Huntington, WV Black History

Victor Simpson

Operations Specialist, Retired

Victor Simpson has been actively engaged in neighborhood organizations in Huntington and has been a dedicated volunteer for various organizations.

Simpson moved to Huntington from Hilltop in Fayette County, West Virginia to attend Marshall University. In 1980, he earned a four-year degree in finance and a 2 year-degree in small business management. He also has held a Real Estate license since 1996. He maintains that license in West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio. He also worked at Ashland Oil/Marathon for 30 years until he retired in 2000 as an operations specialist.

Simpson is actively involved in several organizations in Huntington, namely the Enslow Park Neighborhood Association and the Neighborhood Institute of Huntington. He has served as a mentor to high school students and Marshall University students.

Simpson also has had a garden in the Spring Hill Garden for 35 years. For the past 15 years, he has been one of the few Black master gardeners in West Virginia.

Simpson works with Huntington Bloom to help beautify the city with flower plantings at Harris Riverfront Park, Huntington City Hall and Heritage Station.

He is a trustee at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church and a member of the Men’s Chorus, where he has been known to lead a solo. He also volunteers once a month at the Huntington Food Bank packing food boxes. Victor has volunteered at The Wild Ramp and loves talking about gardening. Simpson has been in Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. member for 41 years. He is an avid photographer and volunteers as a photographer for the church, his fraternity and community events.

 

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