Underwood Printing was started in 1968 by Oliver Underwood. The business continues to serve the local community and most of Baldwin County.

As a young man Oliver started working at the former Carson Printing and Office Supply Company on Highway 59 in Foley and worked his way up in the printing business.  In the mid 60’s he bought the printing side of the business and moved it to Laurel Ave at the present location of the Foley CVB.  He later expanded into the space next door and added an office supply section.  The business grew and prospered and in time moved under one roof at 910 North McKenzie Street in Foley.

Ollie, or Big “O” as his friends called him, served as a ball coach for Foley Sports and a Cub Scout leader for Cub Pack 77.  Ollie was an outstanding member of the Foley-Gulf Shores Jaycees, supporting every project with his time and talent. This included the Speckled Trout Rodeo, Baldwin County Junior Miss Pageant, Honey Sunday, and so many more

The last line of the Jaycee Creed says, “Service to humanity is the best work of life”, Ollie lived that creed in his family, his church and his community.  It would be impossible to count the number of raffle tickets, posters, flyers he did at no cost, to support the entire community, no matter the creed or color of the individual asking.  If he couldn’t give the whole job to you, he would discount it to the point you could afford it.

In business, Ollie kept up with the times and was not afraid to try anything; he printed the local telephone books, cook books, any type of brochure, also stationary, envelopes and office materials for most every business in the South Baldwin area. Ollie believed in his community and invested in it. He added commercial building space to his printing and office supply location.

Ollie and his wife Essie partnered with their son Scott and moved from the age of the linotype and handset type, to the age of color, high speed presses and computer generated graphics with ease, and were always on the cutting edge of the printing business world. This was done with never forgetting their roots, their friends and the community.

As Ollie was moving toward retirement the Kiwanis Club of Foley, which had been a recipient of Ollie’s goodwill, chose to honor Ollie and Essie as the Grand Marshals of the 2005 Kiwanis Club Christmas Parade.  This is the equivalent of the Kiwanis Club selecting a Man and Woman of the Year.

Scott will carry on the family business in the same tradition started by his father many years ago.

Oliver Underwood

In memory of
Oliver Underwood
August 19th, 1940 – February 9th, 2008

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