Gail M. Williams
MULESHOE JOURNAL CORRESPONDENT
The Texas Farm Bureau recently announced that a Bailey County farmer and businessman, the late Curby J. Brantley, has been honored with the District 2 Farm Bureau Pioneer Award. The award was accepted by his son, Curby J. Brantley Jr.
According to a post on texasfarmbureau. org, Brantley became a Farm Bureau member in 1965 and served as director, secretary and vice president. He was a very involved county leader, serving on many committees.
Brantley represented Bailey County Farm Bureau as a voting delegate at many state annual meetings and on the National Affairs Awards Trip in Washington, D.C. He served in the U.S. Army National Guard.
In 1992, he started a lawn service business, which became part of the local school’s work program. Brantley worked with17 boys and girls teaching them a skill as they gained work experience with financial opportunities, plus instilling good work principles.
Brantley headed the Muleshoe Volunteer Fire Department. He was a member of the local Lions Club and helped organize many local parades. Brantley was a Shriner, a 32nd DegreeMasterMason and a member of First United Methodist Church in Muleshoe.
The Bailey County Farm Bureau board of directors nominated him by saying, “Mr. Brantley is a deserving candidate for the Pioneer Award because of his numerous ties and contributions to the community and to Farm Bureau.”
Each year, 13 Texas farmers and ranchers and one retired professional staff member are honored with the Texas
Farm Bureau Pioneer Award. They are selected for their contributions to agriculture and the organization, both through service and leadership.