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John W. (Jake) Renfroe, Jr. Obituary

From the Renfroe Family John W. (Jake) Renfroe, Jr. passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, October 21, and we know he awoke in heaven to find his Daddy and Mother, two sisters Joyce and Gail, and brother Frank, whom he loved so much and had gone before him. Born on December 19, 1931, Jake...

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In Memory of Wiley H. Hatcher

Mr. Hatcher was a pecan farmer and beloved longtime member of the Texas Pecan Growers Association. Throughout his time in the industry, he was known for his contributions to pecan research and Extension at Texas A&M. From the Hatcher Family It is with great sadness that we announce our father, Wiley H. Hatcher, passed away...

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Sammie Singh, Sr. in June 1978.

In Memory of Sammie Singh Sr.

In loving memory of SAMMIE QUESADA SINGH, SR., he was a caring father, grandfather, uncle, friend, and mentor, who rejoined our heavenly father on Friday, July 7, 2023, while at home surrounded by his family. Sammie lived a beautiful and fulfilling 91 years of life. Orphaned at only 16 years of age, life presented its...

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Remembering Marie Cox Storey

Marie Cox Storey, mother to Mark Storey and Lisa (Storey) Olivieri, passed away on March 3, 2023, after a long battle with severe dementia. Her final moments were spent peacefully at Crestview Memory Unit in Bryan, Texas, surrounded by family and close friends. Known for her love of others, her community, and her beautiful grandchildren,...

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In Memory of Maryann Allen

On February 18, 2023, Maryann Allen gained her wings and went to walk with angels. She is preceded in death by her husband, Alfred W. Allen. She is survived by three children, Patricia Cales (husband Chris Ceparano), Robert Mingoia (Candy Rivera), and Kevin Mingoia, three grandchildren Jessica (Braden), Ryan (Chelsey), and Brent, as well as...

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Carl Bissett wears a white cowboy hat and a red polka-dot button down with a brown blazer. He gives a big smile toward the camera.

Remembering Carl James Bissett

“We are heartbroken to share the news of Carl Bissett’s passing,” Blair Krebs, Publisher of Pecan South, writes. “Carl was a constant presence in the pecan industry, leading Bissett Specialty Equipment and generously sharing his time with many of the families involved. I was lucky to have known Carl for my entire career, and among...

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In Memory of Donald Paul Mayo, owner of OMC

Donald “Don” Paul Mayo, 78, of Live Oak, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Aug. 26, 2022. Don was born Feb. 16, 1944, in El Cajon, California, to Herb and Irene Mayo. Don was living a full life—traveling and enjoying business, family, and his hobbies. He was scheduled for a procedure to replace...

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A man, Walter Williams, stands next to tall and mature pecan tree during winter. The tree has multiple lines in different colors painted in rows up its thick trunk.

Walter Williams…Texas Pecan Grower

Walter Williams was a pioneer and national leader in the U.S. pecan industry; he passed away on March 24, 2022. Walter and Velmalene, his wife, owned and operated 325 acres of improved and native pecans on the lower Guadalupe River at their home in Concrete, Texas. Walter was an avid student of pecan growing and...

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Statement from FICO CEO Dick Walden regarding the passing of Bruce Caris, former Farmers Investment Co/Green Valley Pecan President and COO.

SAHUARITA, Ariz.—Below is a statement from Dick Walden concerning the passing of Bruce  Caris, former FICO/Green Valley Pecan President and Chief Operating Officer. Recently, surrounded by his family, we lost a leader in the pecan industry and one of the finest people I know—Bruce Caris. Bruce served as President and Chief Operating Officer of the...

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Remembering Dr. Josiah (Jody) Worthington

As has happened all too often in the last few years, another one of our premiere horticulturists has been called in for his next assignment. Apparently, the Good Lord was looking for help to rejuvenate the vast fruit gardens of heaven, and our own Dr. Josiah Wistar (Jody) Worthington was indeed the man for the...

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Bill Perry

Remembering Mr. Bill Perry

One of the few constants in life is death—something never easy to discuss, especially when it is a treasured family member or friend. Yet, it is important for us to remember those who went before us and not only made the world a better place but more than likely taught us a thing or two....

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A mature pecan tree with dense, green foliage stretches its branches toward the sky, which forms a deep blue background to this photo. To grow a better pecan crop, pecan producers should focus on leaves during dormant season.

In memory

Elliott Ellis passed away May 31, 2021, at his residence. Elliott was known as a true leader of the Georgia Pecan industry and will be dearly missed. His parents purchased the family’s original pecan grove in 1944 in Vienna, Georgia. Elliott worked 20-plus years as a County Agen with the Georgia Extension Service before returning...

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Remembering Pecan Industry Members

Back in mid-January, the pecan industry lost two long-time and dedicated members. Pecan South remembers them here. Sherman Richardson: Louisiana pecan grower, Sherman Richardson, 61, passed away on Jan. 17, 2021 from complications following heart surgery. Sherman was born September 10, 1959 in Covington, Louisiana. He is the son of John Wilson and Elouise Arnold...

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Remembering Pecan Grower Jim Lampman

The obituary for Jim Lampman was first published by Nowlin Anders Funeral Home here. Jimmy E. Lampman, 74, of De Leon, passed peacefully from this life and entered a perfect eternity on Dec. 26, 2020. He was born Nov. 13, 1946, in Cleburne, Texas, to Lawrence Henry Lampman and Glenna Faye Jackson Lampman. Jim grew...

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Photo of Dr. Dennis Ring from the 2001 LSU AgCenter Class I Internal Leadership Program

The Legacy of Dr. Dennis Ring

The Texas Pecan Growers Association (TPGA) began at the dawn of the domestication of the pecan (Carya illinoinensis) in 1921 when the commercial pecan industry was in its infancy. Early pecan scientists focused on horticultural matters that established managed orchards and groves. Orchard acreage and production increased over time to catch up as wild pecan...

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Dennis Ring

I met Dennis Ring in the late 1970s when we were both graduate students at Texas A&M University. Dennis was working on casebearer (Acrobasis nuxvorella) and had seen evidence of infestation in nuts on trees of the Eli Whiteley memorial planting at Texas A&M University. I knew that planting was a hybrid swarm that included...

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Georgia Pecan Industry Loses One of its Champions

Before I was hired as the Pecan Extension Specialist for the University of Georgia, I worked for about three years or so as the Extension Agent in Dougherty County, Georgia. It can be difficult for new agents to break the ice with farmers, especially pecan farmers, and especially in a county where, for many years,...

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Ben Littlepage as a young man stands with his pecan trees

Have you heard the story of Ben Littlepage?

As usual, I turned onto I-49 driving south from Shreveport. I got off at exit 99, turned left and took the bridge over the Red River, driving northeast on Highway 8 toward Colfax. At McNeely Crossing, I would normally turn right at the farmhouse with the cannon sitting out front, but today, I continued on...

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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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