Tammy Powell named to ‘Alabama 4-H Wall of Fame’

Published 11:00 pm Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Tammy Powell, retired Pike County Extension Coordinator, has been named to the Alabama 4-H Wall of Fame

Powell will be inducted into the 4-H Wall of Fame at the 4-H Conference Center in Columbiana on March 19.

The Alabama 4-H Wall of Fame recognizes individuals and organizations that have had a significant effect on the 4-H Youth Development program, its members and leaders.

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The honor recognizes and pays tribute to those who have influenced lives of Alabama youth by their commitment “To Make the Best Better.”

Powell said that she is deeply humbled and honored to be named to the Alabama 4-H Wall of Fame but feels that the recognition should go to the 4-H’ers and the program’s volunteers.

“I was doing my job so I believe that the honor should go to those who gave me the opportunity to work with them,” Powell said. “But, this a tremendous honor and I am so appreciative of it and humbled by it.”

Powell said that the honor is even more meaningful and special because her mother, the late Malta “Scooter” Conners, was an inductee in the first Alabama 4-H Wall of Fame class.

Conners was inducted into the 4-H Wall of Fame as a 4-H volunteer in Houston County. Powell followed her mother’s example as a leader of young people.

Powell received her undergraduate degree from the University of Montevallo and her graduate degree from Alabama A&M.

“My first job was as dietician at Henry County Hospital,” she said. “In 1978, I went to work as assistant county agent in Jackson County and worked my way up through the ranks to associate county agent and county agent.”

Powell came to Pike County in 1985 and became the county’s Extension coordinator in 1990-91. She retired in April 2010.

“My years with Extension and here in Pike County were very rewarding,” she said.

“I hope along the way that I have helped, in some way, ‘Make the best better.’ That was my desire and my goal.”

Powell said that she looks forward to sharing the spotlight in Columbiana with those who made it possible for her to be recognized.

“I will thank them all for making this possible for me,” she said.