Great Grandfather: Mack Lee Gordy, Sr. B: Sep 21, 1917 D: Jun 12, 1992
Mack L. Gordy Seniorís middle name came from his grandfather on his motherís side. Cicero Lee Pierce was the father of Ollie Elizabeth Pierce Gordy, Mack Seniorís mother.
Mack L. Gordy, Sr. was 14 years old when his mother, Ollie, died. Ollie died of cancer and it is reported that the treatment she took was a glass of ox blood every day until she died. There was a farmer that brought the blood to the house every morning.
High Point, NC Newspaper Article
Goins-Gordy Marriage Solemnized October 15 Announced Here Today
Of interest to a wide circle of friends is the marriage of Miss Mary Beulah Goins to Mack Lee Gordy, both of High Point which was soleminized Saturday, October 15, at the south Main Street parsonage. The Rev. N. C. Williams officiated and the only attendants were Miss Doris Lee Wright and Junior Stutts.
The bride wore royal blue velvet with wine accessories and her flowers were pink rosebuds in a shoulder corsage. She is the youngest daughter of Mr and Mrs. T. E. Goins of 1502 King Street. Mr Gordy is the son of Paul H. Gordy and the late Mrs. Ollie Gordy. Both he and his bride were educated in the city schools, from which he graduated in '34. He is now connected with the Thomasville Chair Company.
The couple left after the ceremony for a wedding trip to Asheville and other points west and will make their home here with the bride's parents.
Mack L. Gordy, Sr. worked at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Va from 1941 to the end of the war in 1945.
Mack Sr. & Beulah returned to High Point, NC in 1945. Mack Daniel Gordy had given them a piece of property in Archdale, NC as a wedding gift when they married. Mack Daniel Gordy, told his grandson, Mack Sr., to find a home in High Point and he would buy it. They traded the property in Archdale, NC for the home he purchased on the corner of Forest Avenue and Dayton Street in High Point, NC.
Mack L. Gordy, Sr. worked in the pattern shop in the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, VA. He would go to the damaged ships and measure the damaged parts and lay out a pattern for the new replacement sheet metal parts. In 1945 he returned to High Point, NC and went to work for Carolina Blower Co. in Greensboro, NC as shop foreman and was promoted to salesman with in two months. Mack L. Gordy, Sr. and Edward S. Schenk, Secretary of company, purchased the business after the death of the owner, Samuel B. Tye, and changed the name to Carolina Blower Co. Inc. They changed the name to Carolina Blower Corp. in 1964 when they built a new plant located on Pinecroft Road in Greensboro, NC. In 1983 Mack L. Gordy Seniorís sons, Mack L. Gordy, Jr. and T. Harold Gordy, purchased the stock of Edward S. Schenk when he retired.
In 2016 the house and garage were torn down. Only thing left was the rock driveway.
George Goins and Mack Gordy, Sr. purchased a set of plans from a magazine and built this boat in the basement of George Goins' home on Red Wine Drive in Lexington, NC. Yes, they had to tear the door and framework out to get the boat out of the basement. They purchased an old axle and tires from a junk yard and built a trailer. The boat and trailer were kept in one of George's garage at his home. On one of the trips to Lexington to work on the boat, Mack Gordy Sr. & Jr., and George & Bobby Goins went downtown to see Adolph Hitler's Mercedes that was on display in a tractor trailer that was touring around the United States.
The steel for this building came from the Alcoa Plant located on Badin Lake in NC. Alcoa built a new building and tore the old building down. The steel from this building was purhcased from Alcoa for scrap price at three cents a pound in late 1962. It was reworked at the Morehead Avenue building during 1963 and used to erect the new building of Carolina Blower Corp. in early 1964.
Mack L. Gordy, Sr. was a charter member and Past Master of Gate City Lodge No. 694 in Greensboro, NC. He was a 33rd Degree Scottish Rite Mason.
Updated 10 Mar 17