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Gloria and George Jeffcoat have been married 40 years since first meeting on the campus of Troy State University.

-- Photo by Darryal Ray

Name:
Gloria Jeffcoat

Age:
59

Residence:
Gordon, Houston County

Alfa Member Since:
1970

Current Office or Board:
  • State Women's Leadership Committee
  • Region Four Representative, State Women's Leadership Committee
  • Chairman, Houston County Women's Leadership Committee


Previous Office(s) or Board:
  • Chairman, State Women's Leadership Committee
  • State Board Member, Alabama Farmers Federation
  • Vice-Chairman, State Women's Leadership Committee
  • Secretary, State Women's Leadership Committee
  • State Farm Service Agency Committee


Other Farming Activities:
  • Houston County Farm-City Poster & Essay Chairman
  • National Peanut Festival Volunteer
  • Vice-Chairman, Ashford Study Club
  • Second Vice-President, Delta Kappa Gamma


The Jeffcoat Farm:
The Jeffcoats' farm, a partnership of Gloria and husband, George, evolved from a poultry, cattle, timber and produce operation to growing timber and row crops, mainly peanuts and cotton.

What I Like About Agriculture:
"Agriculture has provided food for our tables and a way of life that allowed my children to learn how to be productive and hard workers in their chosen professions," says Gloria.

The Biggest Challenge Facing Agriculture:
"Agriculture is always changing," says Gloria. "You may do everything you can to have a good crop and harvest but the weather and costly inputs can cause even the best manager to see a decrease in the bottom line."

My Family:
Gloria and George have been married 40 years, having first met in college at Troy State University. They have two daughters, Amy Tyler and Vicki Pignataro, son Cliff Jeffcoat and four granddaughters, Sydney (9), Morgan (8), Lucy (7) and Eva (4 months).

I'm Proud Of:
"I have been blessed with three fabulous children," says Gloria. "Each of them are great employees because they have learned from their father how to work hard and take pride in what you do. In the words of my son, 'No one can out-work a Jeffcoat.' I also have a wonderful daughter-in-law and two great sons-in-law. The greatest blessing of my life has been my four grandddaughters."

My Faith:
Gloria is a member of the First United Methodist Church of Dothan where she serves as chairman of the Outreach & Evangelism Committee and is a member of the Executive Council, the Board of Stewards and the Altar Guild.

Education/Major:
Gloria holds a bachelor's of science degree in elementary education and a master's of science degree in early childhood education from Troy State University.

A Good Day/Bad Day Is ... "A good day is when I speak to each of my children and grandchildren," says Gloria. "A bad day is when I missed an opportunity to share with a friend."

You May Not Know This About Me: "Even though my father was raised on a farm, I was not raised on a farm but lived four blocks from downtown Elba," says Gloria. "I walked to school, church, the grocery store, the library and the swimming pool while growing up in Elba."


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