About Us

The Legend of Shaw Lumber Company

Paul Whitworth Shaw, founder of the company, was born in Alcolu, SC, the son of David Charles and Lula Alderman Shaw.  "Whit" graduated from Sumter High School in 1916, attended Davidson College, and returned to Alcolu to work in the family lumber business with his father and grandfather, David Wells Alderman, the founder of D.W. Alderman and Sons.  Whit's brother, Ervin, was a pilot killed in action during World War I and is the namesake of Shaw AFB, just west of Sumter.

        In 1930, Whit moved to Sumter and founded Shaw Lumber Company, serving as president until 1983.  Charles Lemmon Shaw, Whit's son, worked summers at the lumber yard during his boyhood.  After graduating from Davidson College and serving in the U.S. Army in World War II, he joined the company as vice president and became president upon his father's death.

     Paul Whitworth "Whit" Shaw II also worked at Shaw Lumber Company during his youth.  After his graduation from McCallie School and Wofford College, he joined his father and grandfather in the business in 1975 where he now serves as President.

      Charles and Whit II take great pride in this 83-year-old company that is part of the three generation Shaw family heritage.  We continue today to uphold the company's reputation built on honesty, hard work, outstanding employees and exemplary customer        service.  In seeking your continued support as we serve Sumter and the surrounding area with all of your building needs, we strive to offer unmatched, personal service and competitive prices.

Three generations of proud leadership.  From left to right:  Charles Lemmon Shaw, Paul Whitworth "Whit"Shaw II (current President), and the founder of Shaw Lumber Company Mr. Paul Whitworth "Whit" Shaw
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