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HALL OF FAME
2020 | RAY & SUZANNE BREWER - BREWER FARMS
“Ray and Suzanne love the NC Angus Association and always have the association’s best interest at heart.”
These words from NCAA Past President Roy Swisher epitomizes the reasons the Brewers were selected as the 2020 inductees into the NC Angus Association Hall of Fame. Over the years you could find them working hard at meeting, field days, tours and sales making sure the event were successful. Their involvement and support continue to this day.
Ray and Suzanne grew up in farming families, Ray on a tobacco farm and Suzanne on a dairy farm. They raised flue-cured tobacco, small grains, soybeans, hay, and hogs in the early years. In the late eighties, they purchased their first cattle, commercial females.
Suzanne said, “My Dad always said to keep a good bull. So we started with a registered Angus bull.”
As new cattlemen, they did not have an understanding of EPDs, which led to calving difficulties in their herd during the early years; but they soon took advantage of knowledgeable Angus breeders in North Carolina to help them learn. They were referred to Phil Goodson of Springfield Angus for help and in December 1994 they went to their first registered Angus cattle sale and purchased a new bull. By this time they were well versed in understanding EPDs and the new bull put them on the right path to success.
Over the years, Ray found a passion for understanding EPDs and pedigrees and could talk “numbers” all day long! To further improve their herd Suzanne attended A.I. school and became responsible for artificial breeding. As we all know farming has its challenges and the drought of 2002 left their farm with no hay, no grass in the pastures and no water in the streams. This event caused them to market their commercial herd and concentrated all their efforts on the registered Angus.
How did their involvement with the North Carolina Angus Association begin?
In 1995 they attended their first NCAA Spring Tour and were excited about the wonderful, helpful people they met. Suzanne says one of the best aspects of the NCAA are the great people involved and the wonderful friends they made over the years. From 1995 to 2014 they did not miss an NCAA Spring tour. They served as tour hosts in 1997 and 2004. After retiring from raising tobacco in 1999 they began to focus more of their efforts into building their Angus herd and participating in NCAA events such as the Annual Meeting, field days, tours and sales. In 2007, Suzanne was selected to be the NCAA Executive Secretary and she served from 2007–2014. She was a tremendous asset to the NCAA, always willing to help its members. Ray was always in the background helping to make sure Suzanne had what she needed. They were a dynamic duo who served the NCAA very faithfully. Ray especially enjoyed supporting the NC Junior Angus members at shows and events, volunteering to grill burgers and always being willing to pay top dollar for a cake or pie in one of their auctions.
Suzanne says, “Ray bought almost as many desserts as Marcus Harward and Bruce Shankle.”
Ray and Suzanne are quick to acknowledge their daughters in the success of the farm as well. They are forever grateful to “the girls”, Robin, Wendy, Jessica and Alicia for all the help they’ve been on the farm since 1976. “Few boys in the community could work or play any harder than our girls,” says Suzanne. For example, each girl had a tobacco patch the year before their sixteenth birthday. The money they earned from their tobacco could be used to buy their first car so they always worked to make the crop a success. Opportunities like this gave them a very good work ethic.
Their daughter Robin stated, “They made us who we are, what we stand for, what we believe in, and taught us that family is the core of all things.” Today there are even more young people being positively influenced by Ray and Suzanne, including their three grandsons: Zach, Matthew and Mark and granddaughter Bekah.
After the loss of their daughter Jessica to cancer in 2013, Suzanne decided it was time to retire as Executive Secretary of the NCAA so that she could return to helping Ray farm. She continues to be active as the NCAA History committee chairman, along with working at the Davidson County Fair each year and with Davidson ALS. She clerks many cattle sales with her team of “girls” as she calls them.
In March of 2019, Ray and Suzanne officially retired from farming. It was a truly difficult decision for a couple who dedicated so much of their life and love to agriculture but the time was right.
The Brewer’s want to say thank you to everyone for the nomination and it is truly an honor to be inducted into the North Carolina Angus Association Hall of Fame. Thank you, Ray and Suzanne, for your countless hours in support of the NCAA.
