GASTON, ARTHUR GEORGE, 1892-1996

Biography:

Entrepreneur. Born– July 4, 1892, Demopolis. Married–¬†Creola Smith Gaston. Children– One. Education– Study at Tuggle Institute. Laborer at Tennessee Coal, Iron & Steel Co., sold peanuts and loaned money to fellow workers for 25 percent interest. Organizer, with L.A. Smith, of a burial society which grew into insurance company and other enterprises. Originator of a chain of funeral homes, a business college, City Federal Savings and Loan Association; and Gaston Enterprises, a corporation including a motel, cemetery, realty and investment company, mortuary, and other businesses. Honorary degrees from six institutions; sixty awards, and citations and honors from presidents Truman, Johnson, and Nixon.¬† Died January 19, 1996.

Source:

Ebony Success Library, Vol. 2; Who’s Who among Black Americans, 1980-1981.

Publication(s):

Green Power; the Successful Way of A.G. Gaston. Birmingham, Ala.; Southern University Press, 1968.