Reporter: Dhomonique Ricks | Videographer: Levi Washburn
Campbell Co., VA – Monday is the birthday of one of Central Virginia's most successful and longest-serving business owners.
Rustburg born Sonny Merryman Jr., owner of Sonny Merryman Incorporated, is celebrating his 88th birthday.
His business is regarded as one of the largest bus dealerships in America with nearly 125 full time employees. The company has been in business for 46 years.
Merryman is also highly regarded for his philanthropic contributions. Over the years, he's provided more than one million dollars in college scholarships.
He was recently inducted into the Central Virginia Business Hall of Fame. Merryman says the best piece of advice he ever received in his lifetime is to give back.
"My mother always told me, 'Son if you help people that needed you, you'll get it back three-fold.' She didn't put it up high enough," he said laughing.
Merryman's family is taking him to Virginia Tech for the football kickoff banquet Monday night.