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Green Ball Fred Edwin PENNEBAKER

red (1892-1974) was born on December 6, 1892 at Cotton Plant, Mississippi the red-headed son of Wyand P. PENNEBAKER, Jr. and Annie Elizabeth SMITH (2nd wife). Siblings were Marvin, Maggie, and Wilmer. Fred finished high school (10th grade - that is all they had) at Cotton Plant. The family moved from Union County to Tippah County about 1915. He worked on his father's farm and at a dry goods store in Ripley, Mississippi before and after World War I. During the war, Fred trained at Camp Shelby, Mississippi and was shipped to France, promptly got a respiratory infection, spent most of his stay in the hospital, and did not see any fighting action. Fred met John McALEXANDER while in service and through him met John's sister, Katie Elizabeth McALEXANDER daughter of Edward Lee McALEXANDER and Minnie Lee JACKSON of Marshall County, Mississippi. Katie and Fred were married December 24, 1928 in Holly Springs. Their only child was Paul Edwin (1934- ). Fred became a licensed land surveyor after passing Tennessee certification test without a formal education. He studied through a correspondence school. He worked in Henning, Tennessee supervising the building of some of the first paved roads in western Tennessee in late 1920's. Fred supervised the first planting of infamous kudzu † in Mississippi, near Holly Springs, as a method to prevent erosion of road cuts. He went to work for WPA as a surveyor circa 1936 and eventually became district supervisor for twenty-one counties in north Mississippi. Fred and his family moved from Holly Springs, Mississippi to West Point, Mississippi in 1937. They lived in Tupelo in 1939 and 1942-1943. Scott Field stadium at Mississippi State was built under his supervision along with many other public works projects in north Mississippi. WPA was dissolved in 1943 while Fred was living with family in Tupelo. He then moved back to West Point and open Pennebaker's Dry Goods Store. He founded a forerunner construction company of Pennebaker's Ready Mix Concrete Company in 1946. He sold the dry goods business after construction business was successful circa 1948. Fred retired in 1962 at age seventy. He served as City of West Point Building Inspector for several years. Fred died of a heart attack January 9, 1974 at about 10:00 pm at West Point. He is buried in Hill Crest Cemetery, Holly Springs, Mississippi next to his spouse. Fred was a Presbyterian. The only advice my father ever gave me about choosing a spouse was: "Don't ever marry a sickly woman." Fred was a honest man, a good husband and father...


Green Ball Paul Edwin PENNEBAKER

aul was born in 1934 in Holly Springs, Mississippi, the only child of Fred Edwin PENNEBAKER and Katie Elizabeth McALEXANDER. They lived in Holly Springs until 1937, when the family moved to West Point, Mississippi. His father was transferred to Tupelo, Mississippi in 1939. They returned to West Point in 1940. Paul entered 1st grade in West Point at George School. The family moved back to Tupelo, MS in 1942 (father transferred) where he went to the third grade. Again the family moved back to West Point in 1943 when WPA was dissolved. He lived in West Point from 1943 through June 1956. The family home at 204 (8) Jefferson Street was purchased by his father in 1946 and sold by Paul in 1994. Paul was active in the Methodist Church and graduated from West Point High School in May 1952. While in junior and high school he earned fourteen sports letters, was the starting catcher on the high school baseball team as an eighth grader, was the starting quarterback as a sophomore, and was also active in high school government. He played semi-pro baseball for several years while in high school and college. His children are David Mitchell (1963- ) and Walter Edwin (1965- ). Pictured left to right is Sue, Walter and Paul. Paul graduated from Mississippi State (College) University in 1956 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Geology. He was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. Sue attended Mississippi State College for Women and graduated from Mississippi State University in 1955 with a Commercial Education Degree. Sue was a Chi Omega Sorority member. She is a DAR and member of the Jamestowne Society, as is Walter. Paul and Sue, high school sweethearts, were married in West Point, Clay County in 1956.

