Printed in Daily Herald, Biloxi, on 12/20/1921:
"HENRY PIAGGIO ANSWERS SUMMONS"
"Henry Piaggio, one of the prominent business men of the Coast, died at his home in Mississippi City last night at 10 o'clock after a lingering illness of about three months. G. O. Carlovitz of Gulfport, a life-long friend, was at his bedside when the end came. Mr. Piaggio had been ailing since last April and had been taking treatments both from specialists and from local physicians. Mr. Piaggio was born in Genoa, Italy, March 17th, 1874, and came to the United States when a boy. His father engaged in the saw mill business and later in the lumber exporting business in Pensacola, Fla., and the son was trained in this work which he followed afterward. He was a Spanish War veteran, having gone into the service from Pensacola, Fla. Later he came to Gulfport and opened a lumber exporting office under the name of Henry Piaggio and Company. Visiting Italy about this time he became interested in building ships for the Italian Government and finally organized the International Ship Building Company which was located at Pascagoula. He was also president of another company known as the Marine Commerce Corporation. Pevious to his illness he was engaged in exporting lumber under the name of the Henry Piaggio Exporting Company, with offices at Gulfport. During all this time he maintained offices in Gulfport. He loved the Coast and built a magnificent home on the beach in Mississippi City making it a veritable Italian villa. The wife, two sisters and a mother remain to mourn his loss. The mother and one sister live in Genoa, Italy, and the other sister, Mrs. John Ryan, lives in Mobile, Ala. The funeral services will be held at the familiy residence on the beach in Mississippi City tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock. Burial will be made at Evergreen Cemetery, it being his desire to be laid to rest on the coast that he loved so well. Mr. Piaggio was a generous hearted man and gave to ever charitable movement. He had an engaging personality and made friends readily. His passing will be regretted by the entire Coast. The active pall bearers will be Mr. Staples of Mobile, A. F. Dantzler, Chas. Patterson, Col R. B. McGehee, Mr. Holcombe, Col. J. W. Apperson, Judge Geo. S. Dodds. Honorary pall bearers are Dr. E. H. Linfield, G. O. Carlovitz, Judge W. A. White, F. F. Cottrell, Hanun Gardner, Geo. P. Money, W. H. Bouslog, Admiral Reynolds, Geo. M. Poole, R. L. Simpson, F. W. Gleason, J. W. Somerville, J. R. Pratt, Mr. Christy, Mr. Jordan, C. A. Simpson, Mr. Mitchell of Lyman, M. G. McNair, Mr. Davis, R. C. Cullinane, Peter Bugna, J. F. Stuard, G. B. Dantzler, A. G. Osoinach, Dr. Chas. LeBaron, D. C. A. Sheely, Dr. E. C. Parker, Geo. M. Foote."
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