Poultry Science Hall of Fame

1902 – 1962

Herman Connor Kennett was born in Guilford County, North Carolina, and was a dedicated leader and promoter of the poultry industry. Mr. Kennett graduated from Pleasant Garden High School in 1920, received a B.S. degree in Poultry Science from North Carolina State in 1924, and a M.S. degree in Poultry Science in 1926. He worked for the North Carolina Department of Agriculture from 1926 through 1932. He became manager of the Poultry Department of Central Carolina Farmers Cooperative in 1932 and Assistant General Manager in 1945.

Connor Kennett found time to serve effectively in many capacities in the poultry industry as well as in other organizations. He served as President of the North Carolina Poultry Council, director and president of the National Broiler Council, and director and president of the Southeastern Poultry and Egg Association. He also served on the National Poultry Advisory Committee to the Secretary of Agriculture.

Mr. Kennett was a true pioneer in North Carolina poultry industry, and the North Carolina Poultry Federation is pleased to honor him as a member of the North Carolina Poultry Hall of Fame.

Charles Odell Lovette was born on July 20, 1900, in Wilkes County, North Carolina. He married Ila Ruth Bumgarner in 1924 and they had seven children. He bought a T-Model Ford truck and went into the produce buying and selling business which included chickens and eggs, operating as C. O. Lovette Produce Company.

In 1926, he built one of the first broiler houses in the area with a capacity of 300 chickens. This was the beginning of the commercial broiler business in the Wilkes area with C. O. Lovette as one of the innovators.

Mr. Lovette trained all seven of his children in the poultry business and they are all employees of Holly Farms Poultry Industries, Inc., which had its real beginning with Charles Odell Lovette in 1926.

Mr. Lovette realized the great economic potential of poultry to Wilkes County and to the State of North Carolina. He was a real prime mover and innovator in starting the poultry industry in northwest North Carolina. From the humble beginning of a 300 bird broiler house, he provided the inspiration leading to the development of Holly Farms Poultry Industries, one of America’s largest broiler producers.

C. O. Lovette was a true pioneer in the North Carolina poultry industry and the North Carolina is pleased to honor him as a member of the North Carolina Poultry Hall of Fame.

1889 – 1960

Roy S. Dearstyne was born in New York State, and came to North Carolina as a bacteriologist for the city of Charlotte in 1919. His son, Roy H. Dearstyne, still resides in Raleigh.

Mr. Dearstyne received his B.S. degree from the University of Maryland in 1917and a M.S. degree from North Carolina State College in 1924. He was a faculty member of the Poultry Science Department at North Carolina State for 35 years — from 1922 – 1956. During the latter 25 years of this period, he served as Head of the Department.

Professor Dearstyue was one of the early pioneers in developing the poultry industry in North Carolina. He was far ahead of his contemporaries in realizing the 2 great economic potential for poultry in the state.

Professor Dearstyne was a true pioneer in the North Carolina poultry industry, and the North Carolina Poultry Federation is pleased to honor him as a member of the North Carolina Poultry Hall of Fame.

Lester Ray Brown was born in Pilot Mountain, North Carolina, on January 21, 1908 to Mr. and Mrs. Samuel R. Brown.

Lester Brown graduated from Pilot Mountain High School in 1926. The following January, he attended a short poultry course at North Carolina State College in Raleigh and won a silver cup for being the best judge of poultry at the end of the course.A few years after high school, Lester Brown bought a small farm on the outskirts of Pilot Mountain and built his first chicken house. He always desired quality egg production and never lost sight of this as a goal. He was one of the first hatcherymen in the state to begin a blood-testing program. Progress with quality was one of his goals.

From a small beginning of 100 chicks from the valley of Virginia, his business grew so that at one time he was hatching approximately two and one-half million chicks per year. The motto of his hatchery was “Mountain Chicks are Huskier.”

Truly, Lester Ray Brown was an innovator and pioneer in helping with the development of North Carolina’s poultry industry. The North Carolina Poultry Federation is pleased to honor him as a member of the North Carolina Poultry Hall of Fame.

Clyde Lathorp Fore was born January 11, 1894 in Wilmington, North Carolina. At the age of five, Mr. Fore’s family moved to Charlotte. He graduated from Charlotte High School in 1912 and from the University of North Carolina in 1916. He served in active duty in France during World War I as a First Lieutenant.

In 1922, he married Ruth Edwards and in 1923 moved to Siler City and was employed with Siler City Mills.

Mr. Fore visioned a great potential in the broiler business and in 1925, 300 Bar#A20000 Rock chicks paid off, much to the astonishment of skeptical neighbors. From this small beginning, Chatham County was now in the broiler business. This experience changed the lives of hund#A20000s and even thousands of farmers and was to add millions to the income of North Carolinians.

Mr. Fore was an active member of a number of poultry organizations, including the National Broiler Council and the North Carolina Feed Manufacturers Association. He also served as town commissioner, as a Rotarian, and is presently Elder Emeritus of the Siler City Presbyterian Church.

Mr. Fore’s contributions to the growth and development of the poultry industry in North Carolina, his pioneer spirit, his ingenuity, and his many other accomplishments highly qualify him for induction into the North Carolina Poultry Hall of Fame.

1895-1958

Thomas Otto Minton was born October 20, 1895. In 1916, he married Belva Eller and two children were born of this union.

 

Mr. Minton built first poultry house in 1923 to hold 150 pullets. He started with the Pure Tom Barron Strain English White Leghorns from England for breeding. These birds were rated as the best breeders in the world at that time. He was one of the first in North Carolina to begin blood-testing birds.

During the late 1930’s and early 1940’s, Mr. Minton had the largest commercial breeding farm in the South and the third largest in the United States. On a 500 acre farm, he had a capacity for 35,000 layers, 30,000 pullets, and incubator facilities for 164,000 hatching eggs. He also ran a milling company which manufactured feed that was used on his own farm in addition to commercial selling.

In 1937-38 as a result of a Record of Performance Director being kept by the State of North Carolina, Champion Farm had the highest hen record in North Carolina with an average of 241 eggs per hen for the year.

Mr. Minton was a true pioneer in the North Carolina poultry industry, and the North Carolina Poultry Federation is pleased to honor him as a member of the North Carolina Poultry Hall of Fame.

1909 – 1957

Herman Bernard Helms was born on August 25, 1909, in Monroe, North Carolina. After graduating from Monroe High School, he attended Wingate Junior College and later Wake Forest College. He came back to Union County and taught French at Benton Heights High School. While teaching, he became interested in poultry breeding and in the Mid-30’s gave up teaching to devote full time to the poultry industry.

Mr. Helms became an outstanding breeder of New Hampshires and was one of the first in the South to start breeding a white feathered broiler. He was active in a number of poultry organizations that date back to the late 40’s. In 1949, he won top honors in the North Carolina State Chicken of Tomorrow Contest.

Bernard Helms’ interest in and dedication to the poultry industry in the Union County area had a direct influence on the poultry industry in other areas of North Carolina. His activities in farm-related organizations exemplified his interest in the welfare of not only his own business but also the welfare of poultry industry men throughout the state.

The officers and directors of the North Carolina Poultry Federation are pleased to honor him with his induction into the North Carolina Poultry Hall of Fame.

1875 – 1955

Hugh Gillespie Maxwell was born on June 7, 1987, in Wayne County, North Carolina.

In 1916, Mr. Maxwell founded the Goldsboro Milling Company in Goldsboro. He also was one of the early founders of the Bank of Wayne which is now Wachovia Bank in Goldsboro. For many years, Mr. Maxwell served on the bank board.

Mr. Maxwell realized the great potential of the poultry industry in eastern North Carolina and was a pioneer in financing both chicken and turkey producers. Mr. Maxwell’s interest in agriculture and especially the poultry industry and his desire to help people help themselves was a great contributing factor in making the poultry industry in eastern North Carolina a thriving and vital industry.

Goldsboro Milling was a family undertaking and remains so today. After Mr. Maxwell’s retirement, his sons and grandsons continued the operation. Because of Mr. Maxwell’s foresight and pioneering spirit, Goldsboro Milling is one of the largest turkey operations in the country. Mr. Maxwell’s influence continues today, not only in Goldsboro Milling but all over eastern North Carolina.

It is with pleasure that the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Poultry Federation recognizes the contributions of Mr. Maxwell to North Carolina’s poultry with his induction into the North Carolina Poultry Hall of Fame.

1883 – 1961

Mrs. F. B. Bunch was born in Chetam County, Tennessee and was married to Mr. F#A20000 B. Bunch, Sr., who was in the textile business. She was a graduate of Western Kentucky College in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Mrs. Bunch became interested in the poultry industry in the early 1920’s and started a small hatchery in the basement of her home in 1926. She later added a room to the house called the “pine room” that housed the Bunch Hatchery consisting of two Smith incubators.

Mrs. Bunch was noted in her early years for her Wyandottes, Barred Rocks, and Rhode Island Reds, and was an innovator in developing the North Carolina broiler industry. She produced New Hampshire-Barred Rock crossed chickens for broiler production, and was one of the early broiler contractors in Iredell County. She became known throughout the broiler industry as an astute businesswoman and was the first president of the North Carolina Poultry Association.

Mrs. Bunch was a true pioneer in the North Carolina poultry industry, and the North Carolina Poultry Federation is pleased to honor her as a member of the North Carolina Poultry Hall of Fame.

Ralph Bogan Kelly was born on March 14, 1910, in Broadway, North Carolina. He graduated from Broadway High School and later from North Carolina State College. In 1939, Ralph Kelly was employed with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture in the Poultry Section and was chief of the section when he retired in 1958.

Ralph Kelly was instrumental in the formation of many poultry organizations in North Carolina. He was an incorporating member of the North Carolina Poultry Council, the forerunner of the Poultry Federation, and served as Secretary-Treasurer of the North Carolina Poultry Processors Association.

During Mr. Kelly’s tenure with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture, North Carolina moved from an unknown in the poultry world, to a position of commercially important leadership. This period saw the construction and growth of processing plants for eggs, broilers, and turkeys. Inspection of poultry processing was begun and grading of all poultry and egg products flourished.

Ralph Kelly dedicated many years of service to the poultry industry in North Carolina and it is with pleasure that the officers and directors of the North Carolina Poultry Federation induct him into the North Carolina Poultry Hall of Fame.

