Goodwin L. Myrick


Goodwin L. Myrick was born May 9, 1925, in Gadsden, Alabama. He attended Southside High School where he played football and basketball and was active in FFA.

A successful dairyman for many years, Myrick has been a leader in dairy industry activities in Alabama and the United States. He was president of the American Dairy Association of Alabama during 1967-71 and was a director of the national association from 1969 until 1971. He served as a regional director of the board of Southeastern United Dairy Industries of America during 1972-76. He currently operated dairy farms in Gadsden and Talladega with his sons and son-in-law.

Myrick has been a leader in Alabama Farm Bureau and Alabama Farmers Federation since the
1960s. He has been president of the state group since 1978, a period when membership has grown from 223,000 to more than 340,000. Earlier he had served as vice president and a member of the board of directors. He is currently president and chief executive officer of Alfa Companies, and is on the board of directors for Central Bank of the South and Central Bancshares of the South, Inc. In 1990, he was named one of Alabama’s 10 most influential men by “Alabama Monthly” magazine.

Myrick led the Alabama Farmers Federation to become the first contributor to Auburn University’s million-dollar eminent scholar program. He also was instrumental in Alfa/Alabama Farmers Federation making major contributions to Auburn agricultural scholarships, to the Alabama 4-H Center dormitory fund, to the agriculture summer honors program, and to other Auburn agricultural teaching, extension, and research programs.

Myrick has five children, Rita Thomas, Deborah Prince, Gary Myrick, Donna Haynes, and Greg Myrick, and eight grandchildren.