LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Three East Texas men were added to the Angelina County Chamber of Commerce Business Hall of Fame today. The recognition ceremony honored them for their tremendous work efforts in enhancing the growth, development, and history of East Texas.
The families of the newest inductees told East Texas News told East Texas News why they are so grateful for their loved ones' lasting legacy. These three iconic men were tireless workers who devoted their time to their business and the Lufkin community.
"He would be extremely honored to be in the company of all these men," Curtis W. Fenley Jr., the son of Curtis Fenley Sr., said. "He knew most of them. Thought highly of them all."
Thursday, Curtis Fenley Sr., John Perry Sr., and John Redditt were all honored for playing significant roles in the industrial, manufacturing, and transportation growth in Angelina County.
They are the newest inductees into the Angelina County of Commerce Business Hall of Fame.
Perry, Fenley, and Redditt each brought successful businesses to the Lufkin and Angelina County area, and it's something their families will forever be proud of.
"He was absolutely what we should all aspire to be in our lives," Dave Redditt Henderson, the grandson of John Redditt, said. "He was a man of integrity and inspired all of us to be better and do better. He had an absolutely wonderful life. I think people that really knew him had better in their life for having known him."
John Redditt was a successful businessman who was credited for helping upgrade Texas highways and improving the Forestry Service.
For many years, Curtis Fenley Sr. was a dedicated attorney for Angelina County and the state.
"He worked very hard. Don't mean he had a lot of business but he worked very hard; and his route to the law school was very difficult," Curtis W. Fenley Jr. said. "I got angry with him sometimes when a child and as I was practicing law with him, but always honored him cause he was always right."
John Perry Sr. was active in business and civic affairs in Lufkin. Perry Brothers, Inc. The store grew into one of Texas' largest regional store chains throughout Texas and Louisiana.
These East Texas men have passed on, but their legacy will always be remembered by the community.