The late Homer (Bud) Praytor of Lindale was recognized as the Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) District 5 Pioneer Award recipient for his contributions to Texas agriculture and the organization during TFB’s 80thannual meeting on Dec. 8. Praytor’s wive Beth accepted the award in his memory. District 5 is made up of 22 counties.
“The Pioneer Award is designed to honor men like Bud who work to promote Texas agriculture, youth involvement and the Texas Farm Bureau,” TFB President Kenneth Dierschke said. “We’re proud to offer this award in Bud’s memory to recognize his many contributions to his community, the state and his fellow farmers and ranchers.”
Praytor joined TFB in the 1970s. He served on the Smith County Farm Bureau board of directors for more than 25 years with several years in the role of president. He also served as a dedicated member of the Membership, Labor Relations and Safety committees.
A 35-year employee of the Texas Employment Commission, Praytor also served on the Lindale Water Board for 25 years and served as treasurer and work superintendent for the Hopewell Cemetery Association for almost 40 years. He was a member of Lindale First United Methodist Church serving on numerous committees, and was church treasurer for many years. He served six years as part of the Smith County Appraisal Board. He was a Master Mason of the Lindale Masonic Lodge for 49 years.
TFB’s Pioneer Award honors one outstanding Texas farmer or rancher in each of the organization’s 13 districts, as well as one staff member. Winners are chosen annually by a panel of their peers for their exceptional contributions to agriculture and Texas Farm Bureau. Bud’s picture will hang, with all the other Pioneers winners, in the Hall of Honor at the Texas Farm Bureau State office in Waco.