5 honored at Saturday night’s rodeo

Published: Monday, October 14, 2013 at 11:35 AM.

Jack Tison was born and raised in Bonifay. He graduated from Holmes County High School in 1943 and as soon as he turned 18 he received his greetings from Uncle Sam to report for military duty. He entered the service in December of 1943 and after basic training he served in the Asiatic/Pacific theatre in the Philippine Islands in the 24th Infantry Division of the 19th Infantry Regiment of the U.S. Army. As a Rifleman and later a combat medic, he saw hand to hand combat in the jungles on three islands of the Philippines under the command of General Douglas McArthur.

He was honorably discharged in April of 1946 with a Purple Heart and other commendations. He then entered the University of Florida where he earned a degree in Vocational Agricultural Education in June of 1950. He was a Future Farmers of America Advisor and Vocational Agricultural Teacher in Holmes County for 34 years.

His wife of almost 64 years was present during the recognition ceremony. They have two sons and a daughter. Their son Hiram and daughter Cindy Webb followed in their father’s footsteps as FFA Advisors and Ag Teachers. Their son Glen owns a print business in Panama City. All three are graduates of the University of Florida. They have six granddaughters and one grandson.

Since his retirement from the school system, he and his wife operate a successful blueberry farm in Bonifay with their son Glen who is now associated with the business.

Jack was a charter member of the Holmes County Fair Association and the Holmes County Teachers Credit Union, now Community South Bank.

The family has always been active in the First Baptist Church where he has been an active deacon for over 50 years.

Zak Richardson

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