The DeVine family has arranged a visitation for friends to express their love, admiration, and grief for the passing of their daughter, senior Ava DeVine.
The family will receive friends on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 10 a.m. until noon, at Hankins and Whittington Funeral Service, 1111 East Blvd., in Charlotte. They are also inviting the Furman community to read her obituary and leave condolences on a “tribute wall.” The DeVine family will hold a private memorial service on Sunday.
If you plan to attend the visitation, please be aware that the funeral home requires that everyone wear a mask. It has measures in place for social distancing, and is asking everyone to make their visit brief and not congregate inside.
On campus, the memorial wall in front of Daniel Chapel, where you may also leave memorials and messages for the DeVine family, will remain in place through Monday. A campus memorial service is being planned for the Furman community and details will follow in the days ahead. We have also reached out to those who most closely knew Ava to provide support, counseling and small gatherings.
As expressed by the many notes pinned to the memorial in front of the chapel, Ava was a dynamic, loving person whose joy, unwavering warmth and kindness touched many people – classmates and friends, faculty and staff, even people she barely knew. It seems she embraced fully how a friendly hello or remembering the name of someone she met briefly could be as therapeutic as being someone’s lifelong friend.
If you or someone you know is having a difficult time processing grief, please reach out for help. These resources are always available to you:
Counseling Center, 864-294-3031
After-hours emergency contacts are listed here.
Office of Spiritual Life, 864-294-2133
Information about grief and loss is available here.