James Atwell Alexander was born in Alexander County, January 23, 1911. He earned an A.B. in 1929 and M.S. in 1931 from Davidson College and did post-graduate work at the Colorado School of Mines and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 1934, he returned to the family farm, established a laying flock, and rapidly moved to leadership as a Record of Performance breeder. His moderately inbreed Leghorn breed cross was among the first and most highly productive in the industry as long as a market for cream-colored eggs remained.
Mr. Alexander has given liberally of his time, energy, and resources to the agricultural, business, and human needs of his county, state, and area. His leadership was particularly valuable as North Carolina moved from am importer to an exporter of table eggs. Atwell was instrumental in organizing the North Carolina Poultry Council and the North Carolina Egg Marketing Association and has served as president of each. His wisdom and energy have been tapped through many advisory and executive positions including the advisory committees of the North Carolina Random Sample Test and North Carolina State University School of Agriculture and Life Sciences, executive committees of the North Carolina Agribusiness Council, North Carolina Agricultural Foundation, Governor’s Council for Economic Development and a large commercial bank, and chairmanships of North Carolina Farm-City Week, North Carolina Agricultural Foundation directors, and the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Agriculture. Atwell gave eighteen years of distinguished service as a member of the North Carolina Board of Agriculture.
The officers and directors of the North Carolina Poultry Federation are pleased to honor him by his induction into the North Carolina Poultry Hall of Fame.
Charles Fred Lovette was born January 1, 1925, the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. C. O. Lovette. He is President of Holly Farms Poultry Industries, Inc., of Wilkesboro, Executive Vice President of The Federal Company of Memphis, Tennessee, and is truly a self-made man in the finest sense of the American dream.
He started in the poultry business in 1942 by driving a truck around the countryside buying eggs, chickens, and other products from local farmers and reselling them in Winston-Salem. From this humble beginning, Fred swiftly expanded. In 1961, he formed Holly Farms Poultry Industries, Inc., from 16 poultry oriented companies in the Wilkes County area. Under his leadership, Holly “Farms pioneered Holly Pak chicken whereby chicken is processed under carefully controlled conditions, pre-packaged and priced at the plant level, and delivered fresh to the retail store.
Lovette’s success with his revolutionary marketing concept is illustrated by the growth of Holly Farms. They now operate eight plants with a combined capacity of 4,250,000 broilers and over 6,500 employees. This year Holly’s sales exceeded 320 million dollars.
Fred Lovette has a genuine concern for people. Through his efforts, land was contributed to Wilkesboro Elementary School and Wilkes Community College where the vocational building has been named the Charles Fred Lovette Hall. For the prestige that Charles Fred Lovette has brought to the North Carolina poultry industry, he has earned a prominent position in the North Carolina Poultry Hall of Fame.
Clifton Floyd “Chick” Parrish was born on October 25, 1901, in Washington County, Florida. When Parrish was a young lad, his family moved to Guilford County, North Carolina. Mr._ Parrish has been a dedicated pioneer leader and promoter of the poultry industry since 1925.
Parrish graduated from Pleasant Garden High School in 1921, received a B.S. degree in Agriculture from N.C. State College in 1925, and completed 16 hours of graduate work in Poultry Science. Parrish began his poultry career as Extension Poultryman on July 1, 1925, and was placed in charge of Poultry Extension on September 1, 1928. He retired on December 31, 1963. He continued to serve the poultry industry after his retirement as Secretary-Treasurer of the N.C. State Mutual Hatchery Association until December 31, 1975.
Parrish played a prime role in developing the commercial poultry industry in North Carolina. He helped organize the N. C. State Mutual Hatchery Association, N.C. Record of Performance Association, N. C. Poultry Council, and the N. C. Poultry Processors. In his nearly 40 years in Poultry Extension work at N. C State, he originated the monthly “Poultry Pointers” publication, organized the first 4-H Pullet Chain, served as superintendent of the poultry section of the State Fair, and worked actively with the US World’s Poultry Congress. In addition, Parrish wrote the poultry section in the Progressive Farmer Magazine for over 12 years and was the author of 37 poultry bulletins and publications.
Mr. Parrish has been a true pioneer and leader in the North Carolina poultry industry, and the North Carolina Poultry Federation is pleased to honor him as a member of the North Carolina Poultry Hall of Fame.
Newlin Bartimus Nicholson, better known to all of us as “Nick the Chick,” was born in Alamance County on March 28, 1903. He attended Green Hill School, Guilford College, North Carolina State University, and Cornell University. Nick grew up on a poultry farm where his father imported Tom Barron White Leghorns from England.
Nick joined the N.C. Agricultural Extension Service in 1929. After brief stays in Green, Wayne, and Alamance counties, he served the Civil Air Patrol as a pilot server during 1942. He joined the Union County Extension staff in December 1943. Nick was the only person to turn to for any poultry problem – he was the serviceman, the nutritionist, the building expert, the marketing specialist, and the “Daddy” of the Union area poultry industry.
He organized the 500 Hen Club, Union County Poultry Days, and many other special promotional activities. Nick saw the need to bring industry, the local people, lending agencies, and related industries together. As a result of his efforts, the Union County area became a poultry hub with a research laboratory, three processing plants, and many supportive and related industries. Nick always recognized the importance of young people — he assisted many young poultrymen in becoming national 4-H winners in projects and demonstrations. Many of these 4-H’ers are leaders in the poultry industry today.
Nick started the Dixie Poultry Exposition in 1946, another example of his relentless efforts to help all segments of the industry work together. He served as Secretary-Manager of the Dixie for 25 years.
Since his retirement from Extension in 1968, he has served as farm consultant for the American Bank & Trust Company in Monroe. Nick married Kathleen Faison in 1931 and they have two daughters and two granddaughters. The officers and directors of the North Carolina Poultry Federation are pleased to honor him by his induction into the N.C. Poultry Hall of Fame.
Burnace M. Hancock was born September 9, 1905 in Chatham County. He grew up on a farm and was one of eleven children. In 1926, he joined Siler City Mills first as a truck driver and later as a feed salesman.
Times were hard in the late 1920’s, and Mr. Hancock and Siler City Mills mail-ordered baby chicks and placed them with farmers as a means of increasing feed sales. He located growers and markets for the birds and Siler City Mills furnished the feed to these customers who grew out the chickens for processing. These fryers were shipped by rail to distant places such as Savannah and Cincinnati for processing.
Mr. Hancock soon realized the potential of the poultry business and in the late 1930’s, he leased a warehouse and began devoting fulltime to hatching, feeding, and marketing chickens. He was one of the real innovators in getting the broiler business started in Chatham County.
Immediately following World War II, he started a processing business and was one of the first contract producers of broilers in the Chatham County area. He later expanded the business to include a feed mill and hatchery to make the business fully integrated. Today, his sons continue to operate the B. M. Hancock and Sons’ Feed Mills producing approximately 375,000 broilers per week for processing. In addition they manufacture feed for other companies in the area.
Mr. Hancock’s contributions to the growth and development of the poultry industry in North Carolina, his pioneer spirit, his ingenuity, and his many other accomplishments highly qualify him for the North Carolina Poultry Hall of Fame.
Mrs. Aurelia Ilse Guffey was born in Westphalia, Missouri, and has been involved in the hatchery business all of her working life. She started in hatchery work as an office helper with the Hilkemeyer Brothers Hatchery in Westphalia. She later transferred to Jefferson City, Missouri, as manager of one of their hatcheries and subsequently managed hatcheries in a number of cities for the growing hatchery company.
In the early 1930, Mrs. Guffey, then Miss Aurelia Ilse, was transferred to Greensboro, North Carolina, as manager of the Carolina Hatcheries and made a business partner to the Hilkemeyer Brothers. They were producing 25,000 chicks per week.
Mrs. Guffey was married to Samuel Edward Guffey, one of the breeding flock supervisors, soon after arriving in North Carolina. Mrs. Guffey expanded the Carolina Hatcheries business rapidly and became manager of the North Carolina broiler operations following the early death of both Leonard and Albert Hilkemeyer. The hatchery grew from one operation producing 25,000 per week to a peak of seven hatcheries and a capacity of over one million chicks per week. One of these seven Carolina Hatcheries is still operating as Western Carolina Hatcheries in Morganton with Mr. C. A. Schoenen as owner and manager.
Mrs. Guffey retired from the hatchery business in 1974.Mrs. Guffey was truly a pioneer in developing the hatchery and broiler industries in North Carolina, and the North Carolina Poultry Federation is pleased to induct her as a member of the North Carolina Poultry Hall of Fame.
Elmer Stuart “Izzy” Kendrick was born August 4, 1908 in Abingdon, Virginia, and retired from active service as Vice President of Holly Farms Poultry Industries in 1978.
Mr. Kendrick has been actively involved in the poultry industry since 1934 — first as a buyer of live poultry in southwestern Virginia and later as a buyer and seller of poultry and broiler contractor with a predecessor company of Holly Farms. In the late 1940’s, Mr. Kendrick recognized the changes taking place in the poultry industry and switched his selling from the terminal markets to the regional processing plants in North Carolina. In the same year, he developed, with two partners, a grow-out company called the Nu-Way Feed Service. He was subsequently associated with K & L Feel Company which was incorporated into Lovette Feed Company and Lovette Poultry Company. In 1955, he became a part owner of Mocksville Feed Mills and in 1956 helped to establish the Chick-A-Dee Hatchery.
In 1961, Mr. Kendrick was one of the prime movers in developing the Holly Farms Poultry Industries from the merger of sixteen North Carolina related poultry companies. He became the first executive vice president of Holly and was on the original board of directors.
Mr. Kendrick has been a strong leader in the broiler industry, helping to organize the National Broiler Council in 1954. He has served this organization continuously as a member of their board of directors and in 1979 was one of two current directors that helped to found the organization. He currently serves as secretary-treasurer of the National Broiler Council.
Mr. Kendrick has been a true pioneer and leader in developing the North Carolina poultry industry, and the North Carolina Poultry Federation is pleased to honor him as a member of the North Carolina Poultry Hall of Fame.
Mr. Clifford W. Tilson was born in Mars Hill, North Carolina on March 22, 1900. He attended Mars Hill College and graduated from N.C. State in 1924.
Mr. Tilson started his career as a county agricultural agent in 1924 and was appointed as the first general manager of the newly organized Farmers Mutual Exchange in Durham in 1930. This cooperative later became known as Central Carolina Farmers Exchange. The cooperative started with 400 farmers and $2,400 in capital and grew under Mr. Tilson’s leadership to 15,000 members and 68 million dollars in total volume by 1975.
The potential for agricultural in Durham and surrounding counties was recognized by Mr.Tilson and he started the first poultry and egg processing and marketing cooperative in the area. The poultry plant connected with this operation was one of the first processing plants in North Carolina. Mr. Tilson employed Mr. H.C. Kennett, one of the Hall of Fame members, as the manager of the poultry marketing department. Central Carolina Farmers’ growth and success was largely due to Mr. Tilson’s efforts and his ability to select superior managers and dedicated employees. Central Carolina Farmers grew under his leadership to one of the leading egg marketing and processing firms in the state.
In 1965, Mr. Tilson guided CCF in a joint venture with Gold Kist Poultry to handle the broiler production, processing, and marketing phases of the business. This venture has grown rapidly with the addition of new facilities including feed mill, hatchery, and modernization of processing facilities. Mr. Tilson has long been recognized as a strong community and industry leader. He has particularly been interested in the development of the North Carolina State University Alumni Association, the Foundation, and is an ardent Wolfpack fan. He was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Humanities at N. C. State in 1957, was selected as Alumnus of the Year in 1960, and as Food Processor of the Year in 1969.
Mr. Tilson has been a true pioneer and innovative leader in recognizing the potential of poultry and in developing an organization that has been a pace setter in the poultry industry. The North Carolina Poultry Federation is pleased to honor him as a member of the North Carolina Poultry Hall of Fame.
Richard T. Breeden, Sr. was born February 10, 1909 in Talbott, Tennessee. He married Beatrice McCarthy of Glen Alpine, North Carolina, in 1928. Mr. Breeden began his business career as a barber and become involved with poultry in the early 1930’s by purchasing eggs during his weekend visits to his parent’s home in eastern Tennessee. He sold these eggs to local Morganton stores.
In the late 1930’s, Mr. Breeden began selling live poultry along with the eggs. Soon requests for dressed chickens developed from neighbors and local merchants, and Mr. and Mrs. Breeden met this need by killing and dressing a few chickens in their backyard.
The demand for the dressed chickens continued and by 1940, Mr. and Mrs. Breeden decided to devote full time to their growing poultry enterprise. Mr. Breeden sold his barber shop, purchased a gasoline station building, and launched into a “New York dressed” poultry operation. Mrs. Breeden kept the books and ran the office while Mr. Breeden managed the dressing operation and sales.
From this meager beginning, the Breeders began to expand. In 1952, B & L Feed and Supply was added to contract with farmers to supply broilers, and in 1954 Mountain Ice Hatchery became a part of the company. In 1958, a modern poultry processing plant was built with a capacity of 350,000 birds per week.
Mr. Breeden died on March 6, 1961. The company continued to grow with a feed mill being added in 1964 and a byproduct plant in 1968. The processing plant was completed remodeled and reequipped in 1979-80.
Mr. Breeden was truly a pioneer in developing the poultry industry in the Burke County area. He and Mrs. Breeden contributed much to the economy of the area. The North Carolina Poultry Federation membership is pleased to honor him by induction in the North Carolina Poultry Hall of Fame.
Ottis S. Carroll was born January 3, 1903 in Turkey, North Carolina. He attended Trinity Park College, now a part of Duke University, and later Wingate College where he participated in athletics. Following college, he married Gladys Laney whom he had met at Wingate and they returned to Sampson County where he started farming. In 1939 he and a partner leased a grist mill in Sampson County. At the expiration of the lease in 1941, he and his partner built a new mill in Turkey and continued to produce corn meal and flour. The byproducts from the mill were fed to hogs and cattle. Mr. Carroll later purchased his partner’s share in the mill and in 1946 started producing custom-mixed feed for livestock and poultry. The company also increased the number of livestock they were feeding at the time. He entered the poultry business in 1953 by constructing eleven broiler houses to grow broilers for local processors. The broiler operation was gradually expanded through contract growers.
In 1967 the business had grown to the point that a chief operating officer was needed for the company. Fifty percent of the stock of Carroll’s mill was sold to the new manager. The company continued its rapid growth and converted the broiler operation into turkeys, expanded the swine operation to include the production of feeder pigs, and the name of the organization was changed to Carroll’s of Warsaw, Inc. Both the poultry and swine division experienced phenomenal growth during the next decade. The broiler industry was reentered in 1979 and at Mr. Carroll’s death in 1981, the company was producing approximately six million turkeys, sixteen million broilers, one hundred eighty thousand market hogs, and employed over five hundred people.
Mr. Carroll was a true entrepreneur and pioneer developing the North Carolina poultry industry and the North Carolina Poultry Federation is extremely pleased to honor him by induction in the North Carolina Poultry Hall of Fame.
Hoyle C. Griffin was born December 17; 1905 in Union County, North Carolina. He attended Ohio State University and received a degree in economics and animal husbandry. Following graduation, he returned to the family farm and was engaged in an active agri-business career for nearly half a century.
He and his partner developed the Griffin Implement Company, a farm equipment dealership, and the Griffin Milling Company that became the predecessor of the present-day Producers Cooperative Feed Mill. Mr. Griffin was also active as a turkey producer during this period. He was a co-founder and the first president of the Monroe turkey processing plant that later became affiliated with Armour and Company and now Cuddy Farms. He also participated in the formation of Gimco Sales Company, a firm that continues to be active in turkey production.
Mr. Griffin was an outstanding agricultural leader in south central North Carolina. He served as a member of the North Carolina State Board of Agriculture for 20 years and was a member of a national committee for the study of turkey production. In addition, he was active in community leadership, serving as a member of the Union County Industrial Commission, the Board of Trustees of the Union Memorial Hospital, and a Director of the Federal Land Bank of Monroe.
Mr. Griffin died in 1975 and is survived by his wife, Lila, who still resides in Monroe. The companies and the organizations that he helped develop are continuing to make significant contributions to the poultry industry of North Carolina.
Mr. Griffin was truly a pioneer in developing the poultry industry in the Union County area, and the North Carolina Poultry Federation is pleased to honor him by induction into the North Carolina Poultry Hall of Fame.
Dennis Ramsey was born in 1914 in New Bem, North Carolina. His father and his mother’s father were both railroad men, and the Ramseys lived in several eastern North Carolina towns, including Raleigh. Dennis graduated from N.C. State College with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in June, 1935.
Following graduation, Dennis was employed briefly as an assistant master mechanic with a cotton mill. However, he quickly located a new opportunity with the Pennsylvania Railroad in their motive power department and worked for the railroad in a number of positions until he entered the U.S. Army at the beginning of World War II.
Following the War, Dennis and the late Mrs. Ramsey opened a motion-picture theater in Rose Hill, NC. They operated the theater for 10 years until the television industry stimulated them to look for other business opportunities. Dennis became intrigued with the idea of producing chickens after many visits to his wife’s family in Georgia who were engaged in the chicken business.
In 1954, Dennis introduced commercial poultry production to Duplin County. He built a chicken house himself to show good faith in the project and started contracting with local farmers to grow chickens for sale. He provided the feed, chicks, supervision, and marketed the broilers, sharing the proceeds with the growers. From this beginning, he formed partnerships with Shelton Lewis of Smithfield in a hatchery and with E. T. Watson, Sr., of Raleigh in a processing operation. The poultry industry in Duplin County has prospered from this early beginning until today the farm income in the county exceeds $120,000,000.
Mr. Ramsey was the first President of the North Carolina Poultry Federation and was instrumental in helping to develop the National Broiler Council. He was truly a pioneer in developing the broiler industry in Duplin County, in North Carolina, and the nation. The North Carolina Poultry Federation is proud to induct Dennis Ramsey into the North Carolina Poultry Hall of Fame.
Paul Morgan is recognized as one of the great leaders in the North Carolina poultry industry. Paul was born in 1926 in Guilford County, NC. A member of a pioneer poultry family, his father and mother began keeping hens for eggs to sell back in the early 1920’s. During the depression era, the family survived because they could trade and sell eggs and chickens to purchase the staples they needed for the family.
Paul attended Oak Ridge Military Institute and Duke University. Following World War II, he returned to the family farm and entered business with his father. They determined that the live chicken market was very unpredictable but that dressed birds sold well. They started their mall business in the family garage, processing 65 birds the first day. The next day they hired their first employee and production was increased to 130 birds per day. From this meager beginning, the Morgan & Sons Poultry Company evolved. The firm grew to one of the leading local poultry processors in the area and marketed their birds under the Dogwood brand. They entered into several working arrangements with other poultrymen in the area for the production of feed and broilers to supply the processing plant.
Paul Morgan was a leader in the North Carolina poultry industry from the start. In the late 1950’s and early 1960’s, he was active in the organization of the Southeastern Poultry and Egg Association. He served as a member of their Board of Directors, Secretary-Treasurer, and was President of the organization in 1963. He has also served as President of the National Broiler Council and the National Broiler Marketing He has been a continuous member of the North Carolina Poultry Processors Association and served as President of that organization. He was a member of the original group of poultrymen who organized the North Caroling Poultry Federation and served as a member of the Hrs! Board of Directors in 1968. He subsequently served in a number of different and was President of the Federation in 1973.
Paul Morgan has truly represented North Carolina well as a leader in the poultry industry in both a state role and on a national basis. Probably no one individual has played a greater leadership role in the development of the modern day poultry industry than Paul Morgan.
The North Carolina Poultry Federation is pleased to recognize Paul for his outstanding contributions to the poultry industry and to induct him into the North Carolina Poultry Hall of Fame.
Maurice Pickler was born in Chicago, Illinois, and came to North Carolina during the height of the great depression of 1919-30. Maurice was five years old, and his father, Jacob Pickler, was forced to return to the farm for economic reasons.
Maurice grew up on the farm, attended and graduated from N. C. State University with a B.S. degree in 1947, and went on to Cornell University where he received a M.S. degree in agricultural economics in 1948.
He joined the family farming business with his father in 1948 and they had a “large” commercial egg flock of 1,000 hens. In 1949 they processed and sold quality controlled eggs under the Springdale Farms private label. The family business grew rapidly, building their second laying house in 1949, a feed mill in 1952, and brother, Gene Pickler, joined the business in 1958. At that time, they had 25,000 hens in production.
Maurice played a very important role in shaping the future direction of the North Carolina poultry industry. He was one of the original board members of the N. C. Poultry Council started during the 1950’s, helped formulate and promote the passage of the N.C. Egg Law in 1959, and was a prime mover in organizing the N.C. Egg Marketing Association in 1960. He was a board member and President of the Egg Marketing Association. The N.C Poultry Federation was developed from the N. C. Poultry Council and Maurice was a member of the first board of directors. He also was one of three board members who selected Ed Woodhouse as the Federation’s Executive Secretary.
Maurice also made major contributions to the development of the poultry industry regionally, nationally, and internationally. He was President of the Southeastern Poultry and Egg Association, board member of the Poultry and Egg National Board, original board member of the American Egg Board and was chairman of their research committee, supervising their one million dollar research budget.
Maurice made major contributions to the egg industry by organizing and helping formulate the “Nest Run” basis for trading and pricing eggs, developing the egg clearinghouse, and the organization and management of the egg marketing cooperative, “Eggmar.”
He has been a real pioneer in developing the egg industry in this country and in supporting the development of the entire poultry industry. The North Carolina Poultry Federation is pleased to recognize Maurice for his contributions and to induct him into the prestigious North Carolina Poultry Hall of Fame.
Billy Shepard is recognized as one of the outstanding and innovative leaders who helped develop the North Carolina poultry _ food industry. He was born in November of 1918 in Wilmington, North Carolina, and has spent most of his life in Goldsboro. He graduated from Goldsboro High School in 1937 and married Louise Woodard from Kenly in 1939; The Shepards have four children — Woody, Mary, Billy, and Jim. Billy served two years in the Navy during World War II.
Mr. Shepard’s business career has been focused entirely in the feed and turkey industries. He began his career as a feed salesman and later became the manager of Statesville Flour Mills Goldsboro office. He joined Goldsboro Milling Company in July of 1947 as a salesman and reti#A20000 in 1989 as General Manager. During his tenure with Goldsboro Milling, the firm made the transition from a flour mill to a feed company and eventually became one of the largest integrated turkey producers in North Carolina and the United States. Billy was an active member of the management team that developed the present day Goldsboro organization, recognized nationally as one of the leading turkey production firms in America.
Billy played a very important role in developing the North Carolina poultry industry, and especially the state’s turkey industry. He was an active member of the Carolina Feed Industry Association and was one of the founders of the North Carolina Poultry Federation. He served as president of the North Carolina Feed Manufacturers Association, the North Carolina Poultry Federation, the North Carolina Turkey Federation, and the National Turkey Federation. He has been a member of the Awards Committee of the North Carolina Poultry Federation on a continuous basis.
Known for his leadership, integrity, faithfulness and active participation, Billy Shepard has truly been an outstanding leader in industry development and in state and national poultry related associations. He has been a strong supporter of active industry organizations, research programs to improve the industry, and new marketing methods for poultry products.
The North Carolina Poultry Federation is pleased to recognize William H. “Billy” Shepard for his many contributions to the industry and, and on August 2, 1991, to induct him into the prestigious North Carolina Poultry Hall of Fame.
Ronald Scott Braswell was born in Nashville, North Carolina in 1932. He attended Louisburg College and East Carolina University. In 1956, following a period of service in the U. S. Army, he joined the egg production business which was started by his father and uncle. Ron and his brother, Gene, built that business into one of the largest and most successful egg-type pullet production companies in the eastern United States. Braswell Milling produces commercial eggs, but its primary business is the growing of approximately three million pullets annually for customers in five different states. Ron was the President of Braswell Milling at the time of his death on August 7, 1991.
Ron Braswell was extremely active in activities associated with the North Carolina and U.S. egg industries. He was an active member and past president of the North Carolina Egg Association. He served as Chairman and on the Board of Directors of the Southern United Egg Producers, also known as National Egg Company. He was also a very active member of the North Carolina Poultry Federation, United Egg Producers, Southeastern Poultry and Egg Association, and a past alternate to the American Egg Board. Ron was the first person to receive the Commissioner’s Award for outstanding service to the North Carolina Egg Industry (1979). Ron was also active in other business and civic affairs. He was a member of the Board of Centura Bank in Rocky Mount and was a life long member of the Nashville Lions Club. He served two terms as a member of the Nashville Town Board, and on the Planters Bank Nashville City Board from 1962-1987. Ron was also very active in Nashville United Methodist Church where he served in several positions including finance chairman and chairman of the administrative board.
Ron was noted for his hospitality, friendliness, and caring spirit. He was highly regarded in the poultry industry across North Carolina and America, and was known especially for his vision and unique leadership. He touched the lives of hundreds all across the country with his genuine smile, pleasantness, and love for his fellow man.
Ron Braswell was a stalwart and contributing member of the North Carolina poultry industry, and the North Carolina Poultry Federation is pleased to honor his memory by inducting him posthumously into the North Carolina Poultry Hall of Fame on this 14th day of August, 1992.
Bruce M. Simpson was born and raised in Monroe, North Carolina. Following his marriage to Frances in 1943, he began farming and growing poultry on a contract basis for a feed company in Monroe.
In 1953, Bruce set up his own poultry company, the Simpson Milling Company. He, along with one other employee, started and began to build a thriving business from the ground up. He put together a group of contract growers, built a feed mill to supply feed for those growers, and established breeder flocks to produce eggs for his custom hatched broiler chicks. He furnished the chicks, feed, and medication, paid the growers a set amount for their production, and developed a truck fleet to haul the broilers to the processing plant. During those early years, the birds were sold at about 12 weeks of age to processing plants in Albemarle, Charlotte, and Monroe. Bruce should literally be considered The Father of the Integrated Broiler Industry in Union County.” In the early 1960’s, Bruce was involved in turkey production in Union County.
In 1965, Bruce recognized the need for a poultry processing plant to supply dressed poultry for his expanding markets. He built a new plant and hired a hundredworkers to process the 100,000 birds per week the company was growing at that time. In 1966, he was approached to consider a merger with Holly Farms. At that time, Holly Farms was also growing rapidly and was able to sell more chickens than they could produce and process in their own facilities. Acquisition of the Simpson Milling Company provided Holly with additional product for their popular new process of cutting up and packaging birds for direct shipment to retail food stores. Following the merger, Bruce was made Vice President of Holly Farms, and Manager of the Monroe Division. He continued with Holly until 1970, when he left to pursue other interests. When he left Holly Farms, the company he started with two employees had grown to 710 employees.
Following his departure from Holly Farms, Bruce began to devote his time to real estate development, including several shopping centers, some commercial properties, as well as several housing developments.
Over the years, Bruce has also been very active in other business and civic activities including serving on the Union County Industrial Board, on the first North Carolina Pesticide Control Board, as a Director on the Board of the United Carolina Bank for 25 years, and as a member of the Board and Vice President of the American Commercial Bank. He was also appointed as a member of the Board of Trustees for Wingate College, and has also served as that Board’s Chairman. Bruce Simpson has not only been a very talented and successful poultry pioneer and businessman, he has also given tirelessly of himself to make the community in which he lives a better place. It is, therefore, with great pleasure that the North Carolina Poultry Federation recognizes his contributions to the growth and development of the North Carolina poultry industry, and, hereby, on this 14th day of August, 1992, inducts him into the North Carolina Poultry Hall of Fame.
Lafayette Wrenn is recognized as one of the outstanding and innovative leaders who helped develop the North Carolina poultry industry and organize the North Carolina Poultry Federation.
