Family continues tradition of generosity

Published 8:15 am Thursday, October 13, 2022

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Donors to the community fund at the Davie Community Foundation are all ages – with the common trait an understanding of the importance of unrestricted or slightly restricted funds.

“Belle Boger is one of those donors who understood the importance of the foundation and unrestricted dollars for our community,” said Jane Simpson, president and CEO. “Her life was filled with service to her community and support for organizations that helped Davie citizens. Belle gave of her time in support of her church, Concord United Methodist and UMW, the Mocksville Garden Club, Mocksville Woman’s Club, and the Mocksville Home Extension Club, to name a few. She held numerous offices in each of these organizations giving selflessly of her time and energy.

“Belle was a woman who valued honesty while considering the feelings of others with her words. She was an even-tempered lady who exhibited sound judgement. She evaluated the need in situations and organizations, and where she saw the need, she responded with generosity. Belle generously supported many organizations and projects in Davie County during her lifetime.”

She was one of the first to establish a Community Fund – unrestricted in 2004. Although she passed away in September 2015, the Belle D. Boger Fund continues to make community grants awarding more than $75,000.

“Belle not only left a legacy of generosity in Davie County, but she also left a daughter who has continued that spirit of giving.”

Joe and Marlene Boger Shamel continue to support organizations and projects. Both share their time and talents with Concord Methodist. Marlene served two terms (12 years) on the Davie County Board of Education, and four terms (12 years) on the Board of the Davie Community Foundation. She is still active in the Mocksville Woman’s Club and continues her involvement with the foundation through the Pearls of Empowerment Women’s Giving Circle.

“Her love for education has never waned as she continues to volunteer in Davie County Schools,” Simpson said.

Joe has been active for 41 years as a Mason, having been a Past Master of Mocksville Lodge 134, a Shriner and a Tripster. For a number of years, he was active in the Davie County Cattleman’s Association serving as president. Today, Joe enjoys staying busy on the family farm raising cattle.

“Joe and Marlene have lived a life of service to their community like the example set by Belle Boger during her lifetime,” Simpson said. “They, too, established an unrestricted community fund. The Joe and Marlene Shamel Fund was opened in 2007.

“What a wonderful family legacy they have all left in our community. They are Davie County philanthropists who gave, and continue to give of their time, talent, and treasure to help our community.”

To learn more about the foundation, contact Simpson at (336) 753-6903 or or visit