Mr. Freddie Wakefield received his BSA degree in Agriculture Education
from Fort Valley State University and his Masters in Agriculture
Education from Florida A&M University.
At the time of his death in 1993, Mr. Wakefield had served 27 years
as an FFA advisor and agriculture teacher. He taught in the Appling
County School System for one year, the Irwin County School System
for six years, the Webster County School System for four years,
and the Brooks County System for 17 years.
Mr. Wakefield's students received many honors as Star Greenhands,
Star Chapter Farmers and Georgia Planters. There were four state
officers and eight American Farmers under his leadership. Additionally,
his students won awards in numerous competitions. Mr. Wakefield
was well known for his work at the county cannery, county livestock
shows and annual FFA banquets as well as with the community's adult
farmers. The FFA organization and adult farmer program won first
place ribbons yearly for exhibits at the county fair.
In 1980, Mr. Wakefield received the NVATA Teacher of Teachers award
and was a Brooks County Teacher of the Year nominee. Brooks County
High also dedicated the yearbook to him. He holds the Honorary State
and Chapter Farmer Degrees and the Chapter FHA Degree. District
I and the Fort Valley State College Agricultural Alumni Association
recognized him for his service. Mr. Wakefield was a member of the
AVA, GVATA, NVA, Fort Valley State College Agriculture Alumni Association,
GAE, NEA and Brooks County Association of Educators. He served on
the USAA National Advisory Board. He was also a member of the Phi
Beta Sigma Fraternity. Mr. Wakefield was a member of Bethel A.M.E.
Church in Quitman and served as a steward, trustee and president
of the senior choir.