Capt. Leveral represents a family legacy. Raffield’s father, Leveral Sparkie Raffield, and his uncle, William Jeep Raffield, ran charter excursions out of the same marina for decades. The first generation of the family to make a living on the water came to Bay County from Eastman, Ga.
Fishing since 1895, the Raffield Family has made it their life’s mission to continue the family business of fishing. They left Georgia in 1890 and arrived in the Auburn community (where Tyndall Air Force Base is) in 1895, Raffield said; it took them so long because they stopped in communities along the way to build churches.