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With the placement of their names on the dedicatory plaque at the Extension Memorial Chapel and their pages of tribute in the Book of Memories, the lives and careers of 26 men and women became a permanent and honored chapter of Extension history March 21. The special ceremony has held in their honor at the W. Gaines Environmental Science Building at the Alabama 4-H and Youth Development Center in Columbiana.

"The memorial service was a wonderful event that created memories for the families of the deceased Extension professionals," said Dr. Gary Lemme, director of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. "I appreciated the opportunity to thank the families for their contributions to ACES."

Those employees honored were Charles C. Baskin, Jackson M. Bolling, Phillip W. Brown, Alex C. Brown, Sr., Myra Brown, Addre Bryant Sr., Marian Cotney, Donald E. Dunn, William S. Gazaway, Laurine L. Howell, James R. Hurst, Inez Yancey Johnson, W.D. (Demp) Jones, Fred W. Kilgore, Jr., George D.H. McMillan, Florence G. Owens, John L. Parrott, Inez Mims Petty, Solonia E. Reynolds, Olenda J. (O.J.) Richardson, Genta S. Speakman, W.L Strain, Elna Tanner, Coleman Y. Ward, Vera Johnson Wilson and Rudy P. Yates, Sr.

"Thank you so much for the program remembering my loved one and the 25 other special people who worked with Extension. It was such a beautiful program and helped bring some closure for me. My Dempsey would have been so proud and pleased," said Ruth Jones, wife of honoree W.D. "Demp" Jones.

The Extension Memorial Chapel at the Alabama 4-H Youth Development Center in Columbiana, and its dedication to the memory of deceased Extension employees, is a project of the Alpha Pi Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi, the Cooperative Extension Professionals' organization. In Alabama, there are 10 Book of Memories, which honor a total of 589 Extension employees. These books are kept at the 4-H Center.

 


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