“To make the best better” is the motto of 4-H. Larry and Larna Cavendish lived by this motto and taught it to their children, Bonnie, Stan and Michael. To honor the memory of Larry and Larna, their children have established the Cavendish Family Fund at the Beckley Area Foundation. It is a designated fund in which distributions will be rotated on an annual basis between providing camperships at West Virginia University Extension 4-H summer camp or 4-H International camp and providing support for Theatre West Virginia’s capital needs.
Larry was the first Director of the State FFA-FHA Camp, Cedar Lakes, from 1951 – 1964. He also worked in the Extension Service as a county agent and program specialist for 10 years and was the Director of the State 4-H Camp at Jackson’s Mill for 8 years. After his retirement, he continued to volunteer with many organizations. While Larry was serving in these positions, Larna was right by his side as a volunteer for 4-H and other community programs. She loved volunteering in her community and caring for her family and friends. The “Bread Woman of Beckley” she provided homemade bread for any and all that she could.
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