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Melvin R. Green

Melvin R. Green

Mel Green grew up on a small farm in Ohio, served in the Navy for four years during World War II, married and settled in Norfolk. He used the G.I. Bill to get a year of business college and some correspondence courses under his belt before his money ran out. He...

Nick and Connie Georges

Nick and Connie Georges

Nick Georges moved to Norfolk from Cyprus in 1942 at the age of 22. Helped by Norfolk’s Greek community, he built a thriving commercial real estate business. In return, he helped others in the Greek community pay for college and start their own businesses. After...

Perry and Bunny Morgan

Perry and Bunny Morgan

Perry Morgan was a sharecropper’s son who grew up in Georgia. After World War II the G.I. Bill was Morgan’s ticket to the University of Georgia and a career in editing newspapers. He served as publisher of The Virginian-Pilot. After his wife Bunny’ death in 1992,...

R. Franklin and Arbee R. Edwards

R. Franklin and Arbee R. Edwards

The late Franklin Edwards was always “interested in young people and seeing them advance,” says his son Judge Robert Edwards. Franklin Edwards, who died in 1982, had a keen interest in improving life in Isle of Wight County where he grew up on a farm and for 36...

Ruth and Victor Goodman

Ruth and Victor Goodman

From 1959 to the early 1990s anyone checking into Sentara Norfolk General Hospital on a Wednesday or Saturday would encounter Ruth Goodman in her “pink lady” uniform greeting patients at the admitting desk. In 1977 Goodman was hailed in a Virginian-Pilot article as...

Milton and Shirley Liverman

Shirley and Milton Liverman

Dr. Milton Liverman was a former Suffolk Public Schools superintendent. He dedicated 36 years to education in Suffolk, starting as a high school math teacher and then leading the school division as superintendent for 10 years. He was named a regional Superintendent...

Stephen Ashby Carpenter - Making a Difference in the Lives of Children

Stephen Ashby Carpenter - Making a Difference in the Lives of Children

Stephen Ashby Carpenter found his niche in life working as a guidance counselor. Carpenter, a sports-loving man nicknamed “the gentle giant,” taught French for two years at Rosemont Middle School while earning a master’s degree in counseling from Regent...

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Stuart P. Levy (1933-2016)

Stuart Levy grew up in Suffolk and graduated from Suffolk High School before becoming a partner with his dad in The Young Men’s Shop clothing store in downtown Suffolk. He later enjoyed a long career as a Certified Residential Real Estate appraiser in Suffolk and...

The D.A. Taylor Charitable Foundation

The D.A. Taylor Charitable Foundation

D.A. Taylor was a stellar student, tremendous athlete and student leader at Norfolk Academy. He passed away in 1995 at age 16 after contracting meningitis. His friends vowed to never forget him. In 2005 his friends and family created the D.A. Taylor Charitable...

The Hamars

The Hamars

George Hamar, who was born in 1922, was orphaned at age 3 and became a success in life due in large part to education. After serving in the Army Corps of Engineers he attended Syracuse University on the G.I. Bill. That is where he met Marian Phelps, who was born in...

The Horvatic Family

The Horvatic Family

Tommy Horvatic was a friendly 17-year-old who loved swimming with the Pembroke Marlins, serving as an altar boy at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, being a Boy Scout and representing Princess Anne High School as a swimmer and wrestler. Tommy could also be seen...

The Kellams

The Kellams

Floyd and Annie Bateman Kellam were both born and lived most of their lives in Princess Anne County in what is now Virginia’s Beach’s courthouse area. He was born in 1893 and educated in the county’s public schools before attending Randolph-Macon College and...

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The Maury Foundation

Maury High School openen in Norfolk, Virginia, in 1911. In 1986 alumni founded The Maury Foundation to benefit the school’s students, faculty and programs. Over the decades The Maury Foundation provided about $150,000 in one-year scholarships for 115 Maury graduates...

The Polizos Family

The Polizos Family

Lefki Economides was nine months old in 1907 when her parents left her and her two older brothers with their grandmother in Greece while they went to the United States in search of a better life. Nine years and World War I intervened before her parents returned and...

Walter Cecil Rawls

Walter Cecil Rawls

Born in 1895 on a farm near the Southampton County town of Ivor, Walter Cecil Rawls was one of the 13 children of Annie Cofer Rawls and David N. Rawls. He was disabled after a childhood bout of polio. As a child his family moved to Suffolk where he was educated...