Hall of Fame 2017

2017 Boys Home of Virginia Hall of Fame Inductees

Saturday, October 7, 2017, marked the 20th annual Hall of Fame banquet at Boys Home of Virginia. This year, the Boys Home community and guests celebrated five inductees who either made a difference in their communities because of Boys Home or made a difference at Boys Home. The inductees were Robert W. Huffman, Quin S. Corbin, Michael and Joyce Moorman, and James R. Miller.

The first inductee was Robert W. Huffman. He was introduced by former Boys Home employee Martha Terry. Mr. Huffman began as a houseparent at Boys Home in June 1970. While there, he coached varsity baseball for thirteen seasons, varsity basketball for twelve seasons, and was eventually promoted to athletic director. He left Boys home in 1983. He has also had an active military career, having served his country in the United States Army, the Army National Guard, the United States Army Reserve, and the Virginia Army National Guard. Since retirement, he has been active with the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, and the Disabled Veterans Association.

The second inductee was Quin S. Corbin. His daughter, Bridgett Moore, and her sister-in-law, Mary Deal, accepted the award on his behalf. Quin, along with his younger brother Wesley, came to Boys Home from Alabama in 1945. He loved sports and played baseball and basketball for Boys Home. Following graduation from high school, he joined the Air Force Academy and then retired from active duty in 1962. He retired from the Air Force Reserve in 2004 with the rank of Master Sergeant, but not without being awarded and honored many times for his service. He passed away on September 21, 2012.

Executive Director Donnie Wheatley introduced the next two inductees, Michael and Joyce Moorman. They first learned of Boys Home through their church. Ever since, they have been enthusiastic supporters of Boys Home and have inspired others to follow their example. They served as cochairpersons of The Journey Continues, Boys Home’s capital campaign. A graduate of Hampden Sydney College, Mr. Moorman began his career with Peebles as a manager trainee in 1964 and became the first non-family member to become CEO. He retired from Peebles in 2003. He has served on numerous boards, including the Boys Home board of trustees, and currently owns and operates Moorman Farms, LLC. Mrs. Moorman graduated from Virginia Baptist Hospital School of Nursing and enjoyed a career as a registered nurse. She, too, has served on numerous boards.  Mr. and Mrs. Moorman are members of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Bedford, Virginia.

The final inductee of the evening was James R. Miller. His is a fascinating story of overcoming severe physical challenges and succeeding in spite of personal obstacles. Mr. Miller came to Boys Home as a resident in 1959 and remained until his graduation from Alleghany County High School in 1966. He continued his education at Ferrum College and worked toward a degree in Education. He also attended East Tennessee State University and earned a degree in Health Education and Special Education. He taught in several high schools and coached football, basketball, and baseball. In 1993, he started his second career as a fulltime insurance agent and retired earlier this year. He spoke very graciously of his affiliation with Boys Home and how his life has been enriched by the opportunities extended to him.

Mr. Wheatley shared some closing remarks before those gathered were dismissed. It was a special evening filled with inductees, their families and friends, and students at Boys Home. Thanks to each of these individuals who have lived in ways that have been inspirational to others and who have made a difference at Boys Home. We are grateful for your investment in the mission of Boys Home of Virginia.