Sadly we had to say goodbye to another longtime friend of the Jefferson County Fair this year. Buddy was elected to the Board a total of 19 years from 1971-74, 76-90. He was one of the group that made the move from the Race Track to the new Fairgrounds and with that group of dedicated individuals built the foundation of what we now know as the Jefferson County Fair. He was instrumental in getting the Farm Bureau to fund two of the livestock barns when he on that Board. Buddy was indeed part of that visionary group that had a dream for a Fairgrounds and set the mechanism in place to not only make it a reality but to make it flourish and grow.
Buddy was a quiet man, a man of few words you might say, who was raised on a farm across from the fairgrounds and raised his family on the farm next to the fairgrounds. If you were fortunate enough to know him and his family you know how dedicated he and his wife, Sally, were to the rural way of life and to raising young folks with proper values to become good members of the community. Buddy showed cattle in 4-H and FFA and involved his children in those organizations as they grew up. His devotion to family and youth organizations was obvious and the pleasure he took in relating his own experiences at the Fair in his youth was an inspiration to all.
At the Fair Buddy clerked the livestock sale with Clark Furr in the first years, 1969-72, when it was called the “Special Sale”. Buddy and Sally clerked the subsequent “4-H and FFA Livestock Sale” from 1973-2008 until handing the job to their son, Wes. It’s probably fair to estimate that well over a million dollars of money passed through that sale during those years and back into the hands of 4-H and FFA exhibitors. This quiet man and his wife working behind the scenes often delivered the sale figures to the office before breakfast the next morning. We’re talking about the days before computers and spreadsheets, all done as dedicated volunteers. This is the legacy that Buddy leaves us, the importance of picking your job, doing it well and giving back to your community.
I grew up on Leetown Road with Buddy and his extended family. It was in the days before television and computers became the center of our social lives. In those days everyone knew their neighbor and helped their neighbor. In his own way Buddy conveyed that to the next generation. What an accomplishment.