Mrs. Beverley Cheramie is the lead janitor at South Lafourche High School — a job she’s held now for many years.
But oh goodness, is she ever more than that — both to the school and then also to our community as a whole.
Mrs. Bev is a local mainstay, a big piece of the fabric to the community.
When there’s an event, she’s there.
When someone needs help, she’s there.
She’s getting a little older now, but she still seems to be everywhere she’s needed — an amazing love for service and the folks in our area that is unrivaled by most in our area.
“I just love to help out,” Mrs. Bev said earlier this year in the halls of South Lafourche High School when asked why she does what she does. “If I can do it, I’m going to find a way to do it.”
Does she ever.
At school, Mrs. Bev helps keep things in order at South Lafourche High School, which is no easy chore, given the sheer size of the campus and all of the things that go into doing janitorial work at a major high school campus.
But perhaps what makes Mrs. Bev’s story so special are the things she does on her own time.
She’s a widow and also a loving mother and grandmother to a wonderful family.
Her children and grandchildren put a huge smile on her face. Her kids are now older, but if a grandchild is playing a sport somewhere, she’ll be there.
When her grandson Jelby signed a collegiate scholarship to play baseball this past spring, she joked that she was “his biggest fan.”
Away from the house, she cooks and volunteers at countless events around the community — either to cook or help out however she can.
At sporting events, she often prepares a local favorite — a chili that’s to die for.
But she also makes a mean bread pudding and a full assortment of other desserts.
And there has to be some leisure time, too, right? Mrs. Bev said she also likes to spend the little bit of free time that she has with some longtime friends.
When asked how much longer she plans to help out, Mrs. Bev laughs.
To her, age is just a number.
She said she has no plans to slow down any time soon.
“I will go as long as I can,” she said.
By Casey Gisclair