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Earl T. Gresham, Sr.

Forest Lawn Cemetery
Location: Mausoleum Corridor B Tier B Crypt 42
(November 12, 1892 – May 31, 1980)

 Earl T. Gresham Sr. photo

Earl T. Gresham, Sr., was the founder and president of E.T. Gresham Company, Inc., a general contracting firm.  He founded the firm in 1916, which became incorporated in 1918.  He pioneered the operation of motor trucks and mobile cranes in the region and his company developed into a diversified corporation offering a variety of construction and industrial services, including hauling and rigging.  The company grew to serve customers through the United States, Canada, Europe, and South America. 

Gresham served as a director for several area civic organizations including the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce, the Tidewater Virginia Development Council, the Norfolk Foundation, and the Salvation Army.  He was also an honorary member of the Builders and Contractors Exchange.


Community Builders of Norfolk, Norfolk, 1942, p. 74. (source of photograph)

The Virginian-Pilot, “Earl T. Gresham Sr., Businessman and Civic Leader,” June 2, 1980, p. C2.

Profile written by Michael Frost, Norfolk Society of Cemetery Conservation volunteer

Visitor Information

Visitor Hours: Sunrise to Sunset

Office hours: Monday to Sunday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Free parking inside cemetery.

Admission Cost: Free

Address: 8100 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23505

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