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Deltaville to honor four on July 4th Heritage Day

From left are grand marshals Raymond Burrell, Cathleen Norton and Elaine Miller. Not pictured is grand marshal Rev. David G. Brown Jr.

by Larry S. Chowning

The Deltaville Community Association (DCA) will have four grand marshals of the 22nd Annual Heritage Day on Saturday, July 4.

Elaine Miller, Cathleen Norton, Dr. David G. Brown Jr., and Raymond Burrell are all going to ride in the parade as grand marshals in the July 4th parade at 2 p.m.

Mrs. Miller is being honored for her many years of service to the community. She taught first grade at Wilton Elementary and Rappahannock Central Elementary School. She has lived in the Deltaville area for 47 years and her late husband, J.P. Miller, was pastor of Philippi Christian Church.

Mrs. Norton and her late husband Ed started Norton’s Railway in 1950, now Norton’s Yacht Sales, on Broad Creek. They were both very active in the DCA. Her husband died in 1985.

This is Mrs. Norton’s second stint as grand marshal. She also received the honor in 1988 at the first Heritage Day.

Mrs. Norton is a longtime member of Philippi Christian Church and has been active in the Christian Women’s Fellowship group. When her husband was in the Lions Club she was active in the club’s activities for ladies. 

Burrell is being honored for his service in World War II. He was a member of the U.S. Army’s “Black Panthers” of the 761st Tank Battalion—the first to be comprised of African-Americans. The 761st Tank Battalion was part of General George Patton’s forces that fought at the Battle of the Bulge. Burrell was nearly killed during the fighting.

Burrell’s exploits during World War II were featured in the January 8, 2009 issue of the Sentinel.

Dr. David G. Brown Jr. was a young minister of Philippi Christian Church in the 1960s and was involved in the Christian Youth Unlimited (CYU), a dynamic interdenominational organization that had 60-plus teenage members from throughout the county.

The CYU was instrumental in raising funds to build the Ricky Taylor Memorial Swimming Pool in Deltaville and the community tennis courts, and in purchasing 3 acres of land adjoining the DCA property. 

This week, the DCA voted unanimously to name the recreational grounds the “Dr. David G. Brown Jr. Recreation Area” in honor of his contributions to the Deltaville community.

This Sunday, June 28, former members of the CYU, pool members and officials, and the community will celebrate the pool’s 40th anniversary with a party/picnic at the pool from 1 to 4 p.m.

The corresponding secretary of the DCA, Kris Scherrer, said Mr. Burrell, Mrs. Miller and Mrs. Norton were selected for their many contributions to the Deltaville community. “These are people who have given so much to our community and this is just a small way for us to say thanks,” she said.

“We are honoring Dr. Brown for his efforts years ago to make our community a better place to live and for all he did for the DCA, the pool and the grounds,” she said.

Lew Grimm, president of the DCA, said the four grand marshals “represent the spirit that has made Deltaville such a great place. We are very honored to have them as our grand marshals.”

posted 06.24.2009

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