By all accounts David Anderson of Three Oaks Farm has lived “a wonderful life.” Growing up around the expanse of dairy farms and ranchland of Hopkins County, Texas, David was raised with an appreciation for the values of small town, rural America. Hopkins County was named after David’s Great-Great Grandfather, David Hopkins, who settled the area around 1840.
“When I was just a young boy on the farm, I would look up in amazement at the contrails from airplanes leaving their trails in the sky. I couldn’t have been more than seven years old when I began dreaming about flying airplanes.” It would become his lifetime passion. “Looking back, I can’t tell you how important it was for me to have a goal, to see the future I wanted and dreamed of at such a young age. It gave me focus, and kept me on ‘the straight and narrow,’ he says. “I was able to see the life I wanted and my focus was on how to get there. I would never let myself be distracted from the ultimate goal.”
After graduating high school in 1967, David applied for and received an Air Force ROTC Scholarship to Texas Christian University. He served 20 years in the U.S. Air Force, nine years on active duty, including time as a B-52 Bomber Pilot during the Vietnam War and 11 years in the U.S. Air force Reserves, serving as an instructor pilot during Operation Desert Shield, which was the buildup to the first Gulf war in 1992. During his reserve duty, David also flew commercially for Federal Express, retiring in 2014.
After living and raising his family in Memphis, David moved to Destin in 2000. “After traveling around the world, the beaches of Destin and the Emerald Coast are the most beautiful in the world, they just kept drawing me back. I have been so blessed,” he says. After fulfilling my boyhood dream and then settling in the most beautiful place on earth, I always felt like the luckiest man in the world!”
As the economic downturn of the late 2000’s hit, David was looking for a safe investment. He found a beautiful 32-acre property in Holmes County boasting a 22-acre hay and grazing field, with a series of pecan trees interspersed throughout. David lovingly named it Three Oaks Farm. “As you drive onto the property you are confronted by three beautiful oaks, he says. “Everytime I see those huge, unmovable oaks, I think Father, Son and Holy Spirit,” he says. “The only sure foundation.”
The grazing field is leased to a local farmer and the hay is harvested twice per year and sold on the open market. A homestead is planned to overlook the farm and a portion of the property is set aside to grow his Three Oaks Container business. During Hurricane Michael, Three Oaks Container was able to provide immediate airtight storage to many affected by the hurricane. Common uses for shipping containers are storage, shelter and even custom housing. “The containers come directly from the nation’s seaports, and because they are seaworthy, will withstand high winds, storms and disasters common along the Gulf Coast.
Although Three Oaks Farm was established for its “profit potential,” it has become much more for this country boy from Hopkins County. “I grew up as a man of Faith, and in many ways I’ve lived a very charmed life, having a 47-year-old career doing exactly what I dreamed about as a child. But this farm, in many ways, has brought me back to my roots. It’s my sanctuary, my peaceful, ever-present strength in time of need. To God be the Glory.”
If you or someone you know is looking for airtight storage for your property or perhaps interested in a truly unique “custom home,” give David a call at 850-502-1979 or
visit www.threeoakscontainers.com to learn more.
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