FRANKLIN LAFAYETTE WRENN, SR.
Lafayette Wrenn is recognized as one of the outstanding and innovative leaders who helped develop the North Carolina poultry industry and organize the North Carolina Poultry Federation.
He was born in July of 1915 in Siler City, North Carolina, and spent his entire life in that community working primarily with the poultry industry. He attended Mars Hill College in 1933-35 and the University of North Carolina in 1935-37. Lafayette married Doris Lee Ormand and they have two children, Lafayette “Buddy" Wrenn, Jr., who is Vice President of Showell Farms, Inc., Berlin, Maryland, and Christine W. Dycus of Shelby, North Carolina. Lafayette served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II.
Lafayette’s entire career has been related to the poultry industry. He was employed in 1938 by Siler City Mills, an organization that was the first to contract broiler production in North Carolina. He promoted poultry contracting as an efficient method of increasing poultry production and consumption. During his career, he served as President of Chatham Poultry Farms, Inc., and President of Master Hatcheries in Siler City. All of these organizations have made great and lasting contributions to the development of the dynamic poultry industry in North Carolina. The economy and tax base of Chatham County has been enhanced many fold by the leadership of individuals like Lafayette Wrenn.
Mr. Wrenn was one of the original poultrymen who recognized the need for a state wide organization to represent the poultry industry. He was instrumental in helping organize the North Carolina Poultry Federation and served as a member of its first Board of Directors. He moved through the chairs of the Federation and served as the fourth President of the organization in 1971-72. In the early years of the Federation, he was active in fund raising and in the development of legislative programs for the benefit of the industry.
Mr. Lafayette Wrenn is truly one of the leaders in the development of the poultry industry in this state, and the North Carolina Poultry Federation is pleased to recognize him for his many contributions and induct him on this the 20th day of August, 1993, into the prestigious North Carolina Poultry Hall of Fame.