He was born in July of 1915 in Siler City, North Carolina, and spent his entire life in that community working primarily with the poultry industry. He attended Mars Hill College in 1933-35 and the University of North Carolina in 1935-37. Lafayette married Doris Lee Ormand and they have two children, Lafayette “Buddy” Wrenn, Jr., who is Vice President of Showell Farms, Inc., Berlin, Maryland, and Christine W. Dycus of Shelby, North Carolina. Lafayette served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II.
Lafayette’s entire career has been related to the poultry industry. He was employed in 1938 by Siler City Mills, an organization that was the first to contract broiler production in North Carolina. He promoted poultry contracting as an efficient method of increasing poultry production and consumption. During his career, he served as President of Chatham Poultry Farms, Inc., and President of Master Hatcheries in Siler City. All of these organizations have made great and lasting contributions to the development of the dynamic poultry industry in North Carolina. The economy and tax base of Chatham County has been enhanced many fold by the leadership of individuals like Lafayette Wrenn.
Mr. Wrenn was one of the original poultrymen who recognized the need for a state wide organization to represent the poultry industry. He was instrumental in helping organize the North Carolina Poultry Federation and served as a member of its first Board of Directors. He moved through the chairs of the Federation and served as the fourth President of the organization in 1971-72. In the early years of the Federation, he was active in fund raising and in the development of legislative programs for the benefit of the industry.
Mr. Lafayette Wrenn is truly one of the leaders in the development of the poultry industry in this state, and the North Carolina Poultry Federation is pleased to recognize him for his many contributions and induct him on this the 20th day of August, 1993, into the prestigious North Carolina Poultry Hall of Fame.
Donald W. Mabe is widely recognized as a leader in the development of the modem broiler lndustry. He was born in Kemersville in 1931, and attended North Carolina State University where he graduated from the Department of Poultry Science in 1953. In 1952, Don married “Flo’ Joyce and they have four children.
Immediately upon graduation, Don served for two years In the U.S. Army Infantry, following which he was released as a 1st Lieutenant. He then joined the sales and service staff of Fair Acre Feeds in Winder, Georgia, where he worked for a period of two years. In 1957, he joined Perdue Farms, Salisbury, Maryland, as a sales and service agent. Due to his personal initiative, lnnovativeness, and integrity, Don moved quickly through a number of positions within the Perdue organization, rising to the level of Chief Executive Officer in 1988, the position he held at the time of his retirement in 1991. In that position, he had full responsibility for the day-to-day operations of Perdue Farms.
Perdue Farms is the recognized leader of quality poultry products in the eastern and northeastern United States. In 1957, when Don joined Perdue, sales were $3 million and the company had 100 employees. When he reti#A20000, sales were over $1 billion and the company had over 12,000 employees. Don was Instrumental in helping Frank Perdue and his staff launch programs that showed the power of quality products, and of quality advertising and marketing. He understood the importance of and was deeply Involved in the hiring of well trained, high quality personnel. Don Mabe believed in people and had confidence that if the employees of Perdue Farms were treated right, the company would be successful. The consumers of Perdue’s products and their needs were of utmost Importance to him. He was one of the major Influences in Perdue’s straightforward approach to developing and shaping markets through advertising and the delivery of quality products.Don Mabe made many contributions to his company and to the Industry. He was given the lead responsibility for many of the company’s major undertakings, including the development of its hatching egg operations, first on Delmarva and later in North Carolina. He converted an old plant into Perdue’s first major processing operation in Maryland, and he was instrumental in the development of all of the Perdue operations in North Carolina. Those operations have had, and continue to have, major economic Impact in many parts of this state. Don Mabe simply applied his Poultry Science and people skills well, and used them to assist the Perdue organization to develop a first-class integrated agribusiness company.
Don Mabe’s contributions did not stop with the company and the industry. He also served on the boards of a local hospital, bank, utility, Salisbury State College, and the Private lndustry Council. He is a man who was dedicated to his work, family, and church. In 1983, he received Delmarva’s Distinguished Service Award — proper recognition for his many accomplishments. ln 1986, he received the Outstanding Alumnus Award for the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at N. C. State, the highest recognition given for former students of the College. Indicative of his life, Don and Flo established the Mabe Scholarship Endowment in the N. C. Agricultural Foundation. This endowment annually provides a scholarship for a student following in his footsteps in the NCSU Department of Poultry Science.
Don Mabe is truly a leader who contributed greatly to the growth and development of the North Carolina poultry industry, and the North Carolina Poultry Federation is pleased to recognize him for his contributions and induct him on this the 25th day of August, 1995, Into the prestigious North Carolina Poultry Hall of Fame.
On behalf of the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Poultry Federation, it is my pleasure to welcome the family of Howard Thompson as we posthumously honor and induct him into the North Carolina Poultry Hall of Fame.
Would his wife, Clarice, and the other Thompson family members present tonight please come forward at this time for the presentation and photographs.
Howard Thompson was a true poultry industry leader in North Carolina. He loyally served in an exemplary manner both the industry and the Federation. A long-time member of the Federation’s Board of Directors, Howard served as its President dining the year 1978-79.
Having working in poultry management for 40 years, Howard will most notably be for his many years of loyal service at Wayne Farms in Dobson, North Carolina where he retired in 1995. Many members of Howard’s Wayne Farms family are also here to join us in honoring Howard tonight.
Howard Thompson was active not only in the poultry industry, but was very active in his church, where he faithfully served as a deacon and an adult Sunday School teacher. He was also actively involved in several local civic organizations.
Tonight we honor Howard Thompson in a lasting and special way for his character, his integrity, and the legacy of his many positive contributions to the poultry- food industry in North Carolina by inducting him posthumously into the North Carolina Poultry Hall of Fame.
Byron Kenneth Hawkins grew up with six brothers and three sisters on a small poultry and tobacco farm in Richmond County, NC. It was on that small, rural farm that Byron’s aspirations for high achievement took hold. Even in high school, he began to prepare himself for future success as a member of his high school Beta Club and as President of his local Future Farmers of America chapter. He won the State Farmer Award his senior year.
Following high school and three years of service to our country in the U.S. Air Force, Byron entered N.C. State University in 1949 and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Poultry Science. He and his wife, jean, have one son, Dr. Dan Robinson of Wallace, NC; a daughter, Mrs. Carole H. Capps; and two grandchildren, June Avery Capps and Byron Earl Capps. For over 30 years, Byron has been an active member of his beloved church – Duke Memorial United Methodist.
With over forty years of valuable experience, Byron’s long career in the poultry business began in 1953 as a Poultry Extension Agent in Chatham County. Two years later, he joined the Central Carolina Farmers Exchange, Inc. in Durham, NC, as a broiler service man and progressed to the position of Processing Plant/Sales Manager in 1965. During that year, CCF became affiliated with Gold Kist Broiler Division in Durham, and Byron continued as Processing Plant Manager. In 1971, he rose to the position of North Carolina Division Manager, and he held that position until 1984, also managing a joint venture between FCX and Gold Kist. In 1984, he became the Executive Vice President of Carolina Golden Products (owned by Gold Kist) in Durham, NC, and he held that title until 1985. In 1986, Byron became a Consultant for Golden Poultry in Durham, NC. Rounding out his long career, he served as a Poultry Extension Area Agent from 1988-93 for Chatham, Randolph, Moore, and Richmond Counties.
Byron Hawkins is one of the true pioneers in our poultry food industry. Among his many innovative contributions and visionary technique refinements, he helped originate and develop the bulk weighing procedure for poultry received at processing plants; he worked with researchers at NCSU to develop a scientific procedure now commonly used for figuring weights to accommodate shrinking in trucking live poultry; he coordinated grant funds for a study that resulted in a significant reduction of the amount of water required to process birds; and he was one of the first industry persons to ship poultry using dry ice.
Byron has been an active leader in our poultry industry, having served for more than ten years as President of our N.C. Poultry Processors Association; as a Past President of the Southeastern Poultry Processors Council; as a member of the N.C. Poultry Federation’s Board of Directors and as its 1977-78 President; and as the 1974 Chairman of the National Chicken Cooking Contest – the first in North Carolina – among many other active roles.
Byron’s strong leadership capabilities have also been recognized and utilized by his local community. For twenty years, he has served as a Trustee of Durham Technical Community College having assumed that leadership role through appointments from former Governor Bob Scott and Governor James B. Hunt, jr. Other local leadership roles and areas of community service include: the Tobaccoland Kiwanis Club; the Jaycees; the Agricultural Extension Advisory Council; the Agricultural Advisory Council; the NCSU Alumni Association; and, for more than ten years, as President of the Durham County NCSU Wolfpack Club.
In honor of his numerous contributions to the growth and development of our poultry industry, the Officers and Directors of the North Carolina Poultry Federation are very pleased to induct Byron Kenneth Hawkins into the North Carolina Poultry Hall of Fame.
Herman Connor Kennett, Jr., was born in Durham, NC, on April 16, 1932. He attended North Carolina State University where he received a B.S. degree in Poultry Science in 1954. Following his graduation, he served two years in the U.S. Army before joining the Standardization Branch of USDA, Poultry Division, Agricultural Marketing Service, as a poultry marketing specialist in 1956. His work at the time involved the development of standards and grades for poultry, eggs, and products thereof, as well as the development and implementation of egg and poultry inspection programs. He was also deeply involved with the development and implementation of the mandatory USDA Poultry Products Inspection Act of 1957.
In 1962, he was promoted to Assistant Branch Chief, and in 1966 to Branch Chief of the Standardization Branch. In 1967, he moved to become the Deputy Director, Poultry Division AMS-USDA. In that position he administe#A20000 nation-wide voluntary poultry and egg grading, standardization activities, voluntary egg products inspection, mandatory poultry inspection, national poultry market news service, and the purchase of poultry and egg products for the national school lunch and feeding programs for the needy. He also played an important role in the development and implementation of the mandatory Egg Products Inspection Act of 1970.
In 1973, Connor was promoted to Director of the USDA Poultry division AMS-USDA. He served in that capacity until October 31, 1988 – the longest tenure of any Poultry division Director. In that capacity, his responsibilities included those duties mentioned above, except that mandatory inspection of poultry was transferredto APHIS in the late l960’s, and oversight of a mandatory egg check-off program for eggs was added to the agency’s responsibility during 1974. He was also involved in the development and implementation of the Egg Research and Consumer Information Act in 1974.
In addition to his duties with USDA, Connor was a true friend of the U.S. and North Carolina poultry industries. He worked at length with industry, governmental agencies and the Congress to develop necessary and needed programs that helped the industry and the eventual consumers of egg and poultry products.
Connor received many awards during his distinguished career including USDA certificates of Merit in eight different years, USDA Superior Service Awards in 1960 and 1977, and the Presidential Award as a “Meritorious Executive” in 1982. He has received distinguished service awards from numerous poultry organizations including: American Egg board, Maryland Egg Council, Georgia Poultry Federation, National Broiler Council, Southeastern Egg and Poultry Association, Pacific Egg and Poultry Association, and United Egg Producers. He holds an honorary membership in the National Turkey Federation, and a scholarship was established in his name in 1988 for a deserving Poultry Science student at NC State University. Connor was inducted into the American Poultry Historical Society’s Poultry Hall of Fame at the Southeastern Poultry and Egg Association’s meeting in January, 1992.
H. Connor Kennett, Jr. was a true pioneer in the U.S. and North Carolina poultry industries, and the North Carolina Poultry Federation is pleased to honor him on this the 16th day of August, 1997 as a member of the North Carolina Poultry Hall of Fame.
Franklin Parsons Perdue was born on the Delmarva Peninsula in 1920, the same year his father, Arthur W. Perdue, built a chicken coop, bought 23 Leghorn pullets at a total cost of`$5.00, and entered the table egg business. Young Frank was raised in a hard-working, visionary family, while his father labored to establish a business in Salisbury, Maryland, the area’s main commercial center in the 1920s.
Frank’s first hands-on venture into the poultry business came at the age of ten when Ire was given 50 laying hens to oversee, culls from his fathers flock. Under Frank’s care, the hens produced well and earned him $10 to $20 per month. Later, following graduation from high school, Frank attended a local area college for two years and then joined the family business in 1939. Beginning with just three employees, including Frank and his father, the family business grew and evolved from selling table eggs to hatching and growing broilers.
In 1950, when Frank Perdue took over the leadership of the family Business, the company, with its 40 employees, had grown into one of the largest chicken businesses on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The company steadily continued to grow; and in 1968, Frank decided to market his own brand of chicken. This prompted the company’s first advertising campaign, successfully initiated on New York City radio. Television and other forms of advertising followed, gaining the Perdue name broad recognition. Frank later became Perdue’s on-camera spokesperson, clearly capturing on film his deep and heartfelt belief in his products. The rest is history.
Now, Perdue Farms is the third largest integrated poultry producer in the country, marketing to almost -10% of the nation’s population. It employs nearly 18,000 associates in Maryland, Delaware, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Indiana, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Several thousand farm families are associated with Perdue Farms, many depending on the company for their own full-time incomes, others for a stable supplement to their incomes.
Today, Frank’s son, Jim Perdue, is Chairman of the Board of Perdue Farms, the Third Generation of Perdues to head the family business. In January of 1995, Jim’s responsibilities as chairman expanded when franks passed the torch of company advertising spokesperson to is son, having made 175 commercials over a period of 24 years. Frank’s overall business philosophy was and is simple: “I was always interested in being the best rather than the biggest.” Therefore, while he methodically built one of the most progressive food companies in America, Frank also found time to be heavily involved in poultry industry affairs and activities. He served on the board of directors of the National Broiler Council and the Delmarva Poultry Industry (DPI). He has endowed Salisbury State University with funding to establish the Perdue schools of business, and he served for five years on the Board of Regents of the University of Maryland. In keeping with one of Frank’s greatest loves- baseball- he was instrumental in bringing the Class A Delmarva Shorebirds baseball ream to Salisbury in 1996, also building a stadium there in honor of his father, Arthur W. Perdue.
In North Carolina, Frank Perdue is certainly well known and respected, having spent more than 40 years working with farmers and growers to build his business. Frank surrounded himself with associates who recognized the opportunities offe#A20000 by the State of North Carolina: rural settings and expansive farmland able to support and maintain a fast-growing poultry business. Frank attributes the success of Perdue Farms in North Carolina to the strong work ethic, energy and enthusiasm of its people; to the state’s favorable climate for business, as well as farming; and to its location and proximity to major northeastern markets. Frank remains active in Perdue Farms, currently serving as Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors.
Through his keen vision, passion for quality and ability to create marketplace demand, Frank Perdue has become an enduring symbol of entrepreneurial success. His driving work ethic and approach to marketing opportunities are legendary, having transformed a small family farming operation into a multi-billion dollar agricultural complex. Today, Perdue Farms’ enviable success story fills many pages in business and marketing textbooks.
In honor of his numerous contributions to the growth and development of North Carolina’s and the nation’s poultry food industry the Officers and Directors of the North Carolina Poultry Federation are very pleased to induct Franklin Parsons Perdue into the North Carolina Poultry Hall of Fame.August 28. I998
Marvin Johnson was born into a hard-working, close-knit rural farm family in Southeastern North Carolina during the time of the Great Depression. In 1942, he graduated from Rose Hill High School and joined the Merchant Marines in 1944, where l1e served until 1946. He married the former Grace Powell in 1951 and, together, he and Grace raised tour children. Marvin is now the proud grandfather of twelve grandchildren. His beloved wife, Grace, passed away in February of 1996.
As a young man, Marvin and his brother, Bizzell, began their successful venture into the poultry business selling live turkeys on the streets of Rose Hill. The turkeys had been raised on the farm of their parents, Nash and Mary Sue Johnson. Operating in 1955 as Nash Johnson and Sons’ lnc., Nash Johnson and his two sons, Marvin and Bizzell, built the first feed mill in Rose Hill, NC. In 1959, with surplus capacity from the mill, the Johnson family expanded their business to include a chicken hatchery and grow-out operation. They became part owners in 1962 of Rose Hill Poultry, a chicken processing plant in Rose Hill, NC. That same year, they also became part owners of a turkey processing plant in Raeford, NC. In 1967, the Johnsons became the sole owners of Rose Hill Poultry, and in 1974, under the Johnsons’ sole leadership, Raeford Turkey Farms became known as the House of Raeford. During the years that followed, Rose Hill poultry became part of the House of Raeford Farms, lnc.; and in 1988, the company’s breaded specialty product plant opened in Hemingway, South Carolina.
In 1991, the Johnsons built a new feed mill – the largest in the country. That same year, Maryin’s son, Bob Johnson, became Vice President of the House of Raeford Fanns, lnc. The Johnsons further expanded their operations in 1992 with the opening of a specialty products plant in Athens, Michigan. As the poultry industry continued to grow throughout North Carolina and the nation, the House of Raeford had positioned itself by 1993 as the 12m largest privately owned company in North Carolina. In 1996, the House of Raeford opened a new 243,000 square foot further-processing plant and distribution center in Raeford, NC. This year, the House of Raeford purchased Columbia Farms in South Carolina, adding in 1998 an additional 195 million pounds of chicken to its sales base.
Currently, Marvin Johnson is Chairman and Owner of both the House of Raeford Farms, lnc. and Nash Johnson & Sons` Farms, lnc. Under Maryin’s strong leadership, the House of Raeford now employs approximately 4,500 associates and is aggressively postured  for a very positive future.
While Marvin’s vision and insight steadily helped build the House of Raeford into one of North Carolina’s premier business operations, he truly helped pioneer and build the turkey industry in Eastern North Carolina, as well as the entire poultry food industry across the state of North Carolina and the nation; Through the years, Marvin served as President of the N. C. Turkey Federation, the N. C. Poultry Federation, the National Turkey Federation, and the Southeastern Poultry & Egg Association – now known as the U. S. Poultry & Egg Association – the largest poultry organization in the world.
Always taking time to participate in and support worthy causes, Marvin has been active in NCSU’s Wolfpack Club; active in the North Carolina Republican Party; has served on the State Board of Agriculture; is a member of Rose Hill Methodist Church; and has been one of the principal sponsors of the noted North Carolina Turkey Festival held annually in Raeford. Well known for his vision, his keen insight, his use of good common sense, and his wit and humor, Marvin is revered by his family, friends, peers, and business associates alike as one of the most remarkable entrepreneurs and men of our time.
In honor of his numerous contributions to the growth and development of North Carolina’s poultry food industry, the Officers and Directors of the North Carolina Poultry Federation are very pleased to induct E. Marvin Johnson into the North Carolina Poultry Hall of Fame.August 28, 1998
Louis Maxwell was born in Goldsboro, North Carolina, in January 1927, the youngest of two children. He graduated from Goldsboro School in 1944 and attended Davidson College. After a year and a half in the Navy, at the end of World War II, he attended UNC-Chapel Hill and graduated in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce. He married the former Mary Ann Jeffreys in 1952 and they had four children, three daughters and a son Louis and Mary Ann are the proud grandparents of six grandchildren.
Founded in 1916 by his grandfather, Goldsboro Milling Company has been a part of Louis’ life since birth. Originally, Goldsboro Milling produced corn meal and grits, and later poultry, hog and dairy feeds under the Diamond Feeds brand. Most of these products were distributed through wholesale grocers and “country stores.” Early on, Louis made the rounds of customers as a salesman of Diamond Feeds.
The story goes that Louis earned the admiration of other employees and customers because he worked harder than anyone, was scrupulously honest, and was respectful of everyone with whom he came in contact. This admiration continues to this day, having now become earned respect, not only from his employees, but his contemporaries in the business and political communities of our state.
At the young age of 53, Big Louis, as his father was affectionately known, passed away leaving Louis and his uncles, john and Gordon Sr., to pursue the business. Both uncles soon retired, and Louis and Billy Shepard continued to serve as salesmen, office managers, feed millers and anything else needing to be done.
Louis Maxwell will tell you he and Billy Shepard convinced his uncles to let them try chickens, hogs, turkeys or anything else that might provide income; because the feed business was drying up and they had mouths to feed. He will also tell you they failed in some of these endeavors. But, with some advice from Marvin Johnson, the turkey business stuck.
Goldsboro Milling Company and its related companies have become one of the largest fully integrated turkey operations in the world, employing 3,500 associates. In partnership with Smithfield Foods, Goldsboro Milling produces over 450 million pounds of turkey products and over 325 million pounds of hogs. In addition, the company is a major landowner in North Carolina and Florida and has extensive timber interests.
Though still fully active in the business, Louis does hunt a little more, fish a little more, and try to shave a stroke or two off his golf game. The third generation with Louis’ cousin, Gordon, and the fourth generation with his son and sons-in-law, along with Gordon’s son-in-law are continuing the company’s growth on a day-to-day basis. Though involvement in local civic affairs has slowed in recent years, Louis is still recognized as an important voice and participant in the continued welfare and growth of Goldsboro and Wayne County.
Louis Maxwell’s greatest assets are his vision, his honesty, and his understanding of human frailties. His family, friends, peers and business associates alike know him on a straightforward basis · what you see is what he is.
In honor of his numerous contributions to the growth and development of North Carolina’s  Poultry Food Industry, the Officers and Directors of the North Carolina Poultry Federation are proud and pleased to induct James Louis Maxwell, jr. into the North Carolina Poultry Hall of Fame.August 20, 1999
John W. Hamby, Jr. was born in Surry County, NC. His family later moved to Rowan County, where they operated a dairy farm and grew cotton, tobacco and grain. Upon graduating from Mount Ulla High School, Hamby joined the Navy and served his country as a Gunner’s Mate in the Pacific during World War II. When he returned from the War, he attended Mars Hill College and later graduated from N. C. State University in 1951 with a degree in Agriculture. While attending NCSU, he was a member of Kappa Phi Kappa Honorary Fraternity, and he served as Vice President of NCSU’s Chapter of the Future Farmers of America.
Hamby married the former Mildred Ingram of Statesville, NC, and the couple had two children: Linn Hamby Lopez, now a teacher in the Durham Public Schools System; and Dr. Mike P. Hamby, now a dentist in Fuquay-Varina. John was a devoted grandfather to his beloved grandchildren, John Duncan Hamby and Mary Alexandra Hamby.
John Hamby began his professional career teaching Vocational Agriculture at China Grove High School in Rowan County. He later became a Marketing Specialist in poultry and eggs for the N. C. Department of Agriculture, and he served as an Extension Agent in Cleveland County. Upon accepting a position with Central Carolina Farmers as Manager of Eggs and Livestock Production, Hamby moved with CCF to Durham, NC. There, he later rose to the position of Vice President of Central Carolina Farmers. In 1980, upon the merger of CCF and FCX, Hamby became Vice President of Livestock, Poultry Production, and Marketing for FCX. Until his retirement in 1986, Hamby served as Operations Manager of the North Carolina Division of Gold Kist Eggs.
Throughout his many years of loyal service to the poultry food industry, John Hamby was always looking for new ideas and innovative ways to help refine and improve North Carolina’s egg production and processing. Two of his most significant contributions were the concepts of caged poultry houses and egg pasteurization.
Though much of his life was devoted to agriculture and the poultry food industry, to John, his family and his church always came first. Hamby was a faithful member of the First Presbyterian Church in Durham, NC, where he served as an Elder and a Deacon. He also served as Chairman of First Presbyterian Board of Deacons, as Church Treasurer, and as Chairman of the Finance and Every Member Canvass Committees.
Throughout his long years of service to both the poultry food industry and to agriculture, Hamby always gave generously of his time and his talents. A few of the many leadership roles he held include: Member of the Board of Directors of the Southeastern Poultry 8: Egg Association (now the U. S. Poultry & Egg Association); Chairman of the Egg Advisory Committee for the NY Mercantile Exchange; Chairman of the N. C. Poultry Council; Chairman of the N. C. Egg Marketing Association; President of the N. C. Poultry Federation; Appointment by the U. S. Secretary of Agriculture to four terms on the American Egg Board; President of the North American Poultry Association; Advisory Board Member to Dean Legates at NCSU’s School of Agriculture and Life Sciences; and the 1986 Chairmanship to Dean Bateman’s Advisory ~ Committee at NCSU’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Hamby also received numerous honors through the years, such as the Commissioner of Agriculture Award in 1983 for outstanding contributions to both the North Carolina Egg Industry and the North Carolina Egg Marketing Association; and an Honorary Membership into NCSU’s Gamma Sigma Delta Fraternity in 1986, among others. John’s vigor and enthusiasm also enabled him to contribute significantly to many community and civic organizations, such as the Durham Lions Club; the Triangle Community Development Association; the State Vocational Advisory Board; and the UNC Dental School Foundation.
John W. Hamby Jr. was indeed a lasting and vital part of the growth and development of North Carolina’s entire poultry food industry, and the North Carolina Poultry Federation is pleased to honor his contributions and his memory by inducting him posthumously into the North Carolina Poultry Hall of Fame on this the 20*** day of August, 1999.
Don Tyson was born in Olathe, Kansas, in 1930 and moved with his parents, John and Mild#A20000 Tyson, to Northwest Arkansas in 1931. Following his early education in the Springdale Public Schools, Don furthe#A20000 his education at the Kemper Military Academy in Booneville, Missouri, and the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Don is the proud father of three children – a son, John, and two daughters, Carla and Cheryl.
Don Tyson’s stellar career in the poultry business began in 1952 when he joined his Father’s poultry operation, then known as Tyson’s Feed and Hatchery. From 1952 until 1958, Don and his Father worked very closely developing and building their poultry feed and live production business. That dedication and hard work lead to the opening of their first poultry processing plant on Randall Road in Springdale, I Arkansas, in 1958. With this venture, Tyson’s Feed and Hatchery became the first fully integrated poultry firm in Arkansas, and Don Tyson was the company’s first plant manager. Under the leadership of John W. Tyson, the company bought Garrett Poultry in Rogers, Arkansas, in 1963, which proved to be the first of many future acquisitions. That year also saw the initial public offering of stock in the newly named company—Tyson Foods, Inc.In January of 1967, tragedy befell the Tyson Family with the untimely death of John W. Tyson and his wife, Helen, due to a fatal automobile-train collision. That life-altering event propelled the leadership role of Tyson Foods, Inc. directly into the capable hands—at age 36—of Don Tyson. Under Don’s strong and steady leadership, Tyson Foods, Inc. further expanded in 1967 by acquiring Franz Foods in Green Forest, Arkansas, making that facility the third plant to be operated by Tyson Foods.Under the careful eye and strong leadership of Don Tyson as Chairman, President and CEO of Tyson Foods, Inc., the company grew internally over the next 25 years and completed 23 more acquisitions of poultry and other food processing facilities. In 1994, Tyson Foods became the 1l0″‘ largest manufacturing company on the Fortune 500 listing.When Don stepped down as Chairman of the Board of Tyson Foods, Inc. in April of 1995 and assumed the role of Senior Chairman, Tyson Foods was the world’s largest producer, processor and marketer of poultry and poultry-based food products. Don’s son, John Tyson, now serves as Tyson Foods’ Chairman of the Board, President and CEO. The company currently produces, processes and markets 45 million chickens per week. With sales of other products, Tyson’s combined revenues in 1999 totaled $7.2 billion. Worldwide, the current Tyson team numbers 65,000 associates. Tyson Foods operates 70 food processing facilities in 17 states.In North Carolina, the name Tyson Foods, Inc. is certainly well-known and respected as both an industry if pioneer and a solid industry leader. It currently operates facilities in Wilkesboro, Monroe, Sanford, Harmony, Creswell, and Fayetteville, North Carolina, and employs statewide over 5,000 team members. A key component in the success of Tyson’s commitment to consistently provide only the highest quality food products for its consumers is the close relationship it maintains with its 600 grower families spanning eight North Carolina counties. Tyson Foods provides jobs and a steady income to thousands of North Carolina citizens and positively impacts the state’s overall economy, contributing to the success of many allied industries, as well.In honor of Don Tyson’s vision, his pioneering spirit, and his exemplary leadership skills in propelling Tyson Foods, Inc. into a model of entrepreneurial success; and in honor of his numerous contributions to the growth and development of the poultry food industry in both North Carolina and the nation, the Officers and Directors of the North Carolina Poultry Federation are very pleased to induct Don Tyson into the North Carolina Poultry Hall of Fame.August 18, 2000

