Anthony "Tony" Rane
Bronze Bust Statue
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Custom Bronze bust
Sculpted By Stan Watts
Anthony J. "Tony" Rane bronze
Inscription on the plaque on the walnut
pedestal of the bronze bust:
"Itís okay to give outÖ but never,
ever give up!"
Anthony J. "Tony" Rane, the son of
Italian immigrants, was an entrepreneur from Abbeville, Alabama, who
fully embodied the American Dream. During his diverse career, he owned
several businesses, including restaurants, retail stores and Holiday Day
Inn franchises. Rane was also an active presence in civic, industry and
tourism organizations. He served as the first president of the Abbeville
Chamber of Commerce in 1953 and was known for his commitment to economic
Born and reared in Madison, Wisconsin, Rane served
his country in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, and he was
among the first 50 troops sent to establish the base at Fort Rucker,
Alabama. It was there that he met his future wife, Elizabeth "Libba"
Mills of Abbeville. They had two sons, Jimmy and Greg Rane.
Through their fatherís example as an astute businessman, the Ranes would
lead the team that grew Great Southern Wood Preserving from a backyard
treating plant with sales of $22,000 into the largest producer of
pressure treated pine in the world. The story of Great Southern is
inseparable from the life and work of Anthony J. Rane, and he continues
to serve as our inspiration.