The Lonnie Wymes Family was selected by the Gulf County Cooperative Extension Service as Gulf County Farm Family of the Year


The Lonnie Wymes Family was selected by the Gulf County Cooperative Extension Service as Gulf County Farm Family of the Year.  The honor ceremonies took place at the Annual Farm Bureau Dinner last Thursday at the Honeyville Community Center. Present were Lonnie Wymes, Sr., his wife Pansy, daughter Denise and son Daniel.



The family is native to Wewahitchka and agricultural endeavors have been a way of life for Lonnie and Pansy since their early childhood, they said.



Their family venture is truly a family business.  They are involved in vegetable production and seasonal crops grown for local markets include corn, southern field peas, watermelons, okra, beans, sweet potatoes, collards, turnips, cabbage, mustard and Irish potatoes. 



Lonnie is also a fulltime employee at the paper mill in Panama City.  About 75 percent of the family vegetables are sold to workers at the paper mill.



The Wymes family is also very civic minded, noted Extension Director Roy Lee Carter.



They are members of St. John Freewill Baptist Church located in Wewahitchka in which Lonnie serves on the Board of Deacons. Pansy is a Deaconess, and when her health allows she ministers to the elderly and sick individuals in the community, Carter said. Lonnie and Pansy are strong supporters of the Wewa Community Choir’s Union and The African American Collegiate Scholarship Fund.



The Gulf County Extension Service would like to thank the North Florida Fair in Tallahassee for sponsoring the event honoring the Wymes Family and making the event possible. 



GulfCounty’s Farm Family is among eighteen (18) families in North Florida from Escambia to Duval County receiving county honors.



The family will be honored at the North Florida Fair, a day of their choice Nov. 1-12 with free food and wrist bands for rides at the carnival.



The Gulf County Extension Service appreciates Farm Bureau hosting the event as part of their annual meeting held each year during the month of October here in Gulf County, Carter said.