Robert S. “Bob” Erwin, Jr. grew up in Hickory, NC, and attended Hickory High School. He continued his formal education at Davidson College in Davidson, NC, where he graduated in 1952. Bob then joined the U.S. Army and served our country for two years. The Korean War ended just as Bob was traveling there for service, so he was afforded the special opportunity to spend one year of his military service in northern Japan in the ski troops. Bob was discharged from the Army in 1954 as a 1* Lieutenant in the Infantry.

Upon his return home nom military service, Bob married the former Sara Breeden, and their union resulted in two sons and six grandchildren. Their oldest son, John, is a partner in a law firm in Raleigh, NC, where he lives with his wife and four children; and their younger son, Charlie, is the owner of Ham’s Restaurant chain and other related businesses, and he lives in Greensboro with this wife and two children. Bob and Sara spent their first year of marriage in Charlotte, NC, working for Commercial Credit. In 1955, they moved to Morganton, NC, where Bob joined Breeden Poultry, the business started by his lather-in-law, RT. Breeden, Sr. Shortly after joining the company, Bob became President of B and L Feed, which was the feed and grow-out division of Breeden Poultry. When R. T. Breeden, Sr. passed away in 1961, R. T. Breeden, Jr. served as President of Breeden Poultry. In 1955, the time Bob joined the business, most of the chickens Breeden. Poultry processed were purchased from hatcheries, feed dealers, and feed mills. By 1964, the company constructed a hatchery and feed mill, and Bob supervised the growth and eventual total integration of the company over the following years. In 1988, B and L Feed and Breeden Poultry were sold to Case Farms owned by Mr. Tom Shelton. Bob has continued as a valued consultant for Case Farms since 1988.

