When Charley and Martha Lynn Webb say they have a lifelong connection to Beaufort Memorial Hospital, they aren’t kidding.
Both were born at BMH back when the hospital had just 25 beds.
“The delivery cost $35,” Charley Webb said. “Mom has the bill in my baby book.”
Martha Lynn gave birth to all four of their children at Beaufort Memorial. Two of the Webbs’ grandchildren also were born there. Over the years, their parents have been in and out of the hospital for various procedures, including cardiac services. And like most families, they’ve made the occasional visit to the ER for broken bones and stitches.
“We’ve seen the hospital grow as the community has grown.” Webb said. “We used to have to go to Charleston for a lot of different things. Now, we can be treated right here in Beaufort.”
Grateful to have high-quality medical care available close to home, the Webbs have done their part to help maintain Beaufort Memorial’s standard of excellence. They have hosted numerous dinner parties for the Beaufort Memorial Hospital Foundation Valentine Ball, an annual fundraiser that has raised more than $3.7 million for the hospital.
Charley Webb also served on the Foundation’s Board of Trustees from 1997 to 2003. It was during his two-year tenure as chairman of the board that the Foundation initiated one of its most popular fundraisers—the Duke Symphony Orchestra concert.
Then a principal with Kinghorn Insurance of Beaufort, Webb persuaded his associates to sponsor the fledgling event, benefiting the Keyserling Cancer Center and the hospital’s healing arts program. Even though Webb retired last January, the agency continues to serve as a key sponsor.
This year’s concert will be performed March 23 at USCB’s Center for the Arts. Led by Duke Symphony Orchestra Director Harry Davidson, the students will perform a varied repertoire of symphonic classical works.
“It’s art in its best form,” Webb said. “The performance is quite enjoyable and the conductor is a lot of fun.”
A musician in his own right, Webb is a regular at local jam sessions. He plays the fiddle, guitar and mandolin and recently took up piano.
“I play like I have crab claws for hands,” Webb quipped. “But I enjoy it. I think the arts are so good for your health.”