2018 | Howard Gentry - Gentry Homeplace Angus
There is not a more deserving member to be included among the dedicated and selfless individuals who helped shape the North Carolina Angus Association. Howard Gentry has spent his entire life being involved with Angus cattle and the North Carolina Angus Association.
Howard grew up in King, NC where he and his wife Donna still reside today. Howard’s passion for the Angus business began with his father William H. Gentry and his Uncle Ira Gentry. These men were the founders of Gentry Brother’s Angus one of the preeminent Angus herds in the state during the 1960’s and 70’s. In the 1980’s, Howard began his own seed stock herd at Gentry Homplace Angus. He has produced quality, highly sought after, Angus cattle ever since.
Howard has also dedicated much of his time and expertise to the North Carolina Angus Association. He has held several offices and been an instrumental member or chairman of almost every committee, including the Spring Fever Sale, Endowment, Hall of Fame and Marketing committees just to name a few. Howard’s mild manner has made him the perfect leader not just for the Angus Association but also for the North Carolina Cattlemen’s Association and the North Carolina Cattlemen’s Foundation.
Howard has many fond memories of activities with the North Carolina Angus Association. Former NCCA Secretary, Bette Laursen, had an opportunity to reminisce with Howard about some of those past Angus experiences. Howard told Bette, he remembers the early 1960’s when the far western part of the state, the Asheville/Brevard area, was the home for most all Angus activity. At about age 8 or 9, he recalls going to sales in Asheville and how far away they seemed from his home in King. He remembers that the first Angus sale he went to was run more like a stockyard sales although most of the member and association sales in those days were “dressed up” sales. Meaning halter-broken, clipped and clean cattle, and coats and ties for producers and buyers. Howard has been helping other Angus breeders for many years. For example in 1989, Howard led an educational session at the summer field day where he taught about clipping, nutrition, washing, and the health aspects of preparing cattle for a sale. Bette recalls, on that Saturday Gentry ended his talk with these words: “Marketing is important. You have done a lot of work and have gone to a lot of expense. You have gotten up hay in the heat. You have fed cattle on the coldest day of winter. You have spent time reading and studying Angus genetics. You have invested in cattle, facilities, and equipment. Don’t cut yourself short on sale day. Do a good job marketing.” That statement exemplifies the hard work and dedication Howard Gentry knows is required to be a successful cattlemen and his willingness to take those extra steps to reach his goals.
Some members of the North Carolina Angus Association also shared their thoughts of having the privilege to work with Howard over the years:
Howard Gentry has been a part of the North Carolina Angus family from his birth. Howard and his cattle have excelled at all parts of the Angus seed stock world. He has exhibited Champion Angus females, produced test station winning bulls, consigned highly sought after females at our state sales and participated in a successful annual bull sale with other producers.
In addition to producing quality cattle, Howard has supported the Association. He has served in every capacity from President to committee member working behind the scene to advance an Association objective. He always has a smile and a thoughtful comment.
Robin and I met Howard and Ira on an American Angus Association tour in Georgia in the early 80’s. We traveled between Angus farms on a bus for two days. We were riding the same bus, and because we were all from North Carolina we sat together and visited between stops. I do not remember the Angus operations we visited, but I do remember thinking how lucky Robin and I were to get to spend time with Howard and Ira. Howard is a Southern Gentleman and I am proud to call him a friend.
After some of intense thought, this is the most applicable statement I can make about Howard. Howard Gentry is the Angus breeder that I would be proud for my grandchildren to use as a role model. Howard breeds cows with a consistent purpose, to develop functional and marketable replacement stock that will produce profitable calves for his customers. He spends more time and resources in sire selection than most breeders spend managing their herds. Howard is a strong supporter of all the NC Angus Association activities. Several years ago the Monroe Area Bull Sale was in dire need of a few more Angus bulls. Howard stepped up to the plate and has been a most valuable asset to this bull sale ever since. Last year after the hurricane, the Anson County youth heifer show arena was flooded and the Extension Service decided to cancel the show and pull all the financial support. The Anson County Cattlemen’s Association put together an emergency show so that these valuable young cattlemen could have their heifer show. Without any request, Howard Gentry sent a check to assist with the class premiums. This is just one of the many reasons Howard Gentry is and has been one of our most valuable NC Angus breeders.