In addition to his active service as President of the Carolina Feed Industry Association, Bob also served as a member of the initial Board of Directors of the North Carolina Poultry Federation, and he became the second President of the Federation, serving a 1969-70 term. Bob was very active on the Federation’s Public Affairs Committee, and he helped extensively in the Federation’s fund-raising efforts. He, along with Dennis Ramsey and Paul Morgan, was a key part of the committee that hired Ed Woodhouse as the Poultry Federation’s Executive Director. Bob also served for nine years on the Board of the American Feed Industry Association, where his experience and business acumen greatly contributed to his duties as Budget Chairman for the Association.

Bob and Sara have been very active in their local Methodist Church. Among many areas of dedicated service, Bob’s contributions include loyal service as a Sunday School teacher, Finance Chairman, Chairman of a special fund-raising campaign for a church building addition, and service as an Eagle Scout and exemplary role model, himself- as a Scout Leader. Another highlight of his numerous contributions to church service includes the Erwins being active members of a special building team that traveled to Mexico to help with the construction of a church.

Bob’s many contributions to his community and to local professional and civic organizations include the following: serving for nine years as a Trustee and Development Committee Chair for the Methodist Children’s Home in Winston-Salem, NC; serving on the Board of the Givens Estate Methodist Retirement Home in Asheville, NC; serving on the Board of Grace Hospital in Morganton, NC; serving on the Board of the Senator Sam J. Ervin, Jr. Library at Western Piedmont Community College in Morganton; and serving as a Director of the First Union National Bank, also in Morganton.

Among Bob’s fondest personal hobbies and recreational pursuits are a keen interest in history, with an emphasis on the Civil War; photography; tennis; t1y·tishing; and traveling. Since 1988, Bob and Sara have, in fact, been able to actively pursue and enjoy their lifelong ambition to travel extensively. They have planned and taken many exciting trips, including a recent 3-week journey to China. Over the last few years, Bob has also enjoyed fly-fishing in both Alaska and Patagonia. V Bob went hiking and camping around Mt. Everest in 1999, and the Erwins have thoroughly enjoyed, as well, many wonderful trips through the years with their children and grandchildren.

In honor of Robert S. “Bob” Erwin’s pioneering spirit, exemplary leadership skills, and numerous contributions to the growth and development of North Carolina’s poultry food industry, the Officers and Directors of the North Carolina Poultry Federation are very pleased to induct him into the North Carolina Poultry Hall of Fame, this the 17th day of August, A 2001.

