Jamey M. Clarey
Jamey Clary was reared on the family farm in Akron, Alabama—just a few miles from that other university north of here. However, Auburn University and the entire state of Alabama benefitted from his orange-and-blue state of mind. Clary received his bachelor=s degree in agricultural education from Auburn in 1974 and went on to complete a master’s in adult and vocational education in 1982, also from Auburn.
Clary had a 29-year career with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System that echoed a long-established lifestyle of service. After assignments in Houston, Etowah, and Tuscaloosa Counties, he was transferred back to his home area of Hale County.
Clary was honored on many occasions for outstanding accomplishments in youth programs but his influence extended to adults as well. Clary was active in the cattle industry, working with growers and the Alabama Beef Cattle Improvement Association. As a cattleman himself, he assisted farmers as they worked to upgrade their cattle through nutrition, bull management, herd health, and other aspects of herd management.
In recognition of his dedication and contributions, Clary received the Alabama Association of County Agricultural Agents’ Search for Excellence award. Other acknowledgments included the 4-H Certificate of Achievement, outstanding work on direct mail communications, and distinguished service awards.
After retiring from the Extension System in 2003, Clary became executive director of the Alabama Catfish Marketing Association during a crucial time for the industry. While foreign imports were disrupting the domestic market, Clary worked with Alabama and Mississippi catfish producers and the Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture and Industry’s office to establish proper labeling laws. One law that requires point-of-origin labels on all fish sold continues to protect both consumers and growers.
Clary had a vision for finding ways to work through problems, regularly thinking of new ways to help and motivate individuals to improve their quality of life. He had an old-fashioned Extension work ethic that was a way of life for him. His unquestionable integrity, great enthusiasm, and dedication to agriculture were evident through his service. He was a past member of the AU Agricultural Alumni Association and an active member of his church.
Clary died in 2007 at age 55. He is survived by his wife, Gina, and two sons, Chase and Kyle.