At the time of being inducted, Mr. May had been engaged in agriculture for 70 years. His farm operation totaled 120 acres. He served as President of the Wayne County Farm Bureau for 3 years and Secretary for 3 years. He completed 31 years as an elected member of Production Credit Service to Agriculture. He was the chairman of Bear Creek Watershed Commission with maintenance responsibilities of 7 retainer ponds, 34 miles of channel and 38,650 acres of watershed. Cooperated with Extension in growing for the first time in Wayne County fescue which went well and is now widely used in the county.
1984 Living Inductee
E. K. Sanderson
Prior to his death, Mr. Sanderson was engaged in agriculture all of his life. He died at age 79. His farm operation totaled 106 acres. He had 6 cattle, 250 layers and 25 sows. His application noted that he fed out 1 steer yearly for each grandchild to start a college fund. He was a member of the Wayne County Livestock Development Association and the Wayne County Farm Bureau. He served as Road Commissioner in the early 1920's when roads were maintained with mules in order to get farm products to market. He was not a large farmer but rather one that displayed the talent for high production of good quality products. His farm was one of the first to grow sweet potatoes commercially, one of the first farms to produce 300 bushels per acre of sweet potatoes.
1984 Deceased Inductee
James. I. Hood
At the time of being inducted, Mr. Hood had been engaged in agriculture for 60 years. His farm operation totaled 300 acres and he had 300 head of cattle. James volunteered many hours for Grantham Fire Department, Wayne County LIvestock Development Association, Neuse Area Development Association and Bright Leaf Saddle Club. He was recognized by the Wayne County LIvestock Development Associaton with the Outstanding Beef Producers Award. He sold his tobacco allotment and proved that a farmer in Wayne Count could survive without producing tobacco and never regretted his decision to do so.
1985 Living Inductee
Prior to his death, Mr. Talton had been engaged in agriculture for 75 years. He died December 7, 1982. His farm operation totaled 55 acres. Mr. Talton was a sales supervisor for Goldsboro Tobacco Market for 15 years. Her served in the Senate and House of Representatives for 4 consecutive terms. He sponsored a bill to establish technical institutes in North Carolina. He was chairman of the Board of the Charles B. Aycock Birthplace restoration. He contributed to Mt. Olive College serving as a trustee and later in life having an endowment fund started in his name.
1985 Deceased Inductee
Oland Franklin Peele
At the time of being inducted, Mr. Peele had been engaged in agriculture for 55 years. His farm operation totaled 160 acres and included 600 hogs. Mr. Peele helped to organize the Wayne County Livestock Development Association and served as the president for 38 years. He was alos a key organizer of the Wayne County Agricultural Fair in 1949 and was the fair manager for 38 years. In 1952, Mr. Peele hosted the NC and SC Berkshire Breeders Assocation Annual meeting at his home farm. He promoted 4H club work and aided Future Farmers of America by holding FFA workshops on judging and fitting hogs. He received many honors and recognitions including a 25 year certificate for being a Neighborhood Leader in 4H, inducted into the North Carolina State Fair Livestock Hall of Fame and he won 1st Place in the NC Cotton Yield Contest in 1965 with 1505 lbs. of lint per acre, which was a state record that year.
1986 Living Inductee
Charles T. Hooks, Sr.
Prior to his death, Mr. Hooks had been engaged in agriculture for 57 years. His farm operation totaled 364 acres and inlcuded 70 head of cattle, 4 bulls, 12,000 poultry, 50 sows, 4 board and 200 feeders. He was a volunteer fireman for many years and a member of Fremont Rotary Club and Mason. He was a Wayne County Commissioner from 1960-1974 and served one term as Chairman of the Wayne County Commissioners. He served as chairman of Wayne County Board of Health for several years, Board of Directors member of the Wayne County Pulbic Library for six years and was a lifelong Director of the Wayne County Livestock Development Association. He served as President of the Wayne County Farm Bureau and State Director, North Carolina Farm Bureau. He helped to establish an Alcohol Education program for the schools in our county.
1986 Deceased Inductee
Thomas S. Godwin
At the time he was inducted, Mr. Godwin had been engaged in agriculture for 40 years, 32 of those years were with Cooperative Extension. He was a board member of the Wayne County Livestock Development Association for 25 years as Vice President and served as president from 1985-1987. He was also a member of Goldsboro Downtown Lions and Elks Club. He was recognized nationally in 1965 by the National Association of County Agents for devleoping and implementing outstanding livestock programs. He retired from extension in 1980. During his tenure as a livestock agent, he received his Master's degree in Animal Science from NC State University. His thesis student was on-the-farm testing of swine that eventually enabled many Wayne County swine producers to increase the profitability of their herds. When he began the duties as livestock agent, poultry, swine, beef and dairy income in the county was $5 million. During his tenure, the income grew to over $110 million.
1987 Living Inductee
Prior to his death, Mr. Lancaster had been engaged in active farming for 40 years and worked in Soil Conservation Service for 25 years. His farm operation totaled 42 acres including 15 head of cattle, 150 poultry and 21 head of hogs. He was active in his community including speaking at many school functions, was instrumental in getting roads paved in the Patetown area, getting telephone service in rural areas, helped organize Patetown Volunteer Fire Department, chaired committee in purchasing 1st fire truck. He worked with 4H and FFA members on soil conservation projects. He engineered dam and spillway and supervised the construction of the Wayne County Wildlife Club Lake and engineered the dam on Walnut Creek and worked with many farmers to improve their farmland. He received National Commendation Award from Soil Conservation Society of America; 1st time in the history of the organization this award was given to a technician. During his tenure as a Wayne County Commissioner, he used the practices learned in farming and Soil Conservation to improve the quality of life for all of Wayne County through developing a county-wide water system, improving and providing landfill and promoting agriculture.
1987 Deceased Inductee
At the time he was inducted, Mr. Massey had been engaged in agriculture for 51 years. His farm operation totaled 222 acres and included 90 head of cattle. After the death of his father in 1939, Mr. Massey and his brother assumed the full management of the farm producing corn, soybeans, sweet potatoes, tobacco, peanuts and small grains. They were also swine producers. The Massey brothers were one of the first farmers to purchase tractors and other farm equipment to sue with these tractors, harvesting grain and threshing peanuts for themselves and their neighbors. They operated one of the only two peanut threshers in the county. In 1952, Mr. Massey built a new grade A dairy operation with 65 milking cows. He was the milk hauler for his herd until the bulk tanks became necessary. Mr. Massey helped to organize the American Dairy Association of NC and served as its president from 1966-1973. Mr. Massey served on the county and state Extension Advisory Boards. He served as a lobbyist for the State and National Grange on issues pertaining to agriculture for 15 years as Chairman of the State Grange Dairy Committee and as Master of the NC State Grange.
1988 Living Inductee
Prior to his death, Mr. Jones had been engaged in agriculture all his life. His farm operation totaled 100 owned acres and 48 rented acres. He was also a swine producer with 100 head of hogs. He was a fire department member, 4H Special Interest leader and active supporter of the Wayne County Agricultural Fair. He served as chairman of 3 local school advisory boards for 15 years. He served as NC State Grange Assistant Steward and member of the Degree Team for 25 years. By being involved in all his volunteer Agriculture Committee work on the local, state and national level, he was able to assist in developing agricultural policies and programs and be a voice for farmers on crucial farm problems.