Remembering Robert Beard Drinkard, a True Pecan Man

Robert Beard “Bobby” Drinkard Jr., 65, of Goshen, Alabama died Friday, June 29, 2018 in Birmingham, Alabama. Bobby graduated from Pike County High School in 1971 and was an employee of Whaley Pecan Company for 37 years. Remembering Bobby Drinkard, friend Greg Hamil said,  “You could always count on Bobby to tell you the truth with...

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Remembering a True Pecan Man

Richard Louis Haller of Fort Worth, Texas, aerospace engineer, pecan farmer and loving husband, father and friend, died September 14, 2017 of colon cancer. He was 87. Haller was born February 3, 1930 in San Antonio, Texas. He attended public schools in San Antonio, graduating from Edison High School, where he was on the basketball...

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Raymond Darrell Eikenbary

Raymond Darrell Eikenbary passed away on Sept. 9, 2017. He was born to Grover and Edna Allen Eikenbary on Nov. 2, 1929 in Quay, Oklahoma. He is survived by his special friend, Liz Konigmacher; his former wife, Dolores Guinn, (Harold Guinn); his children, Pam Guenther (Cris Bone), Darrell Eikenbary, Terry Shay, and Dale Eikenbary; his...

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Don Pallet

Don Bailey Pallett, 81, passed away peacefully on Sept. 13, 2017 in Granbury, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was born on Aug. 23, 1936 in Brady, Texas. Preceded in death by his wife, Joanne; Don is survived by his son Michael, daughter-in-law Holly, and granddaughter Hannah Pallett. Don was the retired General...

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Bluefford G. Hancock, 1925 – 2015

Bluefford G. Hancock passed away on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at the age of 90 following a long and successful career in Extension Horticulture at Texas A&M University at College Station. He was raised on a dairy farm in Erath County and served in the U.S. Army during WWII in Hawaii where he advanced to...

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Louisiana loses stalwart pecan supporter Meadows

The Louisiana pecan industry lost a great friend, a mentor, a leader and “prime mover” with the recent passing of Dr. Warren Meadows, according to pecan grower Ben Littlepage. Meadows’ contributions to the pecan industry in the state were huge, Littlepage said, particularly with regard to the Pecan Research Station near Shreveport. Meadows took the...

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Orchard renovation: Thurman Gibson

Forty years ago, when I was just a young new horticulturist with Texas A&M, I received a phone call from Glenn Huddleston, Anderson County Extension Agent, asking if I would help him and a grower decide what to do with a 60-year-old orchard that had not been managed for over 20 years. The answer was...

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Portrait of USDA entomologist Walker Louis Tedders

USDA’s Louis Tedders passes away July 6

Well known USDA entomologist Walker Louis Tedders, 78, passed away on July 6, 2013, at Heart of Georgia Hospice Inpatient Care after an extended illness. Funeral Services were held July 8 at Perry United Methodist Church, Perry, Georgia. Louis Tedders was born in Albany, Georgia, to the late Walker Louis Tedders Sr. and Thelma Wallace...

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Sara Hines, former head of SEPGA, passes away

Sara Virginia Hines, former executive secretary of the Southeastern Pecan Growers Association, passed away on Nov. 11, 2011 just a few months before she would have been 100 years old. Mrs. Hines was well known within the pecan industry for her energetic and gracious leadership. Her son, Chesley Hines Jr., provided the following obituary, which...

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North Carolina Loses Pecan Leader Bill Bunn

The North Carolina pecan industry has lost a devoted and enthusiastic leader, Bill Bunn, who passed away on Sept. 30. He was 76 years old. Billy Rogers “Bill” Bunn was a founding member and the only president the North Carolina Pecan Growers Association ever had “because of his excellent and relentless efforts on behalf of...

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Pecan Industry Loses Georgia’s Bud Lucke

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Marion Wilkerson “Bud” Luckey Jr. passed away Dec. 6, 2010 at University Hospital in Augusta. He was born Feb. 13, 1944. Bud Luckey was well known throughout the pecan industry. He began working in the pecan industry as a teenager at Tracy-Luckey Co. of Harlem, Georgia. During his career as a “pecan...

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Remembering Dr. Benton Storey

When I was hired as a soil scientist/water management research scientist at the A&M Center at El Paso almost 30 years ago, cotton was the king. To my surprise, a horticulturist at College Station, who turned out to be Dr. Benton Storey, invited me to attend the Texas Pecan Growers Annual Conference. At the time,...

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A Final Conversation With Dr. Storey

In May 1967, Dr. J. Benton Storey launched The Pecan Quarterly magazine on behalf of the Texas Pecan Growers Association. TPGA later also purchased Pecan South magazine, which was being published in Georgia, in 1984 and combined the 2 national magazines into one industry-wide publication. The first issue of Pecan Quarterly is pictured here, featuring...

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The Passing of a Legend: Dr. J. Benton Storey

All involved in the pecan industry are well aware of the work of Dr. James Benton Storey as he was not only a distinguished and internationally recognized Professor of Horticulture and taught the Nut Culture class, Hort 418, at Texas A&M, but also was the heart and soul of the Texas Pecan Growers Association. His...

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