Paul Wesley Pigue, Jr.
Paul Wesley Pigue, Jr. Paul passed away peacefully on Sunday, the 26th of September 2021, surrounded by his family. We are grateful for his long, happy, and productive life and his quick passing. He will be missed.
He was born to Paul W. Pigue, Sr. and Raye Coffman Pigue, in Pittsburgh, PA. He grew up in Tennessee and Houston; graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School, Class of 1948; and University of Texas, Class of 1952.
After graduating with Petroleum Engineering and Business degrees, he began his career with Humble Oil which took him to Beaumont where he met Ann Gray, to whom he was married for 66 years.
He left Humble to work for Cooper Bessemer in their CB Southern division where he had the idea to build a company around contract compression of natural gas. When CB Southern declined to pursue the idea, he left and founded Production Operators Inc. along with Stewart Campbell and Walter Brooks which became the first company of its kind.
Paul went on to found Chilton Oil Co with David Weaver, Presco Systems Inc. and XL Systems Inc. with Marvin Odum, WA Taylor, and John Preston. He was also a founding partner in PICA Investment Venture with Hugh Clubb, Jim Austin, and Reggie Iles in the early 1970’s which continues to this day.
He was a man who valued much more the act of accomplishing rather than the fruits of those accomplishments. He loved tennis and played happily through his 91st year at River Oaks Country Club. He played a number of senior tournaments until he could no longer find opponents in his age division.
Paul was devoted to his family, the bedrock of which was his 66 year marriage to Ann Gray Pigue. They were blessed to have many happy years together. She, along with his son, John Preston were by his side as he gently slipped away on Sunday.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Richard Pigue and his sister, Virginia Pigue Calloway. He is survived by his wife, Ann Gray Pigue, his son, John P. Preston, John’s wife, Maria Isabel Lopez Preston, his grandson, Paul J. Preston, his sister, Libby Pigue Alexander, as well as many nieces, nephews, and friends.
A memorial service in honor of the life of Paul Wesley Pigue is to be conducted at two o’clock in the afternoon on Friday, the 8th of October, in the Jasek Chapel of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston.
Immediately following, all are invited to greet the family during a reception to be held in the adjacent grand foyer.
In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests with gratitude that memorial contributions in Mr. Pigue’s name be directed to the Maximum Impact Fund at GiveWell, 1714 Franklin Street #100335, Oakland, CA 94612 (www.givewell.org) or to the charity of one’s choice.
Please visit Mr. Pigue’s online memorial tribute at GeoHLewis.com where memories and words of comfort and condolence may be shared electronically with his family.
Published by Houston Chronicle on Oct. 3, 2021.