John Anthony Guglielmi was born in Highland Park, Illinois in 1939. John was the younger of two sons of an Italian immigrant father and a first generation American born Italian mother. Upon completing high school in Illinois, John attended Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, where he played football for two years. It was at Duke University that John met his future wife, Chiquita Murray, of Mocksville, NC, who is the daughter of North Carolina Poultry Hall of Fame member, Malcolm Harry Murray. John currently resides with Chiquita in Bermuda Run, NC. John has two children and seven grandchildren.
Upon finishing at Duke University in 1961, John’s career in the poultry business began with a training program at Holly Farms Poultry Industries in Wilkesboro, NC. John worked for several departments at Holly Farms during the training program, including Hatchery Operations, Grow Out Management and Sales. In 1966 Holly Farms relocated John to Mocksville, NC, where he learned the commodity purchasing aspect of the poultry business under the mentoring of M.H. Murray.
During the late 1960s and early 1970s, John became involved in local and state politics. John worked diligently to educate policy makers on the needs of the poultry industry and to temper regulations that affected the industry. It was also during this same time period that John became active in die North Carolina Poultry Federation and the North Carolina Feed Manufacturers Association, quickly rising to leadership positions in both associations. John moved through the Chairs of the North Carolina Poultry Federation and became the Federation President in 1974.
In 1976, Holly Farms moved John back to Wilkesboro to head up the corporation’s Commodity Purchasing Department. The Department was challenged with the task of centralizing commodity purchasing for all of Holly Farms’ feed manufacturing facilities in North Carolina, Virginia, and Texas. John’s success in leading the Commodity Purchasing Department resulted in his promotion to Vice President of the Corporation and his later being named to Holly Farms’ Executive Committee.
The late 1970s and early 1980s saw a series of presidential and congressional actions that lead to the deregulation of a large segment of the transportation industry. Of major interest to the poultry industry, railroads and interstate trucking were deregulated, which resulted in a greater reliance on the market to produce quality service at reasonable prices for the movement of freight. John took a lead role as Chairman of the Traffic Committee for the Southeastern Poultry & Egg Association (now U.S. Poultry & Egg Association) and spearheaded the Association’s work with Congress and the United States Department of Transportation. As Traffic Committee Chairman, John also supported the poultry industry in monitoring transportation rates, surcharges, and cost effectiveness of trucking and rail. The Traffic Committee under John’s leadership commissioned a study to measure the short term and long term effects of deregulation that was used for many years as a blueprint for future actions of the Association.
John’s tremendous efforts and leadership in the poultry industry earned him Southeastern Poultry & Egg Association’s highest award in 1978’s “Workhorse of the Year.” Soon after, John was elected to the Board of Directors and later to the Executive Committee of Southeastern Poultry & Egg Association.
John continued his statewide representation of the poultry industry as a member of the North Carolina Board of Agriculture. John worked closely with North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Jim Graham, advising him on regulations and policies affecting the poultry industry. In 1982, John was elected President of Southeastern Poultry & Egg Association. In his role as President, John’s focus turned to Washington, D.C. Agriculture Secretary John Block became a focal point of John’s lobbying efforts to ensure that the poultry industry was being fairly represented in Washington.
As active as he was in his representation of the poultry industry, John never lost sight of his commitment to his community. John is a past member of the Mocksville Jaycees, as well as a member of the Masons. In Wilkesboro, John was a member of Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church, serving on the church’s vestry as both Junior and Senior Warden. John also served on the Foundation Board of the Diocese of Western North Carolina.
In honor of his numerous contributions, dedicated service, and tireless work on behalf of the poultry food industry, the Officers and Directors of the North Carolina Poultry Federation are very pleased to induct John Anthony Guglielmi into the North Carolina Poultry Hall of Fame, this the 17th day of August, 2001.
John Henry Hendrick was born April 5, 1923, and grew up in a loving family with his parents, four brothers, and six sisters on a cotton farm near Fallston, North Carolina. John graduated from high school in 1941, and married Osteen Spurling on October 3, 1942. The Hendricks has three daughters, Lynda, Carol Ami, and Barbara.
John was drafted into the army during World War II, and sixteen weeks after leaving home, he was on the front lines at the Battle of the Bulge. He attained the rank of Platoon Sergeant and, in 1946, came home with three battle stars.
After the war, John purchased some land from his father, built a house and began farming. In 1949, he began his turkey operation with 500 poults, and by 1992 he was producing 350,000 turkeys annually. The Hendricks quickly became one of the most successful family turkey operations in the nation.
Over the years, John has played a major role in the development of the poultry industry locally, regionally and nationally. As a long-time president of the Cleveland County Poultry Council, he has worked with the Agricultural Extension Service to bring educational programs to the county for poultry producers. He has been active in supporting F FA poultry judging teams, Cleveland County Fair poultry exhibits, and a poultry judging contest for youth. In 1993, John was elected to the Cleveland County Poultry Hall of Fame.
John has served as President of the North Carolina Turkey Federation, 1979-80; President of the North Carolina Poultry Federation, 1981; Executive Committee of the National Turkey Federation, 1981 -83; and President of the National Turkey Federation, 1984. For many years, John has chaired the entertainment committee for the Federation banquet, and in 1996, the North Carolina Poultry Federation honored John with its Distinguished Service Award for his long service to the organization.
As president of the National Turkey Federation, he emphasized nutritional education programs for consumers. He worked with university officials in many states to develop new turkey products and to search for ways to eradicate avian disease in poultry. He helped move the industry from the whole bird concept by offering more variety of product–from drumsticks, thighs, breasts and giblets to turkey salami, bologna and hot dogs, cooked and uncooked.
As a leader in his community, John has served as chairman of the Board of Directors of First Citizens Bank in Shelby, a member of the Cleveland County Fair Board of Directors, and a member of the Board of Trustees of Gardner Webb University. He has served his church, Pleasant Grove Baptist, as a deacon and Sunday School Director.
John is known for his strong devotion to his family and his leadership in agricultural, business, community, and church activities. He retired in 1988 from lull time activity in the poultry industry.
John has served the North Carolina Poultry Federation and the state poultry industry in many capacities. Because of his many years of service to the industry and the Federation, and because of his pioneering spirit as an industry leader, the North Carolina Poultry Federation is please to induct John Henry Hendrick into the North Carolina Poultry Hall of Fame on August 16.

Dr. Robert E. “Bob” Cook was born on August 26, 1927, and was reared on a general livestock farm near Spencer, West Virginia. During high school, he was active in 4-H and served as the State FFA President. Bob entered West Virginia University where he received a B. S. degree in Agricultural Education in 1949. Prior to serving in the U.S. army during the Korean conflict, he was employed by the International Harvester Company. After being discharged from the Army, he taught Vocational Agriculture for one year before entering graduate school at West Virginia University where he received his Master’s degree in Animal Science. He then entered NC State University where he completed his Ph.D. degree in poultry genetics in 1958.

On September 1, 1958, Dr. Cook joined the Department of Poultry Science at the University of Florida in Gainesville as an Assistant Professor. In the fall of 1961, he moved to become the Coordinator of the USDA’s Southern Regional Poultry Genetics Project. From 1964-1965, Bob worked exclusively for USDA as Leader of Genetic Investigations. In 1965, he entered his first university administrative position as the Chair of the Department of Poultry Science at The Ohio State University, in Columbus, Ohio. In 1969, he became head of the Department of Poultry science at NC State. During his Department tenure at NC State, he served on numerous state, industry and university committees and on a number of Department evaluation teams for the USDA.

In 1985, Dr. Cook was appointed as an Assistant director of the NC Agricultural Research Service. He served in that capacity until 1986, when he was named as the Assistant Dean for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. One of his primary duties while serving as Assistant Dean was to work directly with the North Carolina Legislature to address the research and extension needs of the College and Agriculture in general. He reti#A20000 from active service at NC State on September 30, 1992. Retirement was not, however, the end of Dr. Cook’s contributions to North Carolina agriculture. He has actively worked with the NC Poultry Federation in many capacities since his retirement, and in 1997 was appointed by then Governor James B. Hunt to serve as a member of the North Carolina Environmental Management Commission. He served tirelessly on that commission to represent agriculture and the animal industries viewpoints on proposed environmental regulations. He retired from the Commission in 2001.

During his tenure as Department Head at NC State, both the Department and the North Carolina Poultry Industry grew at phenomenal rates. Although no one person is responsible for such growth, Bob’s leadership and untiring efforts on behalf of the Department’s extension, teaching and research programs played a key role. Based on his leadership, the Department became one of the premier educational units of its kind in the world.

During his tenure as Assistant Dean, Dr. Cook was one of those who was instrumental in working with the poultry industry and the NC Legislature to fund the renovation and doubling of the size of Scott Hall, the home of the Poultry Science Department at NC State. That accomplishment was instrumental in the continued success of the poultry teaching, research and extension programs at NC State.

Dr. Cook has received numerous honors over the years, a few of which include: An Achievement Award horn the Ohio Poultry & Livestock Industry, 1969; the Golden egg Award from the North Carolina Egg Marketing Association, 1974; Distinguished Service Awards from the North Carolina Poultry Federation, 1971 and 1983; a Certificate of Merit from Phi Kappa Phi, 1984; a Distinguished Service Award from the North Carolina Egg Marketing Association, 1986; and the “Workhorse of the Year” Award from the Southeastern Poultry and Egg Association in 1990. He was also very active in a number of industry and scientific associations, and he served as a Board member and President of the Poultry Science Association in 1976-77 and as Vice president of the USA Branch of the World’s Poultry Science Association from 1984-1988. He was named as a Fellow of the Poultry Science Association in 1981.

The poultry industry, both within and without North Carolina, have greatly benefited from the leadership of Dr. Robert Cook, and it is our pleasure to place him into the North Carolina Poultry Hall of Fame on this the 16th day of August, 2002.

On August 8, 2003, Wyatt Upchurch looked back at a career in the poultry business that spanned half a century. His contributions to the state of North Carolina go far beyond the poultry industry, because his leadership has extended to many different community and public service roles.
Wyatt Gray Upchurch was born in Lee County, North Carolina. His values – hard work, family, community, public service – were shaped on his family’s farm. His childhood was during the era when tobacco was king. Even so, Wyatt soon blazed a trail in a different line of agribusiness: the production of turkeys. Upon graduation from high school in 1953, he took courses in poultry science and agricultural economics at N.C. State University, and during that time he also worked as an inspector for the USDA. He also met and married his wife, Mary Garner.
In 1959, Wyatt became eastern sales manager for a Chicago-based company, Priebe Poultry. Constant travel and a desire to steer his own course led him to join the Upchurch Milling Company and its Upchurch Turkey Farms. The parent company, though sharing Wyatt’s name, was unrelated to him or his family. In 1972, Wyatt, along with his wife Mary, purchased Upchurch Turkey’s breeder operation and hatchery outright, and formed a new company: Tar Heel Turkey Hatchery. Based in Raeford, the new company immediately took on a key investor when Carroll’s Foods (now Smithfield Foods) bought a share of the hatchery. The inclusion of Carroll’s guaranteed a market for the new company’s product, and was the beginning of strategic partnership that continues to endure some 31 years later.
Tar Heel Hatchery began with two incubators and two offices – one for Wyatt, one for Mary. After several expansions, the company now occupies multiple buildings, including a large office complex built in 1993. Annual production currently totals 16 million eggs and 12 million poults, and the company has 200 employees. Tar Heel Hatchery has always maintained the strictest health, safety and security standards, utilizing state-of-the-art techniques in protecting its products and workers.
Wyatt Upchurch’s leadership in the poultry industry has been felt far beyond Hoke County and North Carolina. In 1990, as part of his long association with the North Carolina Turkey Federation and the National Turkey Federation, both of which he served as president, Wyatt had the distinction of presenting the official “holiday” turkey to President George H.W. Bush on the White House lawn. Closer to home, Wyatt exemplifies the finest traditions of community service. He served for a decade on the Hoke County Board of Commissioners, seven of those years as chairman. He chai#A20000 the Board of the Lumber River Council of Governments, which saluted Wyatt’s leadership by giving its Calvin Haggins Award to him two years running. Since 1995, his service as a Director of North Carolina’s Southeast Commission has helped attract jobs and investment to an eleven-county region stretching from Richmond County to the Atlantic Ocean.
Wyatt Upchurch is also an avid supporter of education. On October 1, 2001, the ribbon was cut on Upchurch Hall, a 10,000 square·fo0t facility that is the cornerstone of Sandhills Community College’s Raeford campus. The $1.8 million structure sits on a 10-acre lot purchased by Mary and Wyatt that they donated to the college. Wyatt is also a man of strong faith, sewing as Deacon and Elder of the Raeford Presbyterian Church. Amazingly, none of Wyatt’s many business and community roles have come at the expense of his family. Next year, Wyatt and Mary celebrate their Golden Anniversary, and their union is stronger that ever. The couple’s daughter Jodi, son-in-law Wayne and two granddaughters, Megan and Catherine, are central to their lives. Another son, Jeff, was taken tragically from Wyatt and Mary in 1976 after a valiant struggle with cancer. In the little spare time he reserves for himself, Wyatt enjoys fishing, golf and travel.
With his sharp mind, tireless work ethic and business acumen, Wyatt Upchurch might have pursued any number of careers in any number of places. The poultry industry in North Carolina is fortunate that 50 years ago, he chose the path he did. It was a good day for him and a great day for us; and because of that the Officers and Directors of the North Carolina Poultry Federation are honored to name Wyatt Gray Upchurch to its Hall of Fame.August 15, 2003
Bill Prestage grew up in Michigan with two older brothers and two sisters. His father was a beer distributor in Battle Creek. Alter one year of college at Western Michigan he married his wife, Marsha, and started a family, which meant being a provider took precedence over continuing his education.
He didn’t really like the beer business, so in 1960 he took a job with Central Soya selling Master Mix feeds. He moved his young family to Spartanburg, South Carolina for his first sales territory, excelled, and moved to Fayetteville, North Carolina to cover a larger territory in 1963.
One of his customers was Mr. Ottis Carroll, and the mutual respect between the two led to an offer to be 50 percent partners in 1967. Bill accepted the offer and moved his family to Clinton, North Carolina to be closer to the  business later that same year.
The turkey operation grew and pioneered new and innovative production practices such as moving the birds inside to better control their environment and provide optimum growth opportunities. Contact production was tapped utilizing the skills of the local fanner to manage the birds while offering the local farmer a stable income and a constant bird marketing opportunity. Centralized acquisition of supplies, feed ingredients, genetic breeding, medications, veterinary services, transportation, and management support all worked together to complete a vertical integration package. Bill Prestage perfected this new way of growing turkeys and then carried these practices into the swine production business. Within a few years the company had become a significant player in both poultry and swine production.
In 1981, Bill’s long-time friend and business partner, Ottis Carroll passed away, and Bill sold his interest in Carroll’s Foods to Mr. Carroll’s family, 15 years after the partnership was formed.
Bill was now 48 years old and in August of 1983, he went right back into the turkey business with his wife, sons John and Scott, 22 employees, and 18 contract growers by acquiring the North Carolina grow-out operation of Swift. Soon he reentered swine production as well. Prestage Farms was on its way.
In 1991, Bill moved his business across North Carolina state lines by starting another swine division in the State of Mississippi, and in 1993 he continued business expansion by building his own turkey hatchery. In 1994 his son Ron joined the family business, and they started another turkey operation in the State of South Carolina. Never afraid of a new challenge, Bill Prestage and his family purchased the Rocco turkey processing plant in St. Pauls, North Carolina in the year 2000. Today Prestage Farms produces over 900 million pounds of meat per year, employs over 1,200 associates, and contracts with over 700 farm families.
The Prestage philosophy of business has been very simple from its start be fair to your employees, your growers, your colleagues, and your neighbors; don’t just meet the rules, exceed the rules; do business with good people; a business deal must be beneficial for all involved parties; and above all be competitive at everything you do. That philosophy has served the company very well.
Bill has served as President of both the North Carolina Turkey Federation and the National Turkey Federation. He has served on the Board of Directors for North Carolina Natural Gas and Smithfield Foods.
Bill’s personal interests include quall hunting, fishing, and spending time with his nine grandchildren who refer to him as “Poppy”. He owns a quail preserve in North Carolina, a hunting cabin in the upper peninsula of Michigan, and two ranches in the of Texas, all with great quail populations.
Bill’s agriculture production foresight, his honesty, his respect for people, and his use of Americas free enterprise opportunities have made him a deserving recipient for induction into the North Carolina Poultry Federation Hall of Fame.August 15, 2003
Fred Adams is a native of Mississippi. He was born and grew up in Macon, Mississippi, and graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1954. Fred’s first job out of the University was with the Ralston Purina Company where he worked in feed sales in Louisiana and Mississippi for three years. In 1957, Fred started his own poultry and egg business in Jackson, Mississippi. In 1969, he merged his business with an egg company in California and an egg company in Maine. That was the beginning of Cal-Maine Foods, Inc.
Fred’s involvement in North Carolina began in 1989 with Cal-Maine’s purchase of the egg operations of Sunny Fresh Foods, Inc. in Albemarle and Louisburg, North Carolina. The company further expanded its North Carolina operations with the purchase of Sunnyside Eggs, Inc. at Greenville, North Carolina, in 1990.
In 1996, Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. became a public company with an initial public offering of its stock. The Company is now the largest company involved with the production and marketing of fresh shell eggs in the United States, with operations in Arkansas, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah. Cal-Maine has approximately 13 percent market share in the United States. Its customers are national and regional retail chain stores and institutional distributors.Fred serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cal-Maine Foods. He has served as the Chief Executive Officer and director of Cal-Maine since its formation in 1969 and as the Chairman of its Board of Directors since 1982. he is a director and past chairman of the National Egg Company, the United Egg Producers, the Mississippi Poultry Association, U.S. Egg Marketers, Inc., and Egg Clearinghouse, Inc.Fred Adams, Jr. is and individual who has truly had major impacts over the past half century on how table eggs are produced and marketed in the United states, and because of his outstanding contributions to the north Carolina and the USA poultry industries, it is with great pleasure that the Officers and Directors of the North Carolina poultry Federation induct Fred Adams Jr. Into the North Carolina Poultry Hall of Fame.
J. B. Barnes was born in Hall County, Georgia where he grew up on a small grain and cattle farm along with one brother and sister. He attended- the local schools and following graduation from high school worked with a local company, Piedmont Sheet Metal Company, near Gainesville, GA. In 1950, during the early part of the Korean War, J. B. joined the U.S. Navy where he initially served in the Fleet Air Service Squadron. He was later transfer#A20000 to the VP 28 Patrol Squadron where he served as a crew member for a P2V patrol plane for the duration of the war. Following his discharge in 1954, J. B. returned to Georgia to work for Lockheed Aircraft. He met and married his wife Joan and became the father of Marsha, Rhonda, and Joy. In 1957, he began attending the University of Georgia at Athens, while at the same time serving, as a management trainee with Martin Feed and Poultry Company, Gainesville, GA. He graduated with a BBA in Business and a minor in poultry production in 1962, and upon his graduation was promoted to the position of complex manager for Martin Feed and Poultry.

