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Southampton holds Wall of Distinction induction

 

Southampton holds Wall of Distinction induction

Southampton holds Wall of Distinction induction

The Southampton Union Free School District officially inducted Mark Johnson and Elton Etheridge into its 2022 Wall of Distinction during a ceremony on April 29.

Johnson graduated from Southampton High School in 1986 and helped create the SHS Wall of Fame that year as co-chair of the student council. Currently, he is the vice president and community development manager of Truist Bank and has been recognized with numerous awards.

Formerly the vice president of community funding and special initiatives for the United Way of South Hampton Roads in Norfolk, Virginia, Johnson was the first African American to hold this position in the company’s 87-year history. He also serves on a number of boards and committees.

Johnson resides in Virginia Beach with his wife, Shonder, and two children. He is a graduate of Canisius College in Buffalo, New York.Southampton holds Wall of Distinction induction

Although not in attendance, Etheridge was honored during the ceremony as well. A 1956 graduate of Southampton High School, he excelled in every sport he participated in and became a four-letter athlete in baseball, basketball, football and track. His excellence in sports was so impressive that he was invited to try out for a New York Major League Baseball team upon graduation from high school.

After high school, Etheridge joined the U.S. Army. Due to a knee injury, he received an honorable discharge. He married Florence Lee in October 1957, and together they had three daughters. He started working at the Southampton Golf Club in 1965 and became the superintendent of greens in 1973, a position he held for 33 years before retiring in 2006.