Sharecropper’s Wisdom featuring General J. R. Gorham, Motivational Speaker and Book Signing


Farmville Community Center

3886 South Main Street, Farmville, NC 27828

Farmville, NC, US, 27828

From the tiny seedbed of Falkland, North Carolina grew highly respected leaders in business, military, education, and civil rights. General J.R. Gorham’s passion for leadership began as a small child. Like most young leaders, he believed that leadership was all about him. Thankfully, he had Daddy–sharecropper Roy Gorham–who set him straight.

Armed with the hard-earned character traits of humility, respect, service, faith, hope, endurance, and compassion—J R.’s peers and superiors consistently chose him to lead.

At the age of 14, this freshman won the election to serve as vice-president of the Farmville High School. From that year forward, he stayed involved in student government. Then at the age of 18, he joined the United States Army and later the North Carolina National Guard.

Fast-forwarding, by the age of 55, J.R. Gorham was the first black officer to be commissioned as Brigadier General of the North Carolina National Guard. Simultaneously, he excelled in the banking industry and was ultimately promoted to vice-president of First Citizens Bank in Kernersville. Currently, General J.R. Gorham serves as Director of Special Projects in the N. C. Department of Public Safety.

J.R. earned a bachelor’s degree from East Carolina University, married his college sweetheart Barbara Jean Battle, and became Daddy to Tony, Jamie, and Joshua. He holds a master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College.

His extraordinary wealth of personal experience and education, coupled with his warm, Southern charm, makes J.R. a favorite motivational and leadership speaker with young people and business leaders.

Unlock the secret by walking the fields of wisdom with humble sharecropper Roy Gorham and reap your own harvest..

Let’s join General J. R. Gorham at Farmville Commuity Center, 3886 South Main Street in Farmville, on Friday, October 20th at 6 p.m. for an evening of encouragement in our community. Light refreshments will be served. Free admission.


What can I bring into the event?

If you have ordered your book from website you could bring it to be be signed by the General.


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

For more information send email to or Facebook @farmvilleseniorcouncil



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