Surrounded by several friends, family and colleagues, Beverly Waldrop celebrated for retirement after 40 years of service at CASA of Jackson County.
Waldrop started at CASA as a volunteer in 1979. She served on the advisory council and was named director in 1982. She retired in 2019, but she left her mark on Jackson County. She was active in numerous events and committees in the county. She started a reach program to bring charities together to help families in need.
She started the county’s hospice agency. She was the president of the Alabama Leaders of Volunteer Efforts. She also served on the county health council and the Council on Aging.
Vice President of CASA Board of Directors Cheryl Simon said Waldrop started out small with one focus, but everytime she saw a need, she would make it a priority.
“She didn’t try to stay within her own little boundaries,” said Simon. “She kept growing out.”
Simon said that Waldrop had been dedicated right up until the time she retired. Simon also said that Waldrop was not only a dedicated servant, but she is also a kind and caring person.
Waldrop said her best memories at CASA were when she would go out to meet the elderly and conduct home visits. She did that up until the time she retired.
“When I started, I was talking with the elderly, and when I left, I was talking with my peers,” Waldrop said with a laugh.
She said they did a great deal of good things and said there were many changes in her 40 years at CASA.
State Sen. Steve Livingston attended the party and read a resolution the Senate had drafted to commend Waldrop for her 40 years of dedicated service.
“This resolution is not nearly enough for everything you have done for Jackson County,” said Livingston.