Bill & Jane Ebert
Bill Ebert recalls the many late night calls and communication with Howard during the reorganization of the NC Junior Angus Association in the late 1980. His support and advisement helped the juniors evolve into a stronger state association where the juniors and their families became involved in the total operation of their organization. Thus, leadership was developed within both the junior membership, parents and Angus membership. When you view the juniors today and their accomplishments, Howard Gentry was one of the people in the background that made things happen.
On behalf of the North Carolina Cattlemen’s Association, I would like to congratulate Howard on his well-deserved induction into the North Carolina Angus Hall of Fame. Howard has been a dedicated leader of the beef industry in the state for many years. He effectively led the Cattlemen’s Association on the Executive Board and certainly during his term as President in 1997. Howard continues to serve, as he now heads up the NC Cattlemen’s Foundation as their Chairman. Howard’s dedication to the future if the industry is exemplified in his efforts to help usher in the Foundation’s scholarship program. These scholarships are helping numerous students further their education to insure that we have supporters, educators and leaders to follow in the footsteps of visionary and dedicated leaders such as Howard.
2017 | Bruce Shankle - EBS Farms
Bruce Shankle was born and raised on a general livestock farm in Anson County, North Carolina where he raised commercial cattle. His involvement with cattle and livestock as a young man brought him to North Carolina State University where he graduated with a degree in Animal Science.
After college he worked for a commercial cattle herd in the central piedmont of North Carolina and also for the North Carolina Boar test station. He began working with North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in the livestock marketing division in 1977. During his time with NCDA, Bruce was a mainstay at the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh, NC serving as superintendent of numerous shows including swine, goats and cattle. In 2005, he became the Livestock Marketing Division Director for NCDA. In this capacity he raised over $600,000 for the Sale of Champions junior livestock shows at the State Fair and touched the lives of many cattle producers and their families across the state.
During the late 1970’s Bruce began purchasing and breeding registered Angus. The foundation of his herd was purchased exclusively from North Carolina breeders. From the base purchases, Bruce has breed and developed his herd over the years from those initial cows purchased and has grown the herd to over 150 brood cows.
Bruce became a member of the North Carolina Angus Association in 1981. He has selflessly served on the Board of Directors of the Association on several occasions and is currently completing his third year as a director. Over the years, he has chaired or been an active members on several committees. In 1989, he was the chairman of both the Spring Fever Sale and the Associations’ Fall Sale. Several years ago the NCAA held an annual sale at the Western NC Ag Center in Fletcher, NC and Bruce was the sale coordinator for this event for many years. He has been and continues to be a very strong supporter of the NC Junior Angus Association both financially and providing guidance for the youth. Today he finds himself even more involved with his grandchildren participating in many shows and events.
Marketing livestock is what Bruce did for over 35 years with the department of agriculture. Since his retirement in 2012, he has continued his work in this area establishing the Stanly Select Sale in January and the yearly Iredell Select Sale in March. He also works with monthly Mid-Atlantic Cattle sales video auctions and feeder calf sales.
The Stanly Select Sale is known by most people as “Mr. Bruce’s Sale”. At this event he markets his bulls and females as well as other breeder’s cattle in that region of North Carolina. During the past several years, his bulls have established a reputation of being of high quality and the events are premier bull sales in our state and region.
Bruce is known for his patience, dedication, great attitude and a strong work ethic. The North Carolina Angus Association and its members are grateful that he has shared and continues to share his time and talents with us. A well-deserved member of the NC Angus Hall of Fame we thank you for being a part of our organization.
2016 | WILLIAM AND JANE EBERT-
Congratulations to Bill and Jane Ebert for being inducted into the NC Angus Hall of Fame. The Ebert’s venture into raising cattle began after their marriage in 1969. Later they purchased their daughter, Betsie, her first Angus show heifer in 1987 and never looked back. The cattle business has served as a bonding activity for their family and one that Bill and Jane have continued to enjoy even after Betsie’s show days.