He was employed by Gulf Oil Company on June 15, 1956 at Laurel, Mississippi as a geologist. Starting salary was $440.00 per month. During his geological and management career with Gulf Oil he and his family lived in Laurel, Mississippi; in Louisiana cities of New Orleans, Morgan City, Shreveport, Jefferson Parish, Kenner, Metairie, Houma, Lafayette, and Slidell; and Houston, Texas. Paul was employed by Royal Resources Exploration in Lafayette, Louisiana from February 1969 to August 1970. He returned to Gulf Oil Corporation employment in September 1970 and was promoted to Area Production Geologist-Pierce Junction Area in Houston, Texas in April 1973; promoted to Chief Production Geologist for Gulf Oil Corporation-US in February 1977; and promoted to Production Operations Manager-New Orleans Division in July 1977. Paul and his family moved to Slidell, Louisiana in 1977. From 1980 to 1983 he served as Area Production Manager in East Delta and Central Areas and was transferred to New Orleans Exploration staff in August 1983. He remained with Chevron, after the merger with Gulf in 1984, until he retired in September 1985. His Gulf/Chevron service was 27 years. Paul worked with Independent Geologist A.T.Green for two years on contract with Shell Oil in 1985-1987 and did occasional geological consulting in 1987-1991. Paul was an employee of Century Offshore from May 1991 to their bankruptcy in October 1993 at which time he finally retired.

His notable career achievements are major field studies of Timbalier Bay, Grand Bay, Quarantine Bay, Red Fish Point, Anse La Butte, East Hackberry and other fields for Gulf Oil; delineated numerous drill locations resulting in significant reserve additions to these and other fields in Louisiana (Iowa and Lake Boeuf Fields) and Texas (Thompson and Manvel); named the Lobo Gas Sands and managed the development for this south Texas gas trend; testified as an expert witness before the Louisiana and Texas oil and gas regulatory agencies; was the author of "Vertical Net Sandstone Determination for Sandstone Reservoirs"-AAPG, August 1972; was the first geologist to hold the following positions with Gulf Oil Corporation: Chief Production Geologist-Gulf Oil Corporation-US (1977), Production Operations Manager (1977), and Area Manager (1980); devised computer generated performance indices to gauge Production Area profitability; and managed the East Delta Production Area as the most profitable domestic profit center for Gulf Oil in 1981.

Paul inherited his grandfather's flute, powder horn, and home-tanned leather pouch inscribed with "Norm." All are dated 1860. The powder horn and flute have WP or WPP initials inscribed. Also, Paul inherited Fred's surveying instruments, table saw, and many hand tools.

Paul became a member of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) in 2001 in Slidell, LA, Pierre Georges Rousseau Chapter. His patriot ancestor was Alexander McALEXANDER (1746-1840), his maternal 3rd great-grandfather.


Green Ball Walter Edwin PENNEBAKER

alter, the younger son of Paul Edwin and Sue PENNEBAKER was born June 15, 1965 in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. He was a good kid, a very respectful son and had many friends while living in Lafayette, LA , Houston, TX and Slidell, LA. His adventuresome spirit got him into trouble with his parents on occassion. Walter was active in sports playing basketball and baseball. He graduated from Slidell High School in 1983 and from Louisiana State University in August 1988 with a Finance degree. He first worked for Aetna Insurance in New Orleans, Louisiana and Dallas, Texas then Fremont Insurance and American International Group, Inc. (AIG) in Dallas. He now is an AIG vice-president in Kansas City, KS. Walter married Tammie Kay SESSOMS May 23, 1998 in Richardson, Texas. They met while both were working for Aetna in Dallas. They have two sons, William Paul (b. March 17, 2000) and David Wayne (b. April 27, 2002) both born in Plano, Collin County, Texas. We are proud of him and love him and his family very much.


Note: † Kudzu (<http://www.cptr.ua.edu/kudzu/>) a vine native to Japan and China was planted in the south during the 1930's as a very effective erosion control plant. The vine is difficult to control as the roots are as long as the surface vine. Kudzu grows very fast - as much as a foot per day - and it is said "Southerners just close their windows at night to keep the kudzu out." The plant has been called many things but I think "the vine that ate the South" is very appropiate. Jack Anthony has an informative kudzu site at <http://www.jjanthony.com/kudzu/>.


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