As a faithful member of First Baptist Church South Hill, Samuel L. Boone, Jr. has applied this powerful scripture when traversing some of his most challenging adversities through life and it continues to successfully guide him daily. It serves as the driving force behind his fearless, untiring motivation to help others every day.
Not only is Sam a current elected School Board Member for the City of Chesapeake (holding a seat since 2012), but he is also a Senior Trooper and Recruiter for the Virginia State Police, having served with distinction for the Commonwealth for the past 19 years. In all aspects of his life, he humbly devotes himself to being a public servant, working tirelessly in his community to help those in need around him.
Sam's efforts are certainly not a solitary mission - he is supported by his unwavering foundation: his wonderful family. Sam has been happily married to Zarmeta Boone for 15 years and they live in the Deep Creek area of Chesapeake. They are the proud parents of twin boys - Sammy and Leon - who both attend Chesapeake Public Schools.
Sam is also a native of Portsmouth, Virginia where he was raised by his loving and nurturing parents Janet and Samuel Boone, Sr. He graduated from Manor High School in 1990 and went on to earn a B.A. in Political Science from Norfolk State University, graduating in 1995.
Being local to Hampton Roads his entire life gives Sam not only a sense of pride in his duties to give back to his neighbors, but it also gives him peace of mind knowing his own children, as well as others', are growing up in a community he can proudly stand behind.
Every day, this principle is one that is close to Sam's heart. He knows first-hand the impact someone can have on a young person's life. How, you ask? He himself once had a life-changing experience which firmly solidified his belief in "Investing in Our Children's Future."
Early in Sam's career with the Virginia State Police, while assigned to New Kent County, a young runaway tried to commit suicide. As a young Trooper, Sam was called in to assist the youth. He successfully talked the runaway out of suicide and helped him overcome the problems which brought about such a seemingly hopeless situation.
At that juncture in his life, such a moving experience made Sam realize how much of an impact he could make on future generations, and so began his passion - and calling - for mentoring and working with youth. Sam presently continues to mentor and support local area youth, being a Volunteer Advocate for Chesapeake Youth (VACY) and a past member of the Chesapeake Youth Committee. He is also dedicated to coordinating an annual book drive to improve the literacy of disadvantaged children in the Hampton Roads area.