Looking back: Apartment project coming to Franklin

Published 12:36 pm Saturday, October 18, 2014

OCTOBER 17, 1964

An apartment project with 150 units, costing more than $1 million dollars, is planned for Franklin. The site of the project is just off Homestead Road, not too far from the new Southampton Memorial Hospital. The property is adjacent to the Norfolk, Franklin and Danville Railway.

Now being used as cow pasture, the tract covers 32 acres. Currently, James L. Camp Jr. owns twenty-five acres off the land and William M. Camp Sr. owns seven. The property is a part off the historic George Camp farm.

Jacob H. Brody off Norfolk will be the owner of the apartment complex. Brady said the apartments will be of colonial design and two stories high. There will be one, two and three bedroom apartments. Rents will range from $90 to $165 per month; rent will include heating and hot water. The occupant will pay electrical costs.

Managing Agent for the apartments will be Parker & Company’s branch office in Franklin, which will be staffed by Woodrow Livesay and Jack Farmer.


Representing the Board of Directors and Executive Committee off Southampton Memorial Hospital, Sol Rawls, Jr., President, announced today the appointment off Gerald DeHaven as Administrator off the hospital. He succeeds Jesse Reel who recently resigned and has accepted a position with another hospital in Georgia.

DeHaven, 41, is a native Virginian. He is currently Assistant Administrator at Norfolk General Hospital. Before going to Norfolk, he was Administrator of Fauquier Hospital in Warrenton, Va.DeHaven is a graduate of VPI and the School of Hospital Administration at Medical College of Virginia. A veteran of World War II and the Korean War, DeHaven still holds a reserve commission in the United States Army. He is married and has a 13-year daughter.


The congregation of Capron Methodist Church will move into their recently renovated Church plant on Sunday. They have been meeting in the Capron Elementary School for the past eight weeks. According to Mrs. Trent Fox, building committee chairman, everything is completed. “We especially look forward to using the new heating and air conditioning system,” she said. Serving with Mrs. Fox are V. S. Pittman, Jr. and Paul Camp Marks. Rev. Charles Spivey, pastor of the Church, invites all members and friends of the Church to attend this Sunday’s worship Service.


The Camp Division of Union Bag-Camp Paper Corp. has announced the 1964 recipients of student scholarships and teacher fellowships.

The scholarship program offers to four college students, each, an award in the amount of $1,200. Eligibility rules require that applicants be sons or daughters of the paper company’s employees. Two Franklin students received new awards this past summer. They are Mary Hu Bridges and Philip Marion Dedge. Miss Bridges, a 1964 graduate of FHS plans to further her education at Richmond Professional Institute. Dedge, a 1963 graduate of FHS, is presently attending VPI – studying chemical engineering.

Joseph Minton, Jr., a third-year student at the University of Virginia, and Virginia Mae Boone, a resident of Nansemond County, attending Hampton Institute, both received scholarships. Teacher fellowships, for this past summer, were awarded. Mrs. Deaton Faucette of Boykins, a faculty member at Southampton High School, attended Converse College at Spartanburg, SC. Mrs. Leigh W. Johnson of Franklin High School attended Longwood College In Farmville, Va.

Two SPECIAL teacher fellowships were awarded this year. Mrs. William H. Riddick, a teacher at Franklin Elementary School, and Isaac P. Davis, Principal at Windsor High School, were the recipients.

The program provided a two-week attendance at the Enterprise Economics Workshop located at the Hall of Fame Enterprise Pavilion at the New York World’s Fair. Adelphi University conducted the course. The teacher/students resided on the Adelphi Campus at Garden City on Long Island.

CLYDE PARKER is a retired human resources manager for the former Franklin Equipment Co. and a member of the Southampton County Historical Society. His email address is cpjeep99@yahoo.com