The Presnell Family Story…

Henry Clay Presnell was born on July 31, 1917 the second oldest of seven children.  His parents, Charlie C. and Margaret (Maggie) Hancock Presnell, raised their large family on a barber’s salary in their modest Seagrove, North Carolina home. Clay served in the army prior to WWII in Honolulu, HI.  After his enlistment, he served as a reservist until he was called back to active duty in February, 1941.  He served at Fort Bragg, North Carolina for three years as a fireman before going overseas.  His thirteen month long tour of duty included France, Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany and Czechoslovakia.  While serving in Europe, he was attached to the 3rd Army 40th Field Artillery group. Once, while Clay was trudging through battlefields in France, he saw a beautiful herd of white cattle.  At that moment he fell in love with Charlois cattle and vowed that if he returned to the States, he would eventually own at least one of the beautiful creatures. Clay returned to his North Carolina home a decorated soldier.  He achieved the rank of Master Sergeant and received an Oak Leaf Cluster and the Bronze Star Medal.  After his honorable discharge, Clay began overseeing the daily operation of a service station and grocery store. In 1949, Clay closed the service station in Seagrove, but he retained the refrigerated meat counter from the grocery store.  This would prove to be a very wise decision Prior to the closing of the grocery store, Ivey Luck, a local entrepreneur opened […]