reed Edwards, a 1943 graduate of what was then called Western Carolina Teachers College, will help future generations of students from Jackson County attend what is now Western Carolina University.

A native of Sylva, Edwards died Aug. 30, 2003, in Kinston, where she had lived for many years before losing a battle with cancer.

The Western Carolina University Development Foundation, recipient of Edward's estate gift, added the $106,618.67 bequest to the Ed and Bertha Henson Reed Scholarship Fund, established by Edwards in 1997 in honor of her parents. Ed and Bertha Henson Reed were lifelong residents of Jackson County, and Ed Reed was a well-known Sylva businessman.

The purpose of the fund, which now totals $163,523.67, is to provide support to Western Carolina students from Jackson County who are majoring in education or business and who have proven themselves to be academically and financially deserving. The first award was made in 1998, and future awards will total approximately $7,000 annually.

After graduating from WCTC in 1943, Edwards went on to earn her master's degree from East Carolina University. She worked many years with Baptist Children's Homes in Kinston and Thomasville, and she retired from Lenoir Community College, where she was a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma international honor society for women educators. “Miss Lucile,” as she was known to her friends, also was a former member of the board of directors of the Western Carolina University Foundation.

For information on how to include Western in estate planning or other planned giving options, contact Jim Manring, director of planned giving, toll-free at (800) 492-8496, or locally at (828) 227-7124.

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