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Aflac Co-founder Paul S. Amos Passes Away

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Aflac co-founder Paul Amos, known amongst his friends as "Mr. Paul," died late Wednesday. Aflac co-founder Paul Amos, known amongst his friends as "Mr. Paul," died late Wednesday.
COLUMBUS, Ga. -

Paul S. Amos, who with his two brothers founded Aflac Incorporated nearly six decades ago, passed away late Wednesday night after a lengthy illness, the company announced Thursday morning. He was 88 years old.

Amos, who continued to make daily visits to Aflac’s offices in Columbus and served as Chairman Emeritus, was beloved by the insurer’s more than 8,000 employees and 185,000 agents worldwide, the company says in a news release. He was known affectionately throughout the company as “Mr. Paul.”

Amos was raised in Enterprise, Ala. and Milton, Fla. He and his wife, the former Jean Roberts, met in church when she was just 17 years old and celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in October of last year. The couple’s only child, Daniel P. Amos, is Aflac’s current chairman and CEO.

During his long tenure at Aflac, Mr. Amos held numerous positions, both at corporate headquarters and as a hands-on member of the sales force. He served as state sales manager for Alabama/West Florida, first vice president/director of marketing, president, vice chairman and chairman. Although he retired in 2001, he remained a familiar figure at Aflac and loved to be among the employees and sales team members who continued the company’s legacy.

Aflac says one of Amos' greatest contributions was introducing the concept of “worksite marketing,” in which products are sold directly to employees at companies through payroll deductions. Today, policies sold at worksites throughout the nation account for 97 percent of Aflac U.S. sales.

“My father was a consummate businessman who led with compassion and dignity,” Dan Amos said in a statement released to WRBL News 3. “He was a straight-shooter who believed in the simple tenets of honesty and integrity. He was a gentleman, as well as a gentle man.”

The Amos brothers founded Aflac in 1955 and, in its first year of business, the company had 6,426 policyholders and $388,000 in assets. Today, it is a Fortune 500 company with more than $121 billion in assets and insures more than 50 million people worldwide.

In addition to helping build the world’s largest supplemental insurance company, Amos established a quiet history of philanthropy and community service. Through anonymous donations and the endowment of educational funds and scholarship programs, he and Jean touched thousands of lives with major financial commitments.

Their efforts included the Paul and Jean Amos Educational Fund at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Ky.; the Paul S. Amos Family Foundation at Columbus State University in Columbus, Ga.; the Scholarship Fund at Cumberland College in Williamsburg, Ky.; and many unheralded contributions to those in need.

Amos received an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from Cumberland College in May 2001. Columbus State University honored him with an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree in May 2002. In 2004, Amos received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Asbury Theological Seminary.

Amos is survived by his wife, Jean; their son Daniel P. Amos and his wife Kathelen; two grandchildren, Lauren Amos and her husband Tyler Clayton, and Paul S. Amos II and his wife, Courtney; and four great-grandchildren, Dan Amos, Mansell Amos, Knox Amos and Eden Amos.

Funeral services will be held at St. Luke United Methodist Church in Columbus at 3p et on Saturday, July 5th. It will be preceded by public visitation beginning at 2p et at the St. Luke United Methodist Church Ministry Center. There will be a private burial service following the funeral. In lieu of flowers, however, the family asks that contributions in his memory be made to the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorder Center in Atlanta or St. Luke United Methodist Church in Columbus.

James Brierton

James joined WRBL News 3 with experience from CNN, NBC News and his own hyper-local news site. He manages the WRBL News 3 Web desk. More>>

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