Alabama 4-H Wall of Fame

W. D. “Demp” Jones

Extension Specialist, 4-H Livestock

Nominated for the National 4-H Hall of Fame in 2007

During William D. “Demp” Jones* 28-year 4-H career in Walker County, he trained more than 30,000 youth and was credited with instilling in them high moral standards and strong leadership skills. During that time, he had 85 state winners and 15 national scholarship winners from Walker County.

Three brothers – Jerry, Galen, and Dorman Grace – each won the national poultry competition under Jones’ leadership, the only instance where a family of siblings all achieved this level. Dorman Grace continues his commitment to 4-H taught by Jones, currently serving as vice-chairman of the Alabama 4-H Club Foundation, Inc.

Jones organized the first Junior Cattlemen’s Association and he also organized the first 4-H club for children with disabilities at North Highland School. “They learned the 4-H pledge and were proud to be able to recite it at each meeting,” says Jones.