Their four children wanted to continue this caring to the community their parents loved, and found a way to do so through a legacy gift to United Way of Bradley County.
“We thought of how we could leave that legacy through one of our very special charitable organizations in our community, and since mom and dad were so involved in United Way, approached them with the thoughts of setting up a special fund honoring our parents,” said Phyllis Callaway, one of two Easterly daughters.
The siblings worked with United Way to create the Bob and Mildred Easterly Fund, which helped spur the creation of the United Way Legacy Society.
“Talking with Phyllis about leaving this legacy honoring her parents made me realize what special people they were, and how they cared so much for the residents of our community,” said United Way’s Patrick Long, who worked with the family in developing the fund.
“We had been discussing creating a Legacy Society, and what better way to do so than with this gift from the Easterly family.”
The Legacy Society has been established by United Way of Bradley County as a way for individuals to leave a legacy of caring for our community’s most vulnerable citizens. By becoming a member of the Legacy Society, donors can secure the future of United Way and ensure that their friends and neighbors are healthy, educated, stable, and supported for years to come.
“I think mom and dad would be so proud to be involved with this,” said Robert (Bob) Easterly, one of the two Easterly sons. “I remember dad was so involved with United Way that I was kind of jealous of him spending time helping others, but I see now that this was his heart showing through. He was a caring man, and my mom cared so much about others, too.”
His brother, Jack, remembered the times that he and his dad would go to Rotary Club livestock shows, and other events staged by local clubs and nonprofit organizations. He especially remembered the Red Feather campaign that United Way conducted in the days of the Community Chest and United Fund.
Legacy Society members are donors who have made a contribution or bequest of at least $10,000 to the United Way of Bradley County Foundation.
“Our parents came from modest means, so they always remembers those less fortunate, and always would say that ‘What’s mine is yours,’ so this is a way for them to continue that gift for years and years to come,” said Jane Easterly.
To request more information about becoming a member of the Legacy Society, contact Patrick Long at the United Way of Bradley County at 479-2020.