Walter Williams…Texas Pecan Grower
Dr. George Ray McEachern remembers Texas pecan grower Walter Williams in this Tribute.
Walter Williams and Warren Meadows of Louisiana State University initiated the first modern national pecan marketing projects in Washington, D.C., which helped support all university pecan educational programs. He served as President of the Texas Pecan Growers Association from 1976 to 1978 and the Federated Pecan Growers of America, which unified pecan growers and handlers throughout the U.S. pecan industry.
Texas has the finest county, regional, and state pecan show and grading demonstrations in the United States, and Walter Williams was one of the best pecan show judges in the state. He taught more than one or two pecan specialists and county Extension agents how to grade pecans in these pecan shows. During lunch after the show, Walter would pay the tab and stick a couple of cigars in your pocket, if you liked them or not. The pecan industry, especially Texas, appreciates his significant contributions and will miss their friend and leader, Mr. Walter Williams.
Read Mr. Williams’ full obituary here.