In 1967, J. B. was hired by Hubbard Farms, one of the major broiler breeding companies, located in Walpole, NH. He and his family moved to Statesville, NC, where he assumed the role of regional hatchery manager; As the company grew and developed, J. VB. was promoted to the position of Area Production Manager for Hubbard Farms, and was assigned the responsibility of building a new modem hatchery and to change the company’s production methods from independent to contract producers for the management of Hubbard’s grandparent flocks that produced their parent stock hatching eggs. He combined the former production facilities that were located in both North and South Carolina into a single area near Statesville, NC. That project was completed in 1975. As the company continued to grow and expand, J. B. was promoted to Director of Production and Sales for Hubbard Farms for the eastern US and Canada. His goals were to improve grandparent production and hatch-ability for all of Hubbard’s facilities in his region, and to design and develop an ISO 9000 program that was compatible with all of Hubbard Farm’s units world wide to insure consistent quality control.In 1995, J.B. Helped Hubbard Purchase land in Pikeville, TN for a new grandparent complex. He oversaw the construction of a new hatchery and support facilities that were built on a very large acreage that was completely fenced to insure security and quality control. At the time this was the largest breeder complex and modern hatchery in the USA. All new growing and laying houses were constructed with all new contract producers before the hatchery was completed. An Open House with visitors from all over USA and from Europe was held in June, 1997 to celebrate the completion of the project.

J.B. has also been extremely active in industry and community organizations including: the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, Board of Directors from 1985 to present, President, 1991; the NC Poultry Federation, President 1982-83; the NC Mutual Hatchery Association, president 1972-84; the N. Wilkesboro Area Poultry Association,, President 12979-80 and 1987-88; the National Poultry Improvement Plan, General Conference Committee; the NC Agricultural Foundation Board; the NC Cooperative Extension Advisory Council; the Statesville-Iredell County School System; the Tennessee Poultry and Egg Association, and the Hubbard Charitable Foundation, where he served as Chairman until May, 2004, and continues to serve as Vice Chairman.

In August, 1997, J.B. retired from Hubbard Farms and began his own consulting business working with broiler companies around the world on production and hatching problems. He has consulted with a number of U.S integrators, as well as with companies in Zambia, Belize, Panama and the Bahamas.

Due to his outstanding contributions to the North Carolina and the USA poultry industries, it is with great pleasure that the Officers and Directors of the North Carolina Poultry Federation induct J.B. Barnes into the North Carolina Poultry Hall of Fame.

Frank R. Craig was born in Mount Holly, North Carolina, on April 6, 1921. He graduated from Mount Holly High school in 1938, attended Belmont Abby College, and later attended North Carolina State University. From 1942 to 1945, Frank Craig served in the U.S. Air Force. He · received a B.S. degree in 1946 and an MS. degree in 1952 in Agricultural Education and Poultry Science from NC State. He then transfer#red to the University of Georgia’s School of Veterinary Medicine where, in 1952, he was awarded a D.V.M. degree. Dr. Craig married the former Doris Talton, and they have two daughters, Grace and Melanie.

After completing his veterinary degree, Dr. Craig joined the Poultry Science Department at North Carolina State University where he specialized in poultry disease research. While at NCSU, he rose through the academic ranks to full professor. He also designed and oversaw the construction of what is now known as the Dearstyne Avian Disease Research Center. In 1969, Dr. Craig decided to accept an offer from Perdue, Inc., a rapidly growing broiler company, to become their Director of Health Services. In 1985, he was named to the position of Senior Vice president of Technical Services for Perdue.

Dr. Craig was extremely well known among his veterinary and industry colleagues. He received a number of awards and honors from professional organizations, and he was lauded by fellow academicians and leaders of government as one of the nation’s biggest contributors to significant progress in poultry health research and to the development and implementation of progressive poultry and meat inspection systems. Perhaps his proudest achievement was that of being selected as the first industry recipient of the United states Department of Agriculture’s highest Award, the Distinguished Service Award for outstanding public service. He was also very proud of the Distinguished Citizen Award that he received from the DELMAECA Poultry Industry Association in 1984.

Dr. Craig was a member of numerous professional and academic honor societies and served on several USDA/APHIS task forces, including one for the control of Exotic Newcastle Disease (1973-74), one for the control of Avian Influenza (1983-84), and one for the control of Salmonella enteritidis (1989), which he co-chaired. He was also a member of the USDA’s National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection from 1962-1970 and, again, from 1982-1987. He served on numerous industry and government scientific committees. He as a member of the national Broiler Council’s Scientific Committee; and was a past Director, Vice President and President of the American Association of Avian Pathologists.

Dr. Craig was respected and reve#A20000 both professionally and personally as a expert in his field, a great leader of far-reaching vision, and an exemplary gentlemen who was a wonderful friends, brother, husband, and father. It is, therefore, with great pleasure that the Officers and Directors of the North Carolina Poultry Federation induct Dr. Frank Rankin Craig into the North Carolina Poultry Hall of Fame on this 2nd day of November, 2005.

Gordon Maxwell was born in Goldsboro, North Carolina, on September 8, 1938, and has remained a life-long resident of Goldsboro. He attended Campbell Junior College and received his two year degree, before going on to North Carolina State University where he received his Bachelor of Science in Poultry Science, He married Charlotte Hodges and they are the parents of two daughters, Elizabeth and Millie, and the, proud grandparents of Millie, Graye and Ann Gordon,
Goldsboro Milling Company was founded in 1916 by Gordon’s grandfather, “Mr. Hugh,” and has been a major part of his life since birth. Returning to the business after graduation from NC State, Gordon joined l1is cousin, Louis, and began to play a major role in the operation of the business upon the retirement of his father and Uncle John Maxwell.Goldsboro Milling Company and its related companies have become one of the largest fully integrated turkey operations in the world employing over 3,500 associates. In partnership with Smithfield Foods, Goldsboro Milling produces over 500 million pounds of turkey products and over 350 million pounds of pork each year. In addition, the company is a major landowner and has extensive timber interests in North Carolina and Florida.Serving as the President of Goldsboro Milling is only one of Gordon’s long-time endeavors. He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of Campbell university and of the local board of the BB$T bank. He is a former member of the Board of Smithfield Foods and has been involved in many civic positions and in various boards of his church.Gordon Maxwell is well recognized n all that happens in Wayne County, and he has left an indelible mark on his community. His love for the outdoors, hunting, fishing and wildlife conservation and management is well known and appreciated by his peers.In honor of his numerous contributions to his fellow man and to the growth of North Carolina’s Poultry Food Industry, the Officers and Directors of the North Carolina Poultry Federation are proud and pleased to induct Hugh Gordon Maxwell, III into the North Carolina Poultry Hall of Fame on this 2ed day of November, 2005.

Ed Woodhouse was born February 1, 1936, in Mt Airy, North Carolina, to the late Wilbur B. and Eunice W. Woodhouse. He obtained an Associate of Arts degree from Louisburg College before graduating from Pfeiffer College in 1958 with a Bachelor of Science degree. Ed attended both institutions on athletic scholarships prior to assuming the role of Executive Director of the North Carolina Poultry Federation in1969, he served in that same capacity with the North Carolina Democratic Party and with the North Carolina Soil Drink Association He also served on the staff of Dan K. Moore during his successful run for Governor of North Carolina.

Mr. Woodhouse has received a number of honors and awards during his career, including being named President of the Men’s Student Council at Louisburg and Pfeiffer Colleges; being named Pfeiffer College’s “Alumni of the Year;” and the Distinguished Service Award from the North Carolina Poultry Federation.

During his 33-year tenure (1969-2002) as Executive Director of the North Carolina Poultry Federation, Woodhouse also served as Secretary-Treasurer of the NC Turkey Federation and of the NC Poultry ` Processors Association; Outside of his NCPF stall responsibilities, he helped North Carolina agriculture by c sewing on the North Carolina Legislature’s Forestry, Agriculture and Seafood Legislative Study and Awareness Committee, and on the Agriculture Committee for the Alternative Energy Corporation He also served as President of the American Association of Poultry Federation Executives, as a board member of the NC Agribusiness Council, and on the Budget Review Committee of the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University.

As the Executive Director of the North Carolina Poultry Federation, Ed was immensely helpful to the North Carolina poultry industry by continuous monitoring legislation that had the potential to having positive and/or negative impacts on various aspect of the industry. He was extremely well known to many members of the legislature and worked closely with them to enact legislation that was beneficial for the poultry industry at North Carolina agriculture. He also worked closely with faculty members at North Carolina State University, with the North Carolina department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, as well as with numerous other agricultural organizations, such as the North Carolina Feed Industry Association, North Carolina Agribusiness Council, the North Carolina farm Bureau, and numerous other North Carolina commodity associations.

In addition to his professional accomplishments, Woodhouse’s record of service to his community and his state is a distinguished one, as well. He served as a member of Governor Dan K. Moore’s Advisory Committee on State Beautification and as president of “keep North Carolina Clean and Beautiful” for four years. He also served on the North Carolina Kerr Reservoir Development Committee and the North Carolina Recreation Commission. He is a man of tremendous faith and is a committed Christian s in Action, and has served as an elder at Brooks Avenue Church of Christ in Raleigh, NC. He is married to Betty Smith Woodhouse and has three children and nine grandchildren.

Because of his long-term service and major contribution to the health and well-being of the North Carolina Poultry Industry, it is with great pleasure that the officers and Directors of the North Carolina Poultry Federation induct Ed Woodhouse into the North Carolina Poultry Hall of Fame on this 2nd day of November 2005

