On the Local Level Fall 2012

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CUMBERLAND COUNTY Farm Bureau has established a $100,000 endowment for scholarships in memory of two Cumberland County Agriculture Hall of Fame Members. The Gordon M. Williams Memorial Scholarship and the J. McNatt Gillis Memorial Scholarship will each be awarded to a Cumberland County high school student who plans to study agriculture in a four-year land grant university or a community college. Each scholarship is worth $1,000 and is endowed by the Cumberland County Farm Bureau and managed by the Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc.

“Both of these gentlemen were very compassionate people who loved and were dedicated to their families, community, state and country,” said Cumberland County Farm Bureau President Sherrill Jernigan.The late Gordon M. Williams was president of the Cumberland County Farm Bureau for nearly two decades and was active in all aspects of farming and community service. Gordon Williams lived in Godwin and helped found the Godwin-Falcon Fire Department. The late J. McNatt Gillis was a farmer and the secretary-treasurer of the Cumberland County Farm Bureau for about 40 years. He was a longtime Cumberland County commissioner.

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