2017-04-19 / Front Page

Dedication held for J.C. Douglas Agricultural Center

By Deborah Bennett
Millen News editor


From left, Grady Saxon, County Administrator, Rev. P.M. Broomfield and Mrs. Ellen Douglas, widow of J.C. Douglas, admire the commemorative marker that was presented to Mrs. Douglas during the dedication of the Jimmie C. (J.C.) Douglas Agricultural Center on Friday, April 14th. (Staff photos by Deborah Bennett) From left, Grady Saxon, County Administrator, Rev. P.M. Broomfield and Mrs. Ellen Douglas, widow of J.C. Douglas, admire the commemorative marker that was presented to Mrs. Douglas during the dedication of the Jimmie C. (J.C.) Douglas Agricultural Center on Friday, April 14th. (Staff photos by Deborah Bennett) The Jenkins County Agriculture Center has a new name. The building was renamed the Jimmie C. Douglas Agricultural Center during a dedication ceremony held Friday, April 14th, at the Center.

Mr. Douglas was a County Agent with the Jenkins County Extension Service for 28 years, a member of the Board of Jenkins County Commissioners for 12 years, serving as Chairman for five years. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of Swainsboro Technology College for nine years. He had served on the Jenkins County Memorial Library Board and was a member of Zion Baptist Church where he served as Chairman of the Deacon Board, Sunday School Superintendent and Treasurer.


Lannie Lanier, a former Jenkins County Extension Service Director, presents a history of the Agricultural Building during the dedication ceremony to rename the building in honor of former county agent and county commissioner Jimmie C. Douglas. Lannie Lanier, a former Jenkins County Extension Service Director, presents a history of the Agricultural Building during the dedication ceremony to rename the building in honor of former county agent and county commissioner Jimmie C. Douglas. The reoccurring traits acknowledged by all who spoke in Mr. Douglas’ honor were friendship, respect dignity, integrity and servant.

James Henry, Chairman of the Jenkins County Board of Commissioners, welcomed those attending, calling the occasion “a great day.” Following his remarks, Jason Mallard, Jenkins County Extension Agent, gave the invocation.

Wade Parker, Georgia Extension Service, highlighted Mr. Douglas’ distinguished service, commenting that he was a “servant leader” who possessed “great dignity” and who had earned “great respect” throughout the community.


Wade Parker, Georgia Extension Service, outlines Mr. J.C. Douglas’ distinguished service to the community during dedication of Agricultural Building. Wade Parker, Georgia Extension Service, outlines Mr. J.C. Douglas’ distinguished service to the community during dedication of Agricultural Building. “I considered him a friend, a mentor and it is an honor to speak on his behalf,” Mr. Parker said.

In his remarks, Mr. Parker noted that the accomplishment of which Mr. Douglas was most proud was the establishment of the J.C. Douglas Memorial Scholarship at Savannah State University, his alma mater. The endowment was established in 2014 to assist students who exemplify the qualities of leadership, sportsmanship and community service.

Troy Gay, County Attorney, remembered Mr. Douglas as a “friend and colleague.”

“The mental picture you see of him is that smile. When you come by this building from now on, you’re going to smile because you remember his smile,” Mr. Gay said.

Lannie Lanier, a former Jenkins County Extension Service Director, presented a brief history of the agriculture building, noting that planning for the building began in 1992 with a $100,000 appropriation from the Georgia Legislature and another $25,000 appropriation from the Legislature in 1995.

“A lot of people did a lot of work to make this building possible.” Mr. Lanier commented.

Former Southeast District 4-H Board of Director member, Giovanni Shumake, spoke about Mr. Douglas from a 4-H perspective.

“I am grateful for the guidance Mr. Douglas provided during my adolescent years,” Mr. Shumake said.

He then illustrated four important qualities that Mr. Douglas possessed to the 4-H emblem, a 4-leaf clover.

“If I could I describe Mr. Douglas using those four petals, one would be for ‘helpful’, one for ‘honorable’, one for ‘humanitarian’ and one for ‘husband,’” Mr. Shumake said.

Rev. P.M. Broomfield, Moderator of the Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Association and pastor of Zion Baptist Church, “blessed” the building with a prayer. Rev. Broomfield recalled Mr. Douglas’ faithful service to Zion.

Wanda Dwight, a family friend, spoke on behalf of Mrs. Ellen Douglas, the widow of Mr. Douglas, expressing her appreciation and “thanks” to all who had gathered to remember and honor Mr. Douglas.

Grady Saxon, County Administrator, announced that the permanent plaque for the building had not been completed and unveiled a “temporary” marker that was presented to Mrs. Douglas. When the permanent plaque is completed it will be placed on the Ag Center building.

Following the program, refreshments were provided by the Jenkins County Chamber of Commerce.

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