As part of One Day 4-H, the Jim Wells County 4-H partnered with the Texas A&M Forest Service to celebrate the agency's 100th anniversary.
The JWC 4-H planted a Bur Oak and dedicated the tree in memory of the late Benny Clegg Saturday morning with Clegg's family and friends gathered at the fairgrounds.
Clegg served on the Jim Wells County Fair Board of Directors. He passed at the age of 58 from a sudden illness.
Family and friends of Clegg gave brief speeches on what 4-H meant to him.
“He truly had an impact on the direction of this organization,” said Rogelio Mercado, Jim Wells County Extension Agent for Agricultural. “He was not only there for his family, but for many others as well.”
Amanda Jo Clegg-Macias, daughter and Benny Ray “Buddy” Clegg II, son accepted a plaque from the 4-H presented by Barbie Wymore with the extension office.
“He was such a kind-hearted person,” Amanda said. “On behalf of my little brother and I, we want to thank all of you for being here, for doing this and for just taking the time to remember my dad.”
The tree was planted by Buddy and two 4-H members. Seedlings of the Bur Oak were given to the family.
The One Day 4-H is set aside for members of the organization to provide community service in their area.