Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Florida 4-H official announcement of the death of former livestock club leader and 2011 Hall of Fame inductee Mr. Bernard Lewis

Bernard Lewis, 91 passed away Sunday, March 13, 2016. 

Mr. Lewis was born in Woodville and spent remaining years in Quincy as a cattleman. Retired from U.S. Postal Service, retired Treasurer of Talquin Electric Cooperation Board, and was an Army Veteran of WW II and a member and former Deacon of Thomas Memorial Baptist Church where he was one of the first to give so the church could begin a full time childcare program.

Mr. Lewis served as 4-H Livestock Club leader for over four decades and transported countless kids and horses to 4-H Camp Timpoochee’s Horsemanship Schools.  Mr. Lewis routinely held fish fries for youth attending area 4-H Horsemanship Schools and donated horses to be auctioned off in support of youth and their fundraising efforts.

In 2011 Mr. Lewis was inducted into the Florida 4-H Hall of Fame.

Contributions may be made to; Clark-Lewis-Moore Youth Livestock Scholarship Fund, c/o Gadsden Co. Extension Office, 2140 W. Jefferson St., Quincy, FL 32351. Independent Funeral Home (850-875-1529) is handling arrangements. 

- Read more about Mr. Lewis' life and dedication to 4-H 

Friday, March 4, 2016

Florida 4-H official announcement of the death of long time supporter and Hall of Fame inductee Dr. Bobby Damron

Emeritus Professor Dr. Bobby Damron, a poultry science faculty member in the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Florida from 1968-2003, and a 2015 Florida 4-H Hall of Fame Inductee, died Tuesday, March 2nd, 2016. 

As a teen, Dr. Damron participated in the State 4-H Poultry Judging Contests, attended National 4-H Club Congress in Chicago, and completed projects in dairy, gardening, tractors, poultry, leadership, agriculture, swine, and field crops. The unique 4-H experiences did not end for Dr. Damron when he graduated from high school.

Participating in UF Collegiate 4-H Weekends at 4-H Camp Cherry Lake and working at 4-H Camp Cloverleaf helped Dr. Damron stay involved with 4-H. He also met his wife, Vera, while working at 4-H Camp.  After college, Dr. Damron volunteered to help 4-H and FFA teams learn poultry science and prepare for judging contests.

On March 6th, there will be a viewing at Kanapaha Presbyterian Church in Gainesville, FL.  In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to the Florida 4H Club Foundation, PO Box 110225, Gainesville, FL 32611.  Please visit his memorial page at http://www.funeralhome.com/