A little history on the Ebert family. Jane was raised on a tobacco and row crop farm in eastern North Carolina. She attended East Carolina University and received her masters from North Carolina State University. The she went on to have a fruitful career with the NC Cooperative Extension Service as a Family and Consumer Science Agent. Bill was born in Winston-Salem and growing up his passion was showing Quarter Horses and doing a little rodeo riding. He spent his adult years working for and retiring from RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company.
To know the Ebert’s one quickly realizes Bill is the caretaker of the cattle and farming operation. So Bill and Betsie were most often found in the barn. But not to be outdone, Jane was always an avid supporter of the family cattle business. However she used her skills and shared her love with everyone at the cattle shows by having homemade treats and always being in the know for the best places to eat and shop in the area.
Jane found her niche in the NC and American Angus Auxiliary. She served as president and in various other offices for NC and in 2000 served as the American Angus Auxiliary President. For her many years of dedicated service, Jane received the American Angus Distinguished Woman Award in 2007. She continues to serve on the NC Auxiliary board and works on several committees of the American Angus Auxiliary. Bill has also spent many years serving the NC Angus Association as a board member, committee member and as a NC Junior Angus advisor. Both Bill and Jane are huge supporters of the Atlantic National Angus Show and Merit Award Scholarship.
In 2002, Bill and Jane relocated to Sparta, NC and expanded their cattle herd which they continue to improve with strict genetic selection to this day. Bill has developed a nice market for his Angus bulls which continue to improve the commercial cattle herds in the area.
But in 2010 they started a new chapter in their life as grandparents! Their granddaughter, Ella Jane Michael might live three hours away but they don’t let that keep them away. Ella Jane seems to have the same love for Angus cattle as the rest of the family, so get ready to see the Ebert’s back on the show road soon.
The Angus business has blessed the Ebert’s with wonderful friends, great memories, a family business and a passion that will be carried on for many generations to come.
During the presentation of the Hall of Fame Award many of Bill and Jane’s long time Angus friends offered these comments on what the Ebert’s have meant to them and the Angus business:
Joe Hampton stated:
One of my earliest recollections of Bill and Jane Ebert and their Eberlee Farms is the year they hosted the NC Angus field day in Welcome. Robin and I served on their planning committee and what we learned was the Ebert’s were synonymous with planning. Every detail of the execution for the field day was considered, vetted and resolved by them and their committee.
Jane’s attention to detail and Bill’s calm demeanor were consistent in every Angus activity. I was not surprised when Jane was asked to serve in a national leadership role with the American Angus Auxiliary. I was in St. Joseph and witnessed the impact Jane had on the Auxiliary. Jane’s vision and Bill’s ability to bring the vision to fruition was appreciated by folks from across the country. The Ebert’s have cheerleaders, not only in the East but also from Kansas to Montana. Many Angus juniors, in NC and across the US, have benefited from the Ebert’s efforts.
Callie Birdsell Carson stated:
Bill and Jane are two of the most selfless, enthusiastic and dedicated Angus breeders I’ve ever met. Without their leadership and guidance, many NC youth would not have had the opportunity to exhibit cattle, develop their talents and meet new friends across the nation. A talent both have is not accepting NO for an answer – whether it is fundraising for the Auxiliary, coaching teams at junior nationals or assisting with scholarship applications. The association calls them members, the Auxiliary knows them as leaders, the junior know them as mentors, I’m proud to know them as my friends, my family.
Yvonne Hinman & May McCurry stated:
It was a lucky day for all of us when Jane brought her wonderful Southern charm to the American Angus Auxiliary officer team. Her wit and wisdom, delivered with her soothing voice and sweet smile, always ended in a win-win for the Auxiliary. Jane opened the door to CAB Gifts that sizzle and graced our tables with fine Angus china. She gave us a taste of fresh roasted NC pecans and sported her myriad of hats at our meetings!
As for Bill, he was always there helping. He regularly packed the Auxiliary boxes in and out of the hotels; and he always did it with a smile! And to our good fortune, Bill and Jane introduced us to their wonderful North Carolina friends. To Bill and Jane, we say Thank You for all you did and for your friendship! Congratulations on being honored with such a prestigious award!
