“He was a big time golfer and he had been doing this [at Glory Harvester Church],” said New Hope’s Golf Ministry President Calvin Gainor, adding his church is looking to revive the benefit Beavers started when he was pastoring Glory Harvester Church in Cartersville. “... So after his passing, we wanted to just kind of bring it back. We thought the best way to do it would be in honor of him with the scholarship fund. ... That was something he was a big part of.
“[Education] was a big part of his life. He was just that type of person. He was always trying to help the less fortunate and the unfortunate. He used to tell the young people all the time, ‘Be the best that you can be.’ So he would always give them the opportunity to strive a little more. For those who couldn’t get the academic scholarship or the athletic scholarship, he wanted to be able to help.”
Born in June 1937, Beavers was a graduate of Noble Hill School and Summer Hill High School, a U.S. Air Force veteran, a musician who helped pen numerous songs, including “Someday We’ll be Together,” night club owner, former director of Hickory Log Vocational School and chaplain for the Bartow County Jail.
He also served as the executive assistant to former Gov. Joe Frank Harris, executive assistant to the Georgia Department of Corrections’ commissioner, an aide to Georgia House Speaker Tom Murphy and chaplain of the Georgia House of Representatives.
A minister for more than 30 years, Beavers shepherded New Hope Missionary Baptist, after which he founded and pastored Glory Harvester Church and led its prison ministry program.
“He was a big influence in my life, just to know him personally,” Gainor said. “... He also took a liking to the young people coming up. He always had time for you. He always [gave] you good, solid advice. You just found yourself really loving him.”
On May 30, the golf tournament will begin at 9 a.m. with a Fort Lauderdale shotgun start at Woodland Hills Golf Course. In the case of rain, the event will be rescheduled for June 6 at 9 a.m.
The benefit will feature various prizes for longest drive, closest to the pin, and first, second and third place. Along with lunch, the tournament, while supplies last, will provide complimentary copies of Beavers’ autobiography, “From Here To There And From There To Here,” which was published in 2003.
Reflecting on his life and walk with God, Beavers’ wrote on his book’s back cover, “I’m a perfect example, if anyone is willing to go through His process written in the Holy Bible, the Holy Spirit will change you. If it had not been for the mercy and grace of God, I would have been locked so far under the prison that they would have had to ‘pipe sunlight into me.’ It’s not what you think nor how you feel, it’s what God says in the Holy Bible. I was born Robert L. Beavers, went through the process of being a child, a farmer, an Air Force person, a songwriter, rock-n-roll singer, night club owner, a pastor, a Doctor, a Bishop, and an Ambassador ... which has brought me from ‘there to here.’”
To participate in the upcoming golf tournament, fees for a four-man team will be $400 and an individual player will cost $100. The deadline to register will be Friday. Proceeds will benefit New Hope Missionary Baptist’s scholarship program and its building expansion efforts to provide classrooms and bathrooms.
“We’re hoping for a great [amount of] support and it looks like we’re going to have a great [amount of] support from all indications,” said Bruce Love, a deacon for New Hope Missionary Baptist and member of its Golf Ministry. “The idea is to make this [an] annual event from here on out, and actually the longer you do it, the bigger it gets. The bigger it gets, the more scholarships you’re able to give out.
“So it’s just a win-win situation and it’s a way of giving back. With all the sponsors that contributed, we want to ... reassure them that we’re not going to go away. We’re not going to disappear. We’re personally committed with this and [the golf tournament] will happen again next year.”
For more information, contact Gainor at 404-934-4072 or Love at 410-231-8047.