Funeral Services Set for Richard Acree

Funeral services are set for Acree Oil Company President Richard Acree.

Acree died Sunday at his home at the age of 86.

Services will take place at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church in Toccoa.

Besides serving as President at Acree Oil, Acree also owned the convenience store chain Hasty Mart of Georgia and Hasty Mart of South Carolina. He also founded Northeast Waste Control, Inc. in the early 1970s, later selling it to Waste Management.

Acree was also very active in the community.

He served on the Board of Directors and as President of the Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce, as well as on the state’s Board of Industry and Trade under Governors Lester Maddox and Jimmy Carter. Along with that, he served on the Jekyll Island Authority after being appointed by Governor Zell Miller.

Acree was still an active member of the Georgia Oilmen’s Association and had previously served as the group’s president.

In addition, Acree also previously served in the Georgia Army National Guard for 26 years, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel and having served as a commanding officer of the Toccoa unit, during which time the unit received many honors for outstanding performance.

Acree and his wife have also made numerous donations to the University of Georgia and its Terry College of Business.

He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge 309, Shriner, and American Legion Post 104.