"[My parents] worked a lot and they were away from us, and we had to step up on our own a little bit and had to be a little street smart and raise ourselves," Addison said. I knew at a very young age that whenever I got on my feet, I would have children at a young age." When Addison and Melisa found out she was pregnant, they were excited."We look back and see how things unfolded, and we're glad we're at the point we are today," he said.When Gill accepted a teaching position in Halifax County in 1951, George and Gill met, fell in love, married, and have remained married for 64 years.It was following the sale of the business in Virginia in 1959 that George and Gill moved to Fort Pierce, Florida.Having grown up working around the mills, racking lumber, and cruising timber, George had a great appreciation for beautiful woods and nature.Throughout his life he remained a lumberman at heart. Friend High School in South Boston, Virginia and attended Richmond Professional Institute in Richmond, Virginia.
After his discharge from the Coast Guard, George returned to Halifax County and together with his father ran the Hanlon Lumber Company which eventually merged to became Burton and Hanlon Lumber, Building Supply, and Construction Company.
In 1922, the Mutual Building and Loan Association of Ayden was organized to help families obtain mortgages to build homes in Ayden.
After experiencing tough times during the Great Depression, and after the Second World War, the town began to grow.
The oldest of four children, Russell had to help his parents while growing up in Pensacola, Fla.
• "With my mom and dad being so young, and having to go through a lot of struggles and overcoming a lot of struggles together, I think that's what has driven me to this point," he said.