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George Pierce Pell.

George Pierce Pell.

George Pierce Pell. Mr. Pell was a lawyer who practiced law in Winston-Salem before he moved to Raleigh.

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  1. I am Judge Pell’s namesake, and great grandson. His daughter, Mary Pell, married my Dad’s father, W.B. Lea, of Danville, VA, who moved to Rocky Mount, NC, and started W.B. Lea Tobacco Co. in 1926.

  2. My father (Sterling Harris)worked for WB Lea in Rocky Mount for approx. 35-40 years….was plant manager; worked Pell & Bruce Lea…..sons of Bruce Sr.; also John Bobbitt & others. My father is still living-age 89.

    I am planning of writing a biograpgy of the Lea company…..please share any info & pictures of the business. A memory; I was about 8 years old and would look forward to going the the Lea house on Tarbor St on Halloween…Mrs. Lea would have a #10 pan full of water….if a trick-or-treater could bite and pull out an apple—-they would get a special bag of goodies.

  3. Hello Jim,

    Pell Lea was my Dad, who passed in ’88. My Mom is still ‘live ‘n kickin’ at almost ’84. I now live in Raleigh. I don’t know who now lives in the old house on Tarboro St., but I found GP Pell’s home in Raleigh that’s on North St. between Blount and Wilmington St’s, directly down from the NC Education Bldg. It’s supposed to be on contract to be completely restored for the Phase II of Blount St Restoration program. In fact, I wanted to donate on loan to them the original portrait that is at the top of this page. It was part of my inheritance. The reason I was going to do it was because it’s so big for my apt it’s like putting the Mona Lisa in my bathroom.

    As for your biography, I’m more than humbled, and honored by even the thought. Fact is, your Dad was one of the most honorable men that ever worked there, and was a HUGE mentor to my brother, Philip, when he worked there. Actually, I’m kinda curious as to why you were interested in GP Pell. Unfortunately, I’m not aware of any pics that we had of the old days; and I would know since it was me, and my other brother, Richard, that sold the business, and building brick by brick. Richard was able to keep enough of the old heart pine to get a nice, big bed, and some other gorgeous pine furniture out of it. I’ve got some tax info, but that wouldn’t be very entertaining to look at.

    That’s about all I can tell you right now.

    Thanks, and God Bless,
    George Lea

  4. good to hear from you…..please respond to my personal e-mail ([email protected])….I have a few pic’s of the Tarboro St home, the empty lot where the plant stood, etc. I collected three bricks that were part of a wall at Lea Tobacco….I will get a lady to professionally print:
    WB Lea Tob Co
    circa 1926……………both my brothers & I worked a summer or two at WB Lea…..I will get a brick to each brother in fond memory of Lea Tobacco & our Dad. Would like a pic copy of the Pell home & of the tax documents…I always pursue copies of any & everything. Stay in touch.

  5. about finished with the bio of your WB Lea….. do you have a pic of him as a younger man…all I can get is from 1950 or so,thanks.

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