Butler County, Alabama

A J Peavy Obituaries

submitted by Linda Hamilton Penn

I have copied the information below directly from newspaper clippings kept by a relative of Anderson J. PEAVY. - - Linda Hamilton Penn

Lufkin Daily News (Texas). Clipping did not have the date attached.

A. J. PEAVY Dies Monday Morning
Funeral Services for Prominent Southern Lumberman Tuesday

Anderson J. PEAVY, 76 of 876 Jordan Street, prominent lumberman and one of Shreveport's best known citizens, died at a local sanitarium at 7 a.m. Monday.  Mr. PEAVY had been in failing health for some time and suffered a stroke in his home last Wednesday.  He was president of the PEAVY-Byrnes Lumber Co., PEAVY-Moore Lumber Co., PEAVY-Welsh Lumber Co., and PEAVY-Wilson Lumber Co.

Brief funeral services will be held Tuesday at 9:30 am at the family residence on Jordan street.  Bishop Hoyt M. Dobbs of the Methodist Church conference of Mississippi and Dr. Dana Dawson, pastor of the First Methodist church, will conduct the rites at the home.  Following services here, the funeral cortege will proceed to Lufkin, Texas, former home of deceased, where further rites will be held at 3:30 pm conducted by the Baptist minister of that city.  Interment will be in the Lufkin cemetery under direction of Osborn funeral home.

Leading Lumberman
Mr. PEAVY, who was one of the best known lumbermen in this part of the country, was born in Covington County, Alabama on August 8, 1866.  The family moved to Butler County, Alabama, where Mr. PEAVY's father was engaged in the timber business.  The family left Alabama in 1877, moving to Angelina County, Texas when Mr. PEAVY was 11 years old.  Mr. PEAVY worked on his father's farm and went to school until he was 18.  He then took his first job, that of school teacher, which he followed successively for four years.  During school vacations he clerked for the W. H. Bonner store in Lufkin.

He later engaged in the logging business at Michelli, Texas where he worked for the Tyler Car and Lumber Co.  Mr. PEAVY became a partner when the company was reorganized and it was known as the Bonner-Peavy & Bonner Company.  At the end of 14 months Mr. PEAVY sold his interest in the logging company and worked about a year and a half in a store and later bought an interest in the T. J. Bonner Logging Co., and logged on the Angelina river for the Tyler Car and Lumber Co.

Enters Business in 1898
In 1898, Mr. PEAVY went into business for himself, logging for four months with the Eupolia Lumber Co.  In 1903 he was associated with his brother, J. E. PEAVY, and later helped organize the Lufkin Foundry and Machine Co., and was assistant secretary-treasurer.  When the Henderson Land and Lumber Co. was organized at Clawson, Texas, Mr. PEAVY became vice-president and general manager until he moved to Mansfield in 1909 when he organized the Peavy-Brynes Lumber Co. with their sawmill at Kinder, LA.  In 1916, he organized the Peavy-Wilson Lumber Co., with their sawmill in Sabine parish.  In 1919 he organized the Peavy-Moore Lumber Co. and in 1929 the Peavy-Welsh Lumber Co.  Mr. PEAVY was president of all four organizations.

During these operations he organized three short-line railways, one of which is still operating, the Sabine and Neches Valley Railway Co.

Headed Pine Association
Mr. PEAVY was a past president of the Southern Pine Association of New Orleans. He was a thirty-second degree Mason and a member of the First Baptist Church.  He was also associated with the Frost Lumber Industries and the American Compress and Warehouse Co.  Mr. PEAVY was married to Miss Emma Handley of Lufkin, Texas.  They had no children.  Surviving besides his widow are two brothers, W. F. PEAVY of Lufkin, Texas and J. E. PEAVY of Deweyville, Texas; two sisters, Miss Lula PEAVY and Mrs. Clara Glass both of Lufkin; a nephew, W. A. PEAVY, connected with the PEAVY-Brynes Lumber Co. of Shreveport and his sister-in-law, Mrs. George E. Brynes.

A second article. The name and date of the publication were not attached to the clipping.

A. J. Peavy

The death of A. J. PEAVY removes from Shreveport's life a man whose full good to his community and his fellow men embraced a scope that has never been made public and probably never will be.  That is the way Mr. Peavy wanted it.  His philanthropies were many, made without regard to race, religion or creed, but they were made quietly and privately.

Perhaps Mr. PEAVY's greatest philanthropic interest was education.  Many a boy in the Ark-La-Tex area owes his education to the fact that Mr. PEAVY paid his way through school.  One of his few philanthropies to become known publicly concerned Centenary college.  It came back in the days when Centenary had dwindled almost to nothing and the late Dr. George S. Sexton took the task of building and rebuilding the college.  Mr. PEAVY was one of a group of local business men who made gifts in five figures for the cause of Methodist Centenary, although he was a Baptist.

Mr. PEAVY gave far more than money to those in need.  He gave counsel, inspiration, and an example of leadership which spread far beyond the business world.  His home always was a place to ease the trials of those under stress, to rest the soul as well as the body.  In the business world he spread the same influence--an influence of good at all times.  A farm boy, he knew the rural side of life as well as the urban.  He was known as the father of the lumber industry in this area, and it was a result of his early efforts that this great industry grew locally to its present stature.

We extend our condolences not only to Mr. PEAVY's family, but to all who knew him or came in contact with him.  In his death we have lost a splended gentle-man, a kindly soul.

A third article. Again, the name of the publication and the date were not attached to the clipping. (Note they got his middle name wrong. My records indicate that his middle name was Jasper.)

Death Calls Fine Citizen

The death of Anderson Jackson PEAVY, which occurred on Monday, removes from business, church and fraternal circles of Shreveport, one of the finest citizens this community has known.  He succumbed to an illness that extended over a long period, but in recent months he had been able to make brief visits to his offices, and friends and family had hoped he might be spared for many additional useful years.

Mr. PEAVY was prominent in the lumber business for more than a generation, being head of four of the largest concerns operating in this section.  He was a native of Alabama, but came to Shreveport from East Texas, where his young manhood was spent and where he began his notable career in lumber manufacturing.  Coming here to make his home in 1909, he immediately took his place among the leaders and retained that position to the end.

In addition to his leadership in business, deceased was also among the top-ranking Shreveporters in many good works, though a man of modest, almost retiring disposition.  In church circles he was held in the very highest esteem, and he also was actively interested in fraternal matters, as in every movement for the betterment of his adopted home city.  He was a friendly man, one who loved his fellows, and one was known far and wide for the hospitality of his home, where the spacious gardens, presided over by his gracious wife, have been a show place visited annually by thousands.  This lovely spot, we like to think, was much like the life of Anderson Jackson PEAVY, for he was a gentle soul and his a beautiful character.

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