The Emerson family made their home in Lexington in the early 1900’s. Raymond Emerson owned R. Emerson Furniture. His son, Wilber Emerson, graduated from Lexington High School in 1927, graduated from college with a degree in Mortuary Science and came back to Lexington to practice as a mortician until he was enlisted in the army in 1942.
Wilbur, in his will, directed $20,000 to establish the Emerson Scholarship Fund in memory of both he and his father. The Emerson Memorial Scholarship, administered by the Lexington Community Foundation, is awarded each spring. This annual scholarship valued at $1,000 is available to graduates of Lexington High School who are enrolled at any university or college as a collegiate junior, senior or a graduate student.