A century milestone for Stine Lumber founder

World War II veteran combat pilot, and long-time Louisiana businessman and philanthropist, J.W. Stine, celebrated his 100th birthday on July 22, 2018.

When asked to share the secret to living such a long life, J.W. says, “Always be humble and grateful for everything in your life.”

Although J.W. has been retired for over 30 years, he still has an office inside Stine’s corporate office in Sulphur, La.  Three of his sons have also retired from Stine while three remain active in the business.  Seven of his grandchildren are now a part of the business that their grandfather started many years ago.

Stine Lumber Company will host 100th Birthday Celebrations in each of its stores on Saturday, Aug. 4.

Jackson William (J.W.) Stine was born to Sulphur residents, Andrew Stine and Elma Landry Stine, on July 22, 1918 and attended Sulphur High School where he played quarterback for four years. He attended Normal College (today’s Northwestern State University) on a football scholarship. He also loved the sport of boxing and was a Golden Gloves boxer.

J.W. married his high school sweetheart, Doris (Dee Dee) Drost on January 14, 1944, just before he was sent overseas to fight for his country in World War II. They remained married for 67 happy years until her passing in 2011. Together they raised six sons and one daughter.

Captain Stine flew 40 combat missions during WWII.

They are: Richard, Gary, Janie LaCroix, Jay, twins Dennis and David, and Tim.  J.W. has 31 grandchildren and 71 great grandchildren.

“Obviously, Dad touched our lives in more ways than we can count, but he also touched the lives of so many people in our community," says Dennis Stine, CEO of Stine. "We want to share this special 100th birthday celebration with all of our customers and friends as well.”

J.W. and his childhood best friend, J.C. Carlin, opened a construction company in Sulphur after World War II and then a lumber company to supply the construction business, Starlin Lumber. In 1952 J.W. bought out J.C.'s share and changed the name in 1973 to Stine Lumber. All six of his sons joined the company.

Stine Lumber Company has been headquartered in Sulphur for 72 years, and employs approximately 850 associates.  It has 10 locations throughout Louisiana and one location in Natchez, Mississippi with annual sales of over $200 million.

The first 100 people to walk through the front doors at each Stine location on August 4 will receive a free commemorative J.W. Stine 100th Birthday hat.  Those who are not early birds will still have the opportunity to purchase a commemorative hat if they wish, with all proceeds to benefit the VFW.  Stine associates will be grilling hot dogs for customers and serving birthday cake and other refreshments on this day.

“Dad was always so grateful to all of his customers over the years. It is only fitting that we share this milestone with them, and thank them for honoring our dad, and us with their business,” David Stine, VP of marketing and merchandising, added.