40 Years Ago

Published 12:00 am Monday, July 3, 2006

Ferguson to head UF drive

E.C. (Ned Ferguson Jr., a Suffolk attorney, will direct the first fund drive efforts for the new Suffolk-Nansemond United Fund this fall.

Ferguson’s selection as fund drive chairman to spearhead the effort was announced this weekend by A. Gibson Howell, president of the United Fund.


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The large-scale drive is the result of merger formed April 1 by the manager of the former Suffolk Community Chest and the Nansemond County Community Chest into a single organization, the Suffolk-Nansemond United Fund Inc.

This year’s drive is entirely different from an attempt several years ago by Suffolk and Nansemond County to solicit funds collectively. During this effort only the fund drives were combined and the two Chests retained their separate identities.

Ferguson, a native of Suffolk, has been a practicing attorney here since 1945 when he returned to the city after serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

A graduate of Suffolk High School, he is also a graduate of William & Mary College, Williamsburg, and earned his law degree from its Law School.

Returning to Suffolk, Ferguson associated himself with Thomas L. Woodward in the latter’s law practice and later entered a partnership agreement with Woodward, which prevailed until 1959 when he opened his own office.

He and his wife, the former Helen Grier Phillips, have four children, a married daughter Mrs. James Stotlar Jr. of Rehoboth Beach, Del., Carl Phillips, 17, Edwin Grier, 14, and Lydia Sharon, 13. They live on Jones St. and are members of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

New organ at St. Paul’s

Workmen will move into the sanctuary of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Tuesday to begin alterations required for the installation of new $35,000 organ.

Purchase of the organ was authorized by St. Paul’s vestry two years ago and it is expected to be installed in December, according to a vestry report mailed Friday to parishioners.

4-H boys honored

Two more Nansemond County youths have won places of recognition during State 4-H Club activities at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Blacksburg, during the past week.

Tommy Rountree placed fourth in the livestock division and Fred E. Byrd Jr., won first place in the tractor driving division. Their honors followed closely on an announcement that another Nansemond team member, Steve Britt, had won the Virginia 4-H Sheep Achievement Award.

Carter earns high average in women’s bowling

Sara Carter of Eastover American compiled the best average (106) this past season in the Suffolk Women’s Bowling League.

Mrs. Carter, whose team was runner-up to championship Planters after a three-way roll-off, was one of six bowlers awarded special trophies at the annual banquet recently at Planters Club. The banquet was attended by 150 persons.

Other bowlers receiving special trophies were Minnie Winslow, high game (148) Katherine Milteer, Godwin Motor, high set (387); Toni Farrenkopf, Nansemond Motors high flat game (95); Evelyn Lipps, Suffolk Motor, most improved over the past seasons; Brenda Spivey, Belair Chevrolet, most improved new bowler.

The Eastover American team turned in the high team game for the season, and Johnny’s Master Eddo had high team set.

There were 31 bowlers who didn’t miss a single on the 39 nights of bowling.

Brick wall yields $3

Webster Brick Co. was entered through a hole cut in the brick wall. It was discovered Saturday morning that $3 in change has been taken from a Coke machine. The Sheriff’s Department is investigating.

First beginner net clinic ends

The Suffolk Tennis Association Beginners Tennis Clinic ended the first session Friday with six of 23 beginners passing their tests. Two others were near passers.

Those who passed were: Phil Simmons, Wayne Matthews, Nat Chavis, Susan Moody, Warren Kozak, and Charles Fraley.

Young adult class meets

The Young Adult Class of the Sedley Baptist Church help their monthly meeting in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Gray in Franklin Monday night,

After the business session Mrs. Gray served refreshments consisting of pie and drinks, which was enjoyed by all.