Charles F. Burrough's Sr.

Charles F. Burrough's Sr.

Charles F. Burroughs Sr. was born in Tarboro, North Carolina. After he parents died he started working at the age of 10. He became an office boy for the Royster Fertilizer Company and paid room and board to live with the Royster family. In 1891 at age 20 he was sent to Norfolk to help the company expand. He married Mabel Chamberlaine in 1909 and was named Royster’s president and chairman of the board in 1958.

In 1950 Burroughs and with six other civic leaders helped to create what is now the Hampton Road Community Foundation. Burroughs served as vice chairman of the Foundation’s distribution committee until his death in 1960. When he died he left a bequest that created the Charles F. and Mabel C. Burroughs Memorial Fund. Although Burroughs’ formal schooling ended when he was orphaned at age 10, education was important to him. The fund provides scholarships for students at Hampden-Sydney College, Norfolk Academy, Union Presbyterian Seminary and Virginia Theological Seminary, as well as grants for Christ and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and First Presbyterian Church of Norfolk.