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Oklahoma Agricultural Hall of Fame
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Murray Williams-2006

Governor Brad Henry today named Murray Williams, Altus cotton farmer and livestock producer, to the Oklahoma Agriculture Hall of Fame. The ceremony marked the end of the 3rd annual Governor’s Conference on Agriculture and Economic Growth held in Oklahoma City. 

Governor Henry said Williams, 80, has lived a life of service to Oklahoma while fulfilling a childhood dream. In 1936, at the age of 11, Williams told a reporter that he “wanted to be a farmer more than anything in the world.”

“I’d have to say he did that with a vengeance,” Governor Henry said noting that he was recognized at the 1958 Outstanding Young Farmer for Jackson County and was named the Outstanding Young Farmer for the State of Oklahoma the following year.

In 1980 Williams was named the United States Cotton Farmer of the Year.

Williams’ service to various agricultural organizations and commodity groups has also been exemplary, Henry said. Equally important has been his dedication to his community and state. 

“Active in his church, a strong supporter of his local school system, and an ambassador of agriculture to international groups who have visited his farm, he also exhibits the traits that make our state such a wonderful place to live,” he said. “His commitment to community, church and industry makes (Williams) a shining example to us all.”

An emotional Williams accepted the award on behalf of himself and his wife, Lurlene, who he credited with his success. “Lurlene has been my partner for 60 years,” Williams said. “I couldn’t have accomplished any of this without her.”

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