Dr. Miller grew up on a dairy farm in northwestern North Carolina. He graduated from Sparta High School in 1950 and entered North Carolina State College that same year, later graduating with a degree in Animal Industry. He also received an Army ROTC commission while attending NC State. Alter a two-year tour of duty in Korea, he returned to the dairy business until his acceptance into the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia. Upon his graduation from Veterinary School in June of 1963, he was hired as a poultry pathologist by Holly Farms Poultry Industries. Holly Farms was formed in 1962 from 16 companies located in Wilkes and surrounding counties, with its home office headquartered in Wilkesboro, NC.
Early in his career, Dr. Miller learned to use all tools at his disposal for help in controlling diseases, He coordinated with university, state and company laboratories, and he worked in conjunction with breeder, pharmaceutical and vaccine companies for diagnostic answers. It would be in the late 1960s and early 1970s before noticeable progress was made on disease control. Mycoplasma nee breeders were then producing free PPLO chicks, and condemnation for allirsaculitis took a big drop. About that same time, use of a vaccine for Mareks disease was beginning, which drastically cut mortality for breeder hens, greatly increased production, and resulted in a decrease in condemnation for Mareks.When poultry diseases ceased to monopolize Dr. Miller’s time, he had more opportunities to work closely with the live production staff and with growers assisting in best poultry management procedures. This enabled him to shift his emphasis toward preventive medicine rather than treatment with antimicrobials, resulting in growing efficiency, lower condemnation, increased livability, production of a much better poultry product.Dr. Miller Worked as vice President of Live Production Services for Holly Farms Poultry until 1989, at which time Holly Farms was purchased by Tyson Foods. Dr. Miller continued his employment with Tyson Foods as Senior Vice President of Live Production and as Senior Veterinarian until His Retirement in 2004.Among many honors though the years, Cr. Miller received the C. A. Bottorff Award from the American Association of Avian Pathologists in 1996 in recognition of his significant contributions as an avian pathologist to Poultry Health Programs in North American. Dr. Miller is a life member of the AAAP, and he is also a life member of the American Veterinary Medical Association.Dr. Miller is well known and respected in his local community, as well. He was a charter member of the North Wilkesboro Rotary Club and served as its President for a 1978-79 term. He was also President of the Wilkes Area Poultry Association for a 1975-76 two year term. He is a member of the First Baptist Church of North Wilkesboro.Dr. Miller and his wife of 48 years, Jean, currently live in Wilkesboro, NC. They have two children – a son, Gordon Jr. “Chip,” and a daughter, Melissa. Chip, a current Tyson Foods employee, and his wife Paula, live in Wilkesboro, NC, with their two sons, Gordon and Cullen. Melissa and her husband, Paul Utt, Live in Raleigh, NC, with their two daughters, Mary Gordon and Caroline, and their son, Brener. Dr. Miller’s Hobbies since his retirement include riding his Harley and spending time in Ashe County at his house on the New River.In honor and recognition of his numerous contributions to the well-being and development of North Carolina’s poultry industry, the Officers and Directors of the North Carolina Poultry Federation are very pleased to induct Dr. Gordon P. Miller into the North Carolina Poultry Hall of Fame, this the 1st day of November, 2006.
Windell Talley is a graduate of North Carolina State University’s Poultry Science Department. In 1963, he and his wife, Judy, purchased 90 acres of farm land and began the operation of Talley Farms. They built a brooder house and ranged turkeys, producing 4,000 turkeys for market their first year. Additional acreage was later purchased and grow-out facilities were built to accommodate increased production. Windell and Judy subsequently built a small feed mill in order to feed for the growing number of turkeys they produced. Over the years, the feed mill has been modernized and expanded to accommodate an annual production of 100,000 tons of feed.
When Windell and Judy’s three sons – Nelson, Paul, and David – followed in their father’s footsteps by also graduating from North Carolina State University, they returned to the family farm, necessitating a further expansion. Talley Farms Inc. was then formed by Windell, Paul, and David to produce 4,5 million turkey hatching eggs under contract to Swift Ekrich, Inc. The agreement was continued by Prestage Farms when they built their own hatchery.In 2006, Talley Farms purchased the balance of Cuddy Farms’ land and production facilities in North Carolina for utilization in the production of additional turkey meat birds, turkey egg production, and beef cattle production. Currently, Talley Farms Inc. is producing some 9 million hatching eggs and approximately 800,000 meat birds, 80% of which are vegetable fed, non-antibiotic birds.As and early testament to the vision and drive of Windell and Judy Talley, they were selected by the National Farm Bureau in 1969 as one of three Outstanding Young Farm Couples. Windell and Judy attribute the success of Talley Farms from its very inception to the hard work of their entire family: son Nelson and his wife, Angie, and their children, Sarah, Allison and Andrew; son Paul and his wife, Patti, and their children, Jesse, Logan, and Wil; and son David and his wife, Stacy, and their children, Lauren, Emily, and Samantha; and to the hard work of all Tally Farms Employees.Windell Talley’s 44 years of experience and expertise in poultry production have garne#A20000 him numerous distinctions through the years. He served two six-year terms on the North Carolina state Board of Agriculture, having been first appointed by Governor James E. Holshouser, Jr. and later by Governor James G. Martin. He also served on the Governor’s Task Force on Farm Economy and the Governor’s Farm Workers Council. Windell is a past President of the North Carolina Turkey Federation and has served several terms on the Board of the National turkey Federation. He also serviced on North Carrolina State University’s Ag Foundation board for many years. Windell is very active in his local community, as well, having served on Stanly memorial Hospital’s board of directors for 16 years and as its Chairman for the last two years. He is also a past president of the Stanly County Farm Bureau and is a past Vice President of the Stanly County Chamber of Commerce.In honor and recognition of his pioneering spirit and numerous contributions to the growth and development of North Carolina’s entire poultry industry, the Officers and Directors of the North Carolina Poultry Federation are very pleased to induct Windell talley into the North Carolina Poultry Hall of Fame, this the 1st day of November, 2006.

G. D. Smith was born on December 25, 1935 and was the youngest child of G. D. Smith Sr. and Cora Penley Smith.  He was raised working on his parents Diary Farm in the Venable / Sand Hill section of Candler, North Carolina.  After leaving the Marine Core, G. D. enrolled in a two year course of Agriculture under the GI Bill.

G. D. went to work with a company that was a joint venture of Appalachian Milling Company, Mountain Poultry Company and Arbor Acre Farms in late 1957.  Within 6 months of working within the feed mill he was promoted to feed mill manager and was later given the responsibility to oversee some of the breeder flocks for the company.

In 1961 Arbor Acres closed out the broiler operation in Asheville, NC and transferred G. D. to Georgia as manager of their beef cattle and quarter horse operation where he remained for 4 ½ years.  When Arbor Acres closed this phase of their operation they transferred him to their Blairsville, Georgia Poultry division as farm manager where he remained for one year until they asked him to transfer back to Asheville, NC as general manager for Arbors Acres – Asheville division.  In 1973 the decision was made to consolidate all North Carolina branches of Arbor Acres into the Blairsville, Georgia division.  After 16 years of service with Arbor Acres the Smith’s purchased the Asheville farm and hatchery that is located in Fairview, North Carolina and formed Smith Farms, Inc.  G. D. his wife Janice, and their four sons started a custom hatchery operation that is still in operation and is capable of hatching over 250,000 chicks per week.  In 1975 the first transport system was built for use at their hatchery and a second unit was added in 1978.  In 1980 the first Smithway was built and sold to Holy Farms in Crewe, Virginia.  The second system that was built was sold to Arbor Acres in Carthage, Mississippi.  With patents pending on these two units Smithway, Inc. was established.  Today, Smithway produces over 50 units per year and exports approximately 1/3 of these to our International Customers.   Since all Smithway units are custom built to our customers needs – units have been designed to haul not only baby chicks but for baby pigs, quails, turkeys, ducks, lab rats, pigeon’s and even puppies.  Capacities on our systems can range from 100 to 108,000 chicks on our largest unit.  Models include pallet systems, Airport transfer systems, Sprinter Vans and Cargo containers for International shipments.

What started as a family business continues as such today.  As both Companies grew, two additional farms were purchased for beef cattle operations that are managed by Tony who is the oldest son.  Our sons Rocky and Scott who started working at Smithway upon completion of School are both still involved.  Rocky is in charge of sales and service while Scott works on the production line.  Rod the young son manages the offices and runs the hatchery division.  G. D. decided in 2002 to retire from both of the Smith’s companies as well as from the Board of Director position he held at the Fairview Volunteer Fire Department.  Upon retiring from the Board position he received a letter and plaque from the Governor of North Carolina acknowledging his dedication for 23 years of service that included 4 years as Vice Chairman and the last 14 years as Chairman of the Board.  G. D. and Janice are now enjoying their retirement by spending as much time as possible on their horses either at one of their farms or traveling and riding on the great trails throughout America.

Shelton is CEO of Case Foods, Inc. and its subsidiary, Case Farms Processing, Inc. and its affiliated entity Case Farms, L.L.C.
Mr. Shelton has more than 44 years of experience in the poultry industry. He joined Perdue Farms, Inc. in 1964 after graduating from N.C. State University.Mr. Shelton served Perdue for 22 years, ascending every major position to President and serving on the Board of Directors. In 1986, Shelton resigned as President of Perdue to build his own company.In 1986, Shelton acquired Case Egg & Poultry, a family farm that included a processing plant, hatchery and a food distribution facility. In its first year of operation, Case Foods, Inc. processed 135,000 birds per week, employed 140, and produced 22 million pounds of poultry products. Case Foods, Inc. spent the next 12 years acquiring and building additional plants, hatcheries, mills and farms.Shelton is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program. He served on the Board of Directors of the Baltimore Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond for six years, as President and member of the Board of Directors of the National Chicken Council, and is currently serving a three year term on the Maryland Agriculture Commission. November, 2010

Blake Lovette was one of seven children growing up on his family’s farm in Millers Creek, North Carolina. Growing up, Blake’s parents taught him a keen worth ethic as he worked with his siblings to help maintain the family farm.

After graduating in 1965 from NC State University, Blake began his long and successful career in the poultry industry. After working for two years with Holly Farms, Blake became a plant manager and in 1976 was named Executive VP. In 1978, he left Holly Farms and moved to Arkansas to become the Executive VP of Valmac Industries, Inc. Only a year later, Blake was named CEO. During his six years with Valmac, he developed a line of prepa#A20000 products. In 1985, Blake left Valmac to work for Perdue Farms as President of Perdue’s Shenandoah Products Corp. Three years later, Blake returned to Holly Farms to serve as their President and Chief Operating Officer. Blake held this top position with Holly Farms through the transition period in which Tyson Foods acquired Holly Farms.

In the fall of 1990 Blake left Tyson Foods and bought the company his father started. Renamed the Lovette Egg Company, Blake owned and operated the wholesale meat and poultry distributor until he sold it to ConAgra Poultry Company in 1998. Blake served as President of ConAgra from 1998 until he retired in 2003. That same year, ConAgra was acquired by Pilgrim’s Pride.

Although Blake Lovette is retired he is still active in the poultry industry and in his community. Blake currently works as a consultant for the poultry industry and owns his own Auto Spa. Blake serves as a board member for Morris & Associates, the Chairman fo the Wilkes Economic Development Corp., and was the Chairman of the Wilkes Regional Medical Center Board for eight years. He is a dedicated church member and has been a strong supporter of the Rainbow Center of Wilkes, Health Foundation, Yadkin River Greenway, and other local organizations.

In addition to being a dedicated worker and community member, Blake is a true family man. He was married to Julia Wooten Lovette for 45 years, until she passed away in 2008. Blake has three daughters; Sena, Angela, and Amy. When the poultry industry isn’t occupying Blake’s time, he enjoys spending time with his six grandchildren. Throughout his career, Blake has been a dedicated professional and has made significant contributions to the poultry industry of North Carolina.

November, 2010

As a native of Georgetown, Ohio, Milton spent most of his early life in Marietta, Ohio. During his college years at Finn College (now Cleveland State University), an aptitude evaluation suggested that Milton should pursue a career in agriculture. At the time, he was insulted because he considered himself as engineer. Later, another aptitude yielded similar results. This time he replied, “Sometimes you just can’t avoid one’s fate.”

Thus began Milton’s career in agriculture. Milton’s first job involved laboratory work with Thompson Aircraft. He then moved to manage the lab for Kentucky Chemical, which was eventually bought out by Provico Feeds, Cincinnati, Ohio. Early in his employment, Milton traveled to many states selling feed and offering nutritional knowledge. This opportunity allowed him to meet many people whom he has sustained relationships with over the years.

Milton was always a dedicated worker that ca#A20000 deeply about the interests of farms and their birds. At one point in his career, many area poultry farms experienced excessive mortality, and producers couldn’t get timely results from the state laboratory to assist in the diagnosis and intervention of the problem. Always a leader, Milton took it upon himself to produce and offer these farmers quick laboratory results, regardless of whether or not they were a current feed customer. Not surprisingly, this kindness gained him and his employer some new customers. In 1958, Milton took a job with Browning Turkey Farms in Winchester, Kentucky. Browning hatched, raised, and processed turkeys. In 1967 Milton joined Goldsboro Milling Company in Goldsboro, North Carolina.

Milton was blessed with a wonderful family including his wife of many years Bessie (deceased) and children Owen (deceased), Marilyn, and Holly. In addition to being a dedicated family man and employee, Milton also voluntee#A20000 his talents and services to his community. Though the years Milton was active in the Kiwanis Club, a global volunteer organization that helps children around the world. He was also a deacon and an elder in his church. Milton currently resides in Goldsboro, NC and still works part-time for Goldsboro Milling Company. Anyone who has the privilege of knowing Milton can affirm that he is a kind, generous person who loves talking with others and sharing stories. Throughout his career, he was a dedicated professional and made a significant contribution to the poultry industry in North Carolina.

Bill Morris graduated from Broughton High School in Raleigh in 1937. He then graduated from NCSU, Class of ’41, earning the third highest grade in his class. Bill was formally recognized years later as a Distinguished Engineering Graduate, and Distinguished Engineering Alumnus in 1996.In WWII he served in Europe with 585th Bomb Squadron, the 394th Division in France, and was awarded the Bronze Star and the American Order of the French Croix de Guerre with Palm with this highly decorated unit.

Morris, a native of Clayton, is founder and was president until his retirement in 2002 of Morris and Associates, Inc., of Raleigh–a refrigeration equipment company in operation since 1949. The company manufactures refrigeration products for the poultry industry and a line of ice makers for commercial markets. Bill patented the first continuous process chilling systems, still in common use today, and also patented the first high-sided auger chiller. His continual development of new products has earned him 19 patents, and in 1990 he received the Governor’s New Product Award for his thermal storage ice harvesters.

A registered Professional Engineer in North Carolina and member of the NC Society of Professional Engineers, he is a lifetime member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers.

Bill is married to Marsha Foster Morris and has six children–Nancy M. Southern, Patricia M. White, William F. Morris, III, Muriel M. Groce, Bradley F. Morris, and the late Jeanette B. Morris. He also has ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

1934-2006
Sonny Faison was born in Sampson County in 1934, the son of the late Nellie Peterson and Ferdinand Johnson Faison, Sr. He graduated from Clinton High School where he was voted “Wittiest” in his class.
He attended Wake Forest College and said that he never went back after graduation because he did not pay for his cap and gown. The only time he took the family back to Wake Forest was to visit Shorty’s Grill and Pool Room–where he claimed he spent most of his time and money while at Wake. Sonny later served two years in Germany with the US Army.In 1962, Sonny married Dorothy Sue Starling. They had three sons–Jay, Plato, and Henry. In 1974 Sonny joined Carroll’s Foods, and became President in 1983, holding that position until he retired in 2000.Faison was very proud of the company’s success and the growth of the poultry and swine industries in North Carolina. He enjoyed his co-workers and loved getting up every day and going into the office. In over 25 years with Carroll’s Foods, he never missed a day of work. He was very grateful to the Matthews family for giving him the opportunity to lead the company that Otis Carroll founded.
Sonny loved all types of sporting events–from Wolfpack football and basketbal to Super Bowls, to the Kentucky Derby. He enjoyed talking and telling stories with friends, and one of his favorite spots was the beach. And, we all remember this: Sonny was a big Elvis fan.Sonny is survived by his widow Dorothy and three sons.