A. Wyndol Murrah
Wyndol Murrah came from modest beginnings, helping his family carve out a living on a 24-acre farm in Chilton County. After graduating from Chilton County High School and working to save enough money to attend Auburn University, Murrah saw his college career shortened by World War II. He fought in one of the toughest battles of that war in Huertgen Forest and returned to Alabama undaunted by the hardships he suffered there.
After the War, he returned to Auburn to earn a bachelor’s degree in ag science, and in 1950 began a career in agricultural finance that was to ultimately touch the lives of thousands of Alabama farmers and millions of Alabama consumers. He began his career in 1950, as an assistant county supervisor for Farmers Home Administration and completed his career in 1986, as the first president of the newly formed First South Production Credit Association, with loans valued at $540 million.
Murrah spent much of his career in Ozark, where he headed Wiregrass Production Credit Association. During his 20-year stay there, loans increased from $2 million to more than $650 million, providing a means for many Alabama families to stay in farming and providing the financial impetus for the state’s agricultural industry to grow into the largest economic entity in Alabama.
During his career, Murrah achieved virtually every award possible in agricultural finance, yet found time to devote to his community, his family, and his church. Murrah and his wife, Betty, have four children, Rick, who lives in Ozark, Gayle Horner, who lives in Montgomery, Donna Robbins, who lives in Langley AFB, Virginia, and Sara Ivie, who lives in Denver, Colorado.