2015| JAMES SCARLETT
Over the past 30 years, Jim has been a member of the North Carolina Angus Association. He joined the Association in 1986 as per our historical handbooks. During this time period, Jim has served our Association in many roles. He has served on our Board of Directors for several terms. In 2009 and in 2010, Jim served as the Vice President of the Association, as well as President in 2011 and 2012. In 2010, Jim donated a heifer to be auctioned to help support our Association. The Scarlett Family has supported our Association sales, consigning cattle to the Spring Fever sale, for the past 16 years. He has also been a delegate representing North Carolina at the American Angus Association annual meeting numerous times.
Jim has been a strong supporter of the North Carolina Junior Angus program. He has served as advisor and has been a member of the Junior Boosters since its inception. He served an adult leader for the 1994 Eastern Regionals and as adult chairman for the 2004 Eastern Regionals. He served on the facility committee for the 2014 Eastern Regionals. His son, Brent and daughter, Julie were both elected board members of the National Junior Angus Association. This was a result of his and his wife, Elaine’s leadership and strong parenting skills.
Jim and the Scarlett family have travelled many miles and spent countless hours promoting Angus cattle and supporting this Association.
Jim has also been of service in his home county. He has served on the board and as president of the Alamance County Cattlemen’s Association. He is also a charter member of the Mountain View Ruritan club where he has held many positions of leadership.
Jim is a man of faith and has been very active with the Gideons organization serving as his local chapter’s President.
We as Angus breeders in North Carolina have enjoyed much success as a result of your hard work and leadership, Jim.
We sincerely thank you.
The NC Angus Hall of Fame Committee.
2014| David Gazda
Over the past 26 years David has touched the lives of many Angus breeders in his service as regional manager with the American Angus Association. North Carolina was blessed to have him work with our members for several years as our regional manager. David has always been honest, informative and had the best interest of the NC Angus breeder in mind. He spent long hours supporting our programs and helping cattle operations both large and small achieve success. Our members have always found David pleasant and available to assist with questions, issues and problems. His dedication, honesty and work ethic have been an inspiration to us all. David’s love of people and Angus cattle is reflected as he travels across the states assisting breeders and promoting our breed.
2013 | Bobby Aldridge
Bobby has been breeding registered Angus cattle for over 50 years; in 1946 his father gave him a heifer worth $100 as payment for a year's work. He showed 4-H steers during his youth winning several grand champions and in 1955 stopped showing and began his cow/calf operation. Bobby has consigned cattle to the NCAA Spring Fever Sale for years and has consigned bulls to the Red House, Butner, Salisbury and Clinton bull test stations. Bobby has consistently sold either top indexing or top selling bulls at the test station bull sales. Bobby is also a long-time member of the North Carolina Cattlemen's Association and was a Caswell County commissioner for 20 years.
2012 | William (Bill) Sanders
Bill Sanders' grandfather acquired Crantock Farm in Smithfield in 1924 and in 1957 it passed down to Bill and his sister and he began purchasing Angus cattle. Over the years; he became interested in artificial breeding to improve his herd of over 150 head. Although a businessman in Raleigh who owned several businesses and served on numerous committees and boards; the cattle became a major interest. The North Carolina Junior Angus Association became one of his main Angus interest. After his death in 1994; in his memory, his family established the William M Sanders III Scholarship Fund to provide scholarships to members of the NCJAA who are high school seniors and are interested in continuing their education.
2011 | Roger Lane
Roger grew up on a farm in Gates County where his parents grew corn, cotton, soybeans, peanuts, hogs and cattle. He farmed with his father until he passed away in 1979. In the early 80s, he began replacing his commercial cattle with registered Angus cattle. D.S. Moss offered Roger a partnership in his long running D.S. Moss Farm Bull Sale. After D.S. retired, Roger and partners J.F. Lancaster and Marty Rooker have continued this sale (now knows as "The Partner's Sale) still on the first Saturday in December and the longest running sale in North Carolina. One of Roger's main projects as president was to solidify relationships between the North Carolina Angus Association, the Junior Association and the Auxiliary Association. Roger served as president of North Carolina Angus Association in 2001 and 2002.
