(1897 – 1963)
Thousands of his friends mourned the passing of Charles Brockway. His sense of humor, warm friendliness, and deep understanding of people served him well as he went about advising the people of Alabama. Residents in Autauga, Monroe, Macon, Butler, and Mobile were fortunate to have this county agent.
A native of Livingston, Charles Jacob Brockway attended Livingston High School. After graduating, he went to Auburn and earned a B.S. degree in agriculture in 1918. Mr. Brockway worked two years as foreman of a Birmingham steel mill and then was principal and teacher in Enterprise for a year.
In August 1922, Charles Brockway became county agent in Autauga. He served in several other counties and finally settled in Mobile, where he remained for twenty-nine years. His distinguished service resulted in many commendable accomplishments: initiation of Mobile Farmers’ Market; the establishment and maintenance of DHLA program in Mobile County; development of one of District III’s strongest Farm Bureau organizations; and the display of his unique mastery of public relations.
Charles Brockway was also active in professional and community activities, serving as president of the Alabama Association of County Agricultural Agents and commander of a local American Legion post. He was also a member of Kiwanis and the Baptist Church.
This great individual was loved and respected by all who knew him. It is in tribute to his life and work that the name of Charles J. Brockway is inscribed on the dedicatory plaque of the Extension Memorial Chapel.
Chapel Plaque Inscription Number: 121