|A member of the Alabama Farmers Federation for 53 years, Earl Saxon, shown here with "Gus," now enjoys his retirement by operating the Leisure Acres Quail Hunting Preserve.
-- Photo by Kyle Hayes
Attalla, Etowah County
Alfa Member Since:
Current Office or Board:
Vice President, Etowah County Farmers Federation
Chairman, Etowah County Farmers Federation Wildlife Committee
FarmPAC Advisory Trustee
Previous Office(s) or Board:
President, Etowah County Farmers Federation
State Board Member, Alabama Farmers Federation
Other Farming Activities:
Alabama Cattlemen's Association
Retired Chairman, Big Wills Water Board
Chairman, Cave Springs Cemetery.
Through the sale of lots, Earl has developed the Cave Springs Cemetery into a perpetual care cemetery -- an oddity for a small rural cemetery. "He's one of those guys who wears a white hat all the time," says Virginia. "I would say that even if he wasn't my husband. He is just a good man and a good husband."
While he has retired from raising hay and cattle, today he operates a 60-acre quail hunting preserve called Leisure Acres. Opened three years ago, the preserve originally hatched its own quail but now goes with flight-ready birds only. He tries to keep 100 quail on hand at all times. According to Earl's wife, Virginia, he opened Leisure Acres for two reasons: 1. He loves hunting , and wanted a nice leisurely hunt (hence, the preserve's name) that people with impaired mobility can still get out and enjoy; and 2. Earl wanted to leave something for their 12-year-old grandson, Justin. Interested hunters should call him at (256) 490-0621.
Earl has nine bird dogs, including German short-hair, pointers and setters.
The Biggest Challenge Facing Agriculture:
"Making it profitable to attract young people," says Mr. Saxon.
I'm Proud Of:
"I'm proud of building a positive relationship with elected officials," he says. "And I'm proud of being placed on the Alabama FFA Wall of Honor (in 2006)."
Earl met Virginia, his wife of 53 years, through a mutual friend one day when he stopped at a drive-in restaurant for a cup of coffee before work. Virginia was just 17 at the time, and the two got married in 1957 -- four days after she graduated high school.
The Saxons have two sons, Earl III and Cliff, and one grandson, Justin.
Earl is a member and deacon of Cave Springs Baptist Church. He is also a retired Sunday school teacher and retired church treasurer.
A Good Day/Bad Day Is...
"A good day is when I do something to help someone," says Earl. "A bad day is when everything breaks."
You May Not Know This About Me:
"I was quiet and shy until age 35," he says.
"He was very quiet," Virginia agrees. "Then, I don't know what happened."
-- Compiled by Darryal Ray