Donated photo. Reverend Floyd and Esther Lee Frisbee left a gift to the Haywood Community College Foundation to establish the Chere' Frisbee Memorial Endowment for nursing students in memory of their daughter. Pictured is Chere' at age 17, the year she passed away from Cystic Fibrosis.

Growing up, Chere' Frisbee always wanted to be a nurse. Finding out as a young child that she had Cystic Fibrosis meant that dream would probably not become a reality. Chere' Frisbee died as a senior in high school at the age of 17. But her parents, Reverend Floyd and Esther Lee Frisbee, are ensuring that others get to pursue this dream. Esther Lee passed away in March 2019, five years after her husband’s death, and left a gift to the Haywood Community College Foundation to establish the Chere' Frisbee Memorial Endowment for nursing students.

“The Frisbees were very generous people,” explains relative Mike Smith. “They were salt of the earth, fine people you could depend on.”

From the lives they led, the Frisbees made an impact on many people. As a Baptist minister, Floyd was a leader in the community. For Esther Lee, she touched the lives of many youth in Haywood County by working in cafeterias for Haywood County Schools.

Angie Lowe, niece of the Frisbees, says that Chere' lived much longer than expected with her illness. Perhaps this was due to the life that her parents helped her live. “Her parents let her experience things,” Lowe says. “She was able to get her driver’s license. They made every day count. They took excellent care of her. Now they are giving others the chance that Chere' didn’t get.”

For more information about this scholarship or to give to the HCC Foundation, please call 828-627-4544 or email pahardin@haywood.edu.