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In Memoriam

Beverly Ann Hargis Fleming 

1934 – 2022


Beverly Ann Hargis Fleming was a sweet mother and friend as well as a talented professional artist and entrepreneur. She loved music, and art and was a ballroom dancer who appeared as one in a music video by Mary Chapin Carpenter.  


A loving mother of three, Brenda Fleming, Rilla Fleming and Steve Fleming (deceased), she is survived by her daughters, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. 


Beverly came from a family of artists. Her grandmother taught art in Arcadia, Florida, in the early 1900s. Her mother was also an artist and all her siblings had artistic talent. Her father moved the family to Boca Grande, Florida, where she and her six other siblings lived. In the 1950s, she moved to Sarasota with her husband James Hampton Fleming. 


She really loved the Lord and was very active in her church as she raised her family. She played the piano for the church, sang solos and taught Sunday School at the Baptist churches she and her family attended. 


It was Beverly's dream to own an art gallery. She purchased and operated the Beverly Fleming Gallery at the Towles Court Artist Community in Sarasota, Florida from 2000-2006. She supported many local artists, Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota Opera and various other organizations. She was a member of the Sarasota Branch of the National League of American Pen Women and served as a president for three years. Loved by everyone she met, she will be deeply missed. 

There is a place we all know well

With sand and seas and gulls and shells  

A place we loved to dream and play

We thought it would always be that way  

But as time went by, as it always will  

We found our dreams had all stood still  

Although the place has changed so much  I

n our hearts it had not been touched .

A poem by Beverly Fleming

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