Family dedicates scholarship for parents, endowment dedicated

March 26, 2010

PLAINVIEW – Wayland Baptist University athletic director Dr. Greg Feris used several words to describe his parents during a stirring tribute at Thursday’s Board of Trustees luncheon. But the most powerful tribute he could give was to endow a scholarship at Wayland Baptist University in their name.

“I think of several words when I think of my parents. Loving, caring, faithful, determined, hard-working,” said Feris. “My mom and dad were just ordinary folks with an extraordinary dream of owning their own business and a home.”

Feris joined his wife Glenda, who works for the Plainview schools, in dedicating the Charles and Evelyn Feris Endowed Scholarship as a tribute to his parents, who he said believed heavily in education and provided for their sons and grandchildren to attend college though they themselves did not have that opportunity. The scholarship will provide the means for future Wayland student athletes to offset the cost of higher education and see their own dreams come true.

Charles and Evelyn were married in January 1941 in Fort Worth and worked side by side for more than 58 years as owners of Feris Electric and Lighting. Lifelong United Methodists, the couple had visited the Wayland campus several times over the past years and were encouraged and impressed by the warmth, friendliness and energy of the students, faculty and staff.

Charles died in January 1999 at age 81, and Evelyn died in July 2009 at age 86. Another son, Mitchell Feris, was present at the dedication as well with his wife Ledawn. Also present were Greg and Glenda’s sons Chad and Chris Feris and a granddaughter, Carlee, daughter of Chad and wife Cindy.

The luncheon also featured a brief presentation of the plaque marking the James A. “Buddy” Davidson Mission Center Endowment. Officials from the Davidson Foundation, located in Midland, were unable to make the trip but will be guests of the university at a later date for a more formal dedication. The endowment –a $250,000 grant from the foundation – will provide funds to offset travel expenses for foreign mission endeavors for students through the Wayland Mission Center.