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Walter E. Brandon, Sr.


April 1, 1928-September 2012 Born in Charleston, SC he moved to Florida in

the 1940‘s and in 1950 married Mae ―Mink,‖ who survives him along with two children, two grand- children, and two great-grandchildren. Walt served in the 101st Airborn Army. He was a foun- der of the Wildlife Conservation League of Palm Beach County. He helped create the South Flor- ida Fair Conservation Exhibit and in 1995, was named Conservationist of the Year. He served as a member of the Board of Directors of the South Florida Fair.

Senator Edgar Hilleary Price, Jr. January 1, 1918-December 1, 2012

A former Florida State Senator, he was Executive

Vice President of Tropicana, and was active in state and local government throughout his lifetime. He was a director of the Manatee County Fair in the 50‘s and 60‘s. He was predeceased by his wife Elise. He is survived by a son, two granddaughters and two great granddaughters.

James C. Robinson, Jr. 1926-December 12, 2012

He was President of the Florida National Bank for

40 years as well as serving in numerous organiza- tions for many years, including the Pensacola Inter- state Fair where he served as a director since 1965. He was on the committee to build the Escambia Equestrian Center where he was show manager for 20+ years. He is survived by his wife Betty, one daughter and one granddaughter.

Fayette Dennison 1922-December 25, 2012

A CPA by profession, he was born in Bowling Green, KY and was a proud veteran. He was a WWII Bom- badier in the 751st Squadron of the 8th Air Force. He graduated from the University of Florida in 1948 and in 1950 returned to military service during the Ko- rean War. He had been a Board Member of the Pen- sacola Interstate Fair since 1981. He was prede- ceased by his wife Jewell. He is survived by two sons, a daughter and several grandchildren and

great grandchildren. Jack Metzger 1932-January 5, 2013 Jack was a host of a children‘s programs on local

TV. He was best known as Mr. Jackson on Miami‘s Channel 10. He was inducted into the South Florida Chapter of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1994 for over 25 years of service. He was director of Creative Services for the Miami-Dade County Fair & Expo until retiring in 1997. He is survived by one sis- ter.

Roger Alan Hill 1944-March 1, 2013 A 43 year employee of Schroeder-Manatee

Ranch who rose through the ranks to become ranch manager. He was involved in the wider Manatee County community, serving on the Mana- tee River Fair Board, including two terms as presi- dent. He was also active in the Manatee Farm Bu- reau and the Manatee Cattlemen‘s Association. He is survived by his wife Laurie, three daughters, 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

February 11, 1981-March 5, 2013 Katy taught Agriculture at Wilkinson Junior High

School and influenced many young people involved in the Clay County Fair. She was the FFA chapter leader. Katy never met an animal she didn‘t love and tried to instill that love in her students. She is the daughter of Gayward and Susan Hendry, and sister of Betsy Hendry.

Maxine McMillan Hooper May 13, 1944-April 11, 2013

Born in Manatee County, Maxine was a Manatee

County Commissioner for ten years. She served on Florida Farm Bureau, the Manatee County Fair Board, Manatee County Agricultural Museum, Lilfetime member of Entre Nous, and Chairman of Manatee County Port Authority. She is survived by her husband George, two daughters and five grand daughters.

Mary E. Reilly 1922-April 25, 2013 Mary served as a director of the Miami-Dade County Fair for more than

40 years, and had remained an active board member until the time of her death. A long-time volunteer, she and her late husband, Thomas, were the superintendents of the Fair‘s American Heritage and World History De- partment for a number of years prior to her election to the Fair Board. She was Chairwoman of the Board in 1989, and was a superintendent of Guest Relations for nearly 20 years. She is survived by two daughters, 12 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Donald Lee Wakerman 1930-April 25, 2013

Don was a Professor Emeritus at the University of Florida in the Department of Agriculture. He was a member of the Florida Cattlemans Association, Al- pha Gamma Rho, Gamma Sigma Delta, The Ameri- can Society of Animal Science and was the very first educator to be inducted into the Florida Agriculture Hall of Fame. He was an internationally known cattle judge and coached the UF Livestock Judging Team

winning several national honors as well as having judged over 300 na- tional and international breed shows. He is survived by his wife Mary Lu, two sons, a daughter, and two grandsons.

Joseph William Tenhagen 1934-April 27, 2013

President of he Tenhagen Gemological Laboratory,

Inc., Grading and appraisal of gemstones and jew- elry. Publisher of the ―Diamond Value Index‖ 1995- 2000, along with other publications and newsletter articles. He was superintendent in the student exhib- its department of the Miami-Dade County Fair & Ex- position for more than 30 years. He is survived by his wife Mary, a son, and two grandchildren.

James Maxwell Alford 1927-May 3, 2013

A native of Tallahassee and a member of a pio- neer family of Leon County, Mr. Alford was ac- tively engaged in agriculture and the livestock industry until his death. He served as president and was a long-time director of the Leon County Cattlemen‘s Association, a director of the North Florida Fair Association. He is survived by his wife Connie, three sons, two daughters and sev- eral grandchildren.

Please help us honor and recognize our friends in the Fair industry that pass away during the year by sending their names and Fair affiliation to the Federation for inclusion in the Resolutions passed at each year‘s Convention and also be included in the next issue of the newsletter. Send to Dawn Rowe at and/or


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