Portsmouth comics behind to assisting others after they were helped – Virginian
March 16, 2016 - bbq set
Though it isn’t apparent during initial glance, James Overton and Tim Loulies have a lot in common.
Both are famous for their village outreach. Overton is past boss of a Wilson Ward Civic League, is active in voter registration and has served on a city’s formulation commission. As a veteran comedian, Loulies has used his talent to lift income for a Cradock Little League, a H.E.R. Shelter, CHKD and other estimable causes. He has lerned and mentored new comics by a Virginia Beach-based Funny Bone comedy school.
Overton and Loulies both come from families with a tradition of service. The comparison James Overton was a city’s initial African American surrogate decider and a initial black allocated to a Portsmouth Redevelopment and Housing Authority.
Most interestingly, both Overton and Loulies were pang from life melancholy conditions final year.
A pathogen that attacks heart muscles and his body’s contingent rejecting of a ingrained Left Ventricular Assist Device placed Overton during a tip of a heart transplant list. At one point, he was hospitalized until a new heart could be located.
Doctors found a growth on Loulies’ kidney final spring, and he was suggested to start a weight detriment module before medicine could be attempted.
Community members and friends rallied to support a group who so openly gave to them.
The Wilson Ward Civic League had a “A Heart for James” cooking fundraiser in Mar 2014 to assistance equivalent Overton’s medical costs. It was spearheaded by Elvira Johnson, who insincere caring of a joining after Overton’s tenure. The joining went a step serve to coordinate a warn birthday jubilee for Overton’s mother BeNee during his extended stay during Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.
Grove Church done a $10,000 concession to assistance a family. Overton says while he was impressed by a generosity, he wasn’t unequivocally surprised.
“Portsmouth has giving people. We will always come together for a cause,” he said.
Loulies’ story is similar. His crony and former comedy student, Chas Hartley, set adult a GoFundMe page to assistance lift income for a personal trainer. The donations were immediate.
Hartley, who lives in Portsmouth and owns FM Restaurant on Granby Street in Norfolk, has a prepared answer for a open response to his crony Loulies and Overton.
“We take caring of any other in Portsmouth and all of Hampton Roads. I’ve been all over a nation and am advantageous adequate to be means to live wherever we wanted. we select to live here and can’t suppose vital anywhere else,” he said.
The highway to liberation is opposite for both men.
Overton got a new heart on Feb. 7, 2015. There have been teenager issues, he said, though nothing that wasn’t expected. He knows, for instance, he will take defence termination remedy for a rest of his life so his physique won’t quarrel a permanent guest.
Loulies’ growth was private Nov. 18. He mislaid usually half a weight endorsed though there were no complications. His augury is excellent, he said, interjection in partial to a best alloy in a state and a support of family and friends.
True to form, both Overton and Loulies have returned to assisting others.
Overton is one of a hosts of a 7 City Forum radio program, listened a initial Monday of each month on WPCE-AM, where reserved moderators plead topics of seductiveness to a public. Overton represents Portsmouth during a 6:30 a.m. segment. Organ concession was one of his prior topics.
Overton’s new shortcoming comes as no warn to Johnson.
“He loves his wife, family and city and he loves to give back. This is only who he is,” she said.
In further to his duties during a Funny Bone, Loulies now uses his art to assistance heal. The Armed Services Arts Partnership offers giveaway comedy, visible arts, essay and song training to use members, veterans and troops families as a certain opening for a disastrous aspects of troops life. Loulies teaches comedy during a Peninsula-based nonprofit. Loulies was filmed final week for a WHRO documentary on a project.
Overton and Loulies give new definition to a “each one learn one” adage. It’s what creates Portsmouth great, according to Hartley.
“The area breeds success and that is a approach outcome of a enlightenment of a people here. Portsmouth gets a bad swat infrequently and we positively giggle during ourselves a lot as well, though during a finish of a day no one pays a fee to get into North Carolina,” he said.