Capon Bridge will soon benefit from a new designated fund at the Hampshire County Community Foundation. The Capon Bridge Remembers Fund was established both in memory of the late Bobby and Genny Lovett, two beloved community mainstays, and in honor of the many men & women who worked hard to make the town “a community of neighbors,” as Community Foundation Director Amy Pancake puts it.
The fund will, upon reaching an endowment of $10,000, make annual distributions to four Capon Bridge nonprofits: the Capon Bridge Public Library, the Capon Bridge Revitalization Group, the Capon Bridge Volunteer Fire Department, and the Fort Edwards 4-H Club. The spirits of the Lovetts as well as so many generations of Capon Bridge loved ones will live on and be remembered as those organizations dedicated to the town will benefit from this fund year after year.
Bobby and Genny Lovett were both longtime Capon Bridge residents. The two attended Capon Bridge High School together and met in band. They were married in 1960 and raised their children, Laura and Rob, in Capon Bridge. The pair worked in town for decades, he as co-owner of an excavating company and she as a kindergarten aide at Capon Bridge Elementary School. Along with their deep commitment to the United Methodist Church –Genny also helped co-found the Public Library in 1969 and Bobby served on the Town Council.
After Bobby and Genny’s passing in 2021, longtime friends of the couple Susan Sirbaugh Jaeger and Stephen Sirbaugh, along with Laura and Rob, were motivated to create this fund to serve both as a memorial to the Lovetts and as a “living, breathing continual remembrance of the generations that built Capon Bridge,” says Susan. The donors carefully selected the four charitable beneficiaries in light of their dedication to supporting positive community development in Capon Bridge. “It is in honor of all of our loved ones, who have done so much to create this vibrant town, that we come together to make sure these entities continue to thrive long in the future,” Susan wrote. Through this new fund, the legacies of all who came before and made Capon Bridge a strong, vibrant community will live on forever.
Those interested in supporting the Capon Bridge community, and those whose lives were touched by Bobby and Genny Lovett, are highly encouraged to learn more at www.EWVCF.org/HAMPSHIRECCF and donate to the Capon Bridge Remembers Fund today. Donations can be made online or sent to the Hampshire County Community Foundation, PO Box 40, Romney, WV 26757, with “Capon Bridge Remembers Fund” in the memo.
The Hampshire County Community Foundation is an affiliate of the Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation and was founded in 2005 to build local, permanent endowment to generate annual charitable grants and scholarships perpetually. Donors build the vision to determine how monies in their funds are granted. Community foundations number more than 800 across America, with 26 in West Virginia, and focus entirely on working with local individuals to build local assets to meet local needs. For more information about the Hampshire County Community Foundation, call 304-822-7200 or visit www.EWVCF.org/HAMPSHIRECCF .