2010 | J.F. Lancaster
J.F served as President of North Carolina Angus Association in 2005 and 2006 and was a promoter of Angus cattle and beef industry causes in North Carolina, J.F. also served as President of the North Carolina Cattlemen's Association in 2008. In 2007, J.F. and Carolyn (Ann Angus Farms) donated a heifer to be sold at the North Carolina Angus Association Spring Fever Sale with proceeds going to the Endowment for Excellence. In 2004, J.F., Roger Lane and Marty Rooker donated a heifer to be sold at their Partner's Sale with proceeds going to the North Carolina Angus Association.
2008 | Joe Haynes
Joe grew up on a dairy and tobacco farm in Davidson County and was active in the Boys Scouts and became an Eagle Scout and Assistant Scout Master. A 1956 graduate of North Carolina State University with a degree in Vocational Agriculture, he taught one year before being drafter in the Korean conflict. Upon discharge he joined FCX-Southern States and retired in 1993 as a regional manager with over thirty-three years service. An avid supporter of North Carolina Angus Association he served as president in 1999 and 2000 and is always willing to help out and support the Association. Joe is also an active member of the North Carolina and Iredell Cattlemen's Associations.
2006 | Dr. Phil Goodson
Dr. Phil Goodson has been on the Board of Directors of the NCAA for several terms and was president of the N. C. Angus Association in Goodson's Springfield Angus Farm is located in Franklin County.
2004 | Dr. Ray Harvey
Even though he didn't own an Angus cow, Dr. Ray Harvey served the North Carolina Angus Association in many ways. He was a member of the Board of Directors for several terms. As Professor of Animal Science of the Animal Science Department at N. C. State University and "in charge" of the NCSU Angus herd, he hosted several NCAA Field Days and freely gave of his advice and knowledge to Angus breeders who sought his expertise.
2003 | Mary Ellen Boyd
The first woman to be president of the N. C. Angus Association, Mary Ellen Boyd, owner of Lakeplace Farms in Vance County, served on the Board of Directors of the Association and was a delegate to the American Angus Association Annual Meeting.
2003 | James D. McCauley
In 1965, Jim McCauley began his Angus career with four bred cows. From that simple beginning at Alamc Farm in Alamance County, Jim's herd grew in numbers and prestige. His cattle excelled in the show ring and on the farm. McCauley served as President of the NCAA in 1977 and 1978. He has served many years on the Board of Directors, as chairman of the Spring Fever Sale, and as a delegate to the American Angus Association Annual Meeting. McCauley graciously hosted the NCAA Field Day in 1982.
2002 | Johnnie James Bridges
Johnnie Bridges was president of the N. C. Angus Association in 1971. Johnnie was owner and operator of Crest Angus Farm in Shelby NC. He was instrumental in increasing the interest in Angus cattle and membership participation in Cleveland County. His family was active in the show ring on a local and regional level, and he introduced larger framed Angus cattle to North Carolina and the southeast. Many of Crest Angus cattle were purchased from western U. S. breeders. Johnnie also left his mark on the N. C. graded bull sales by having top selling bulls.
2001 | James I. Smith
Janastci, owned by James I. Smith, is located in Granville County. Smith, who joined the NCAA in 1973, served as president of the NCAA in 1980 and 1981 and on the Board of Directors for several terms. Smith and his wife, Nancy, edited and published the Angus handbook for four years. Smith has been a delegate to the American Angus Association Annual Meeting many times and has been a supporter of youth activities.
2000 | Robert Hipps
Robert Hipps whose Angus Farm is located in the beautiful mountain country of Ashe County, was a member of the Board of Directors of the N. C. Angus Association. He was a delegate to the American Angus Association Annual Meeting. Hipps led many Angus breeders in western North Carolina to join the Association after the demise of the Western N. C. Angus Association.
2000 | Bette Laursen
In 1981, Bette Laursen purchased her first registered Angus cows and became a member of the North Carolina Angus Association. In 1987, she was elected to the Board of Directors and later that same year she became Secretary-Treasurer of the Association. During her 6 year tenure, her title was changed to Executive Secretary. Laursen has been a member of the Board of Directors for many terms and attended the American Angus Association Annual Meeting as chairman of the North Carolina delegation for many years. She planned and directed many trips for NCAA members to travel out west to visit ranches.
