Paul Nevell Carter was a dedicated man who took care of his family by working two jobs. His main job was with the Federal government as a nursing assistant in radiology at National Institute of Health (NIH). His second job was with Giant Food Store where he worked at different locations; but, many Alexandrians would remember him working at the Giant Food Store in Alexandria. He was dedicated to his family. Because Paul worked two jobs, this allowed his wife to be in the home for their children.
Paul repeated many times to his family about his war time service that left lasting memories with his children. Paul served in World War II under General Major Patton. You can read more about Paul’s story “Severed Under General Major Patton: Sergeant Paul Nevell Carter” in the Alexandria Gazette Packet on page 8 at http://connectionarchives.com/PDF/2019/102319/Alexandria.pdf.
Behind the scene of the article on Parker-Gray School.
Parker-Gray School was established in 1920 in Alexandria, Virginia. The first building was located at 901 Wythe Street where the present day Charles Houston Recreation Center is located. The school had grades 1 through 8. By 1930s, high school classes were added going up to grade 11. The first graduating class was in 1936. In September 1950, Parker-Gray High School moved into their new building at 1207 Madison Street. The last graduating high school class was in 1965. In 1975, the Parker-Gray Alumni Association started to celebrate Parker-Gray School’s history and to award scholarships to descendants of Parker-Gray School.
An article in the Alexandria Gazette Packet dated August 2, 2018, on page 11 gives more details of Parker-Gray School’s humble beginnings. You can read the article at http://connectionarchives.com/PDF/2018/080118/Alexandria.pdf. If you want to attend this year Parker-Gray School’s Alumni Banquet weekend scheduled for August 17 – 19, 2018, please send an e-mail to me with your contact information; I will pass the information to the coordinator of the Parker-Gray Alumni Association.