A lasting tribute

April 24, 2015

Iris Davidson

Iris Davidson remembers her husband Charles as a man who was interested in everything. The couple co-owned a restaurant in Newaygo and enjoyed fishing together. Charles loved the outdoors, public speaking, and athletics. He ran sports conditioning camps and worked as a coach, teacher, and principal.

When Charles passed away in 2000, Iris wanted to find a meaningful, lasting way to honor his life and legacy.

“I wanted to do something more than just buy flowers that would be gone in a few days,” she said. “I would rather see that money help someone. I wanted it to do something for somebody.”

At the suggestion of one of Charles’ friends, Iris and family established the Charles William Davidson Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Community Foundation with gifts from friends, family, and community members.

“I think it is a wonderful thing to do,” said Iris. “It’s grown so much. Now all these young people have benefitted from it.”

The scholarship, awarded annually to a graduating student athlete from Newaygo High School and White Cloud High School, is a permanent way to remember Charles as well as a way to invest in the future.

“Helping students continue their education is important, especially in this changing world,” said Iris. “They can be more knowledgeable and they can discover things they can do to help make a difference in the world.”