2000 | Harley Tate
Harley Tate, owner of H & E Angus near Lake Junaluska, was a major factor in the large increase in membership which occurred in the NCAA during the 80's. He and Robert Hipps spent many hours recruiting western N. C. breeders after the Western N. C. Angus Association disbanded.
1999 | James R. Fowler, Jr.
In 1957, the late J. R. Fowler, Jr. "fell in love with Angus" cattle and started his registered herd on the farm where his ancestors settled "on the waters of Little River in Wake County in 1743." Fowler served the North Carolina Angus Association as president in 1967 and 1968, was vice-president and served many terms on the Board of Directors. For many years he edited the N. C. Angus News Quarterly magazine and he was a delegate to the American Angus Association Annual Meeting many times. Fowler was instrumental in purchasing the mobile Angus booth and manned it many years at the N. C. State Fair. He hosted NCAA Field Days and events at his "Bull Pen."
1999 | D.S. Moss
Farming on the Halifax County land his grandfather purchased in the early 1900's, the late D. S. Moss grew cotton, peanuts, tobacco, and registered Angus cattle. For over 20 consecutive years, Moss hosted an annual sale on the first Saturday in December, selling bulls and young cows with calves. He served the North Carolina Angus Association as president in 1987 and 1988, was vice-president, and served many terms as director. He attended the American Angus Association Annual Meeting for many years as chairman of the delegation from North Carolina.
1998 | Margaret Cheek
Margaret Cheek served the North Carolina Angus Association as Secretary-Treasurer for thirty years. In her Greensboro office, she efficiently and lovingly cared for the business of the association and became a friend to each member. Her detailed and careful record keeping did credit to the association. Mrs. Cheek retired in 1984.
1998 | Ira Gentry
The late Ira Gentry was a well-known figure in the Angus business for over 50 years. His farm is located in Stokes County near King. Gentry served on the Board of Directors of the N. C. Angus Association for three terms, was vice-president in 1974 and president in 1975. Many times, he represented our state association as a delegate to the Annual Meeting of the Membership of the American Angus Association in Louisville. In times when the state association needed funds, Gentry generously donated cattle. The Spring Fever Sale Ira Gentry Trophy is given in his memory.
1997 | William H. Gentry
The late William Howard Gentry was a partner in Gentry Brothers Angus with the late Ira Gentry. Gentry Brothers Angus, located in Stokes County was a charter member of the North Carolina Angus Association. Gentry was a strong supporter of youth activities. He was president of the Association in 1969 and 1970 and served many terms on the Board of Directors. He attended the American Angus Association Annual Meeting as a delegate from North Carolina many times.
1997 | Charles Stokes
Charlie Stokes was president of the NCAA in 1966. He was manager of L. A. Moye Farms, Maury NC, a practical farming operation. They started breeding Angus cattle in the mid 1950's and operated purebred herds as well as a bull test unit. They started performance testing in 1960 and held their first P. T. Bull Sale in 1974. Charlie served numerous times as director of the North Carolina Angus Association. He also served as a delegate to the American Angus Association Annual Meeting for several years.
1996 | Gaylord H. French
Gaylord French, Sr. served the NCAA on the Board of Directors for several terms. He faithfully consigned cattle to all of the Association sales. In 1921 when his father passed away, he became owner of Sunny Home Farm. Sunny Home Farm was a charter member of the N. C. Angus Association.
1996 | James McKenzie
The late James McKenzie released 3 Angus cows into his pastures in 1947. For the next 38 years, McKenzie was a leading proponent of Angus Cattle in North Carolina. He was one of the first to incorporate the use artificial insemination in his herd. On his beloved Macland Farms near Laurinburg, he raised cattle, soybeans and cotton. "Gentleman Jim" McKenzie was president of the Association in 1957, 1958, and 1972. A charter member of the N. C. Angus Association, he served on the Board of Directors and as delegate to the American Angus Association Annual Meeting.
1994 | Lewis S. "Luke" Graham
A charter member of the N. C. Angus Association, the late Luke Graham's Oak Summit Farm on the outskirts of Winston-Salem graciously hosted the N. C. Spring Fever Sale for many years. Graham became nationally known as a breeder of fine registered Angus cattle soon after he purchased a group of Angus cows in 1959.