Roy N. Hereford Jr.
ROY N. HEREFORD JR. was a New Hope, Alabama, native whose family relocated to Faunsdale in 1949 when he was 14 years old. He credited growing up on the farms in Madison and Marengo counties for establishing his love of the agricultural industry.
Hereford graduated from Alabama Polytechnic Institute in 1957 with a bachelor’s degree in animal husbandry. As a student, he served as business manager for the API yearbook and vice president of the College of Agriculture’s student council and was a member of the livestock judging team and Sigma Nu fraternity. Also during his time at API, he worked toward his commission in the Army as second lieutenant and, after graduating, served six months of active duty at Fort Knox, Kentucky. He then returned to the family farm in Faunsdale, fulfilling his military obligations with the 156th Battalion headquartered in Linden.
Throughout his career, he was active in several agriculture-related organizations, serving as president of the Marengo County Cattleman’s Association, a charter member of the Marengo County Farm Bureau and organizer of the county’s 4-H–FFA steer show. His honors included being named an Outstanding Young Farmer by the Junior Chamber of Commerce of Demopolis in “recognition of exceptional progress in agriculture and contributions to the community.”
His true passion was auctioneering, primarily at livestock and farm equipment sales. One of his most exciting moments was the selling of an Angus bull at Auburn University for $320,000.
In an effort to improve public perception of the auction business, he established a statewide association to hold auctioneers accountable for their professional conduct and to discipline individuals guilty of conducting business unethically. For his leadership, the Alabama State Board of Auctioneers posthumously honored him in 1987 for his outstanding service as a member and officer.
Hereford’s peers in the agricultural industry say he was charismatic, humble, knowledgeable of agriculture, and was successful in spreading that knowledge to others.
He and his wife, Judy, had four children—Leanne, Trey, Rachel and Samantha—and five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
In 1986, Hereford was diagnosed with brain cancer and passed away two years later. He was 52.