|Birth: ||Jan. 14, 1915|
|Death: ||Jan. 7, 2010|
A prominent businessman and pioneer in the oil and gas business, Edwin Boyd Alderson, Sr., known as "Boyd", died peacefully in El Dorado at 94 years of age. The son of Margaret Estelle Lacy Alderson and her husband, Walter Alexis Alderson, he was born at the old Alderson home place on what is now known as Parnell Road west of El Dorado.
He was a direct descendant of early settlers and pioneers of Union County: the Lacy, Eldridge, Alderson, Van Hook and Pendleton families.
His life mirrored the growth of the oil and gas industry and it started at a very early age. On January 10, 1921, a few days short of his 6th birthday, Boyd and his parents witnessed the Busey well come in. At around four o'clock the drill bit reached 2,223 feet; the ground shook violently and oil spurted 500 feet into the air. Young Boyd was unaware of it but his future wife, Jewell Sample Murphy was also present.
As a teenager Boyd worked part time in the oil fields. Throughout his life he was a tireless worker with immense physical stamina. His first job in the oil industry as an adult was at Lion Refinery where he worked in many capacities. Some time later his father-in-law, Oscar Gammye Murphy, who was President of Marine Oil Company approached Boyd about his working for the company. Boyd said that he would be happy to work there as long as he was treated as a regular employee and not as the President's son-in-law. "That's the way I want it," O. G. replied. Boyd ended up as President of Marine Oil for a brief period before it merged into Murphy Oil Corporation.
Boyd then became an independent oil producer and engaged in many other business pursuits. He was one of the founders of Arkansas Lightweight Aggregate Corporation and also of Jet Asphalt & Rock Co., Inc. and was very accomplished as an oil producer and as an investor. He generously donated to and provided leadership for many religious and charitable causes. He was a leader in First Baptist Church and served as Chairman of the Board of Deacons. He showed strong and courageous leadership in helping guide and inspire the congregation to accepting all persons into the church regardless of race. First Baptist now proudly has many black members.
In 1969 Boyd was appointed to the Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission. He would serve 28 years, the last 16 as Chairman. He served under six governors: Winthrop Rockefeller, Dale Bumpers, David Pryor, Bill Clinton, Frank White and Jim Guy Tucker. He was offered the chairmanship of the Interstate Oil and Gas Commission but he declined because of his advancing age. When he retired from the Commission, then President Clinton sent him a personal letter of congratulations.
His parents and a son, Alan Keith Alderson, predeceased him. He is survived by his wife of 74 years, Jewell Sample Murphy Alderson, a son, Edwin Boyd Alderson, Jr., grandchildren Alan Keith Alderson, Jr., Kevin Lane Alderson, Kenneth Shane Alderson, Edwin Boyd Alderson, III, Mary Tracy Alderson Fort and great-grandchildren,Jewell Murphy Fort David Eric Fort, Jr., John Hudson Fort, Alexandria Jewel Alderson, Caroline Elaine Alderson, Kenneth Luke Alderson, Benjamin Shane Alderson, William Alexis Alderson, Lane Elizabeth Alderson.
Walter Alexis Alderson (1879 - 1967)
Margaret Estelle Lacy Alderson (1883 - 1974)
Jewell Sample Murphy Alderson (1915 - 2012)
Infant Son Alderson (1938 - 1938)*
Estelle Alderson Hooten (1909 - 1991)*
Hugh V Alderson (1913 - 1952)*
Edwin Boyd Alderson (1915 - 2010)
Walter Earle Alderson (1921 - 1987)*
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Record added: Sep 23, 2006
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