Oliver Delchamps Sr. of supermarket chain dies

Nov. 1, 1987
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MOBILE, Ala. -- Businessman Oliver H. Delchamps Sr., who was vice president of the food market company that bears his name, died Saturday at his home following a lengthy illness. He was 87.

Delchamps, a Mobile native, had served as president of the Delchamps food chain with his brother, the late Alfred F. Delchamps. They founded the chain in November 1921.

There are now 98 food stores in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana with more than 6,500 employees.

Active in various business associations, Delchamps served as a director of the National Association of Food Chains and of the Super Market Institute.

He was recently the recipient of the Salvation Army's 'Others' Award, bestowed on those who give to others.

Delchamps is survived by two sons, Oliver H. Delchamps Jr., chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and John R. 'Randy' Delchamps, both of Mobile; one daughter, Mary Delchamps Reyner of Dothan, Ala., and 10 grandchildren.

Services were set for Monday at noon at Dauphin Way United Methodist Church.

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