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County bids farewell to ‘big brother’ Jay
Jay Faktor accepts a plaque Jan. 25, 2012, during the Wilson County Junior Stock Show, surrounded by some of the many people he assisted with show projects.
Some area youth trying their hands in the stock show ring may wish they had a big brother to help them learn the ropes. Jay Faktor was such a figure, serving as an “adult pal” and mentor for area youth for many years. On April 3, Jay entered eternal rest in San Antonio.
A 1982 graduate of Poth High School, Jay received the highest degree in 4-H and the American Farmer Degree in FFA.
His passion for the stock show ring continued beyond graduation, as he assisted area youth involved in the 4-H and FFA organizations with their animal projects for many years. In some cases, he helped two generations of the same family.
Jay was presented a plaque in January 2012 for his service and dedication to the area youth during the Wilson County Junior Livestock Show.
“Jay’s passion was supporting the youth of Wilson County,” said Joslyn Kotzur, Wilson County AgriLife Extension agent for 4-H. “He was always there to volunteer when asked and he will be greatly missed by our community.”
Jay, the son of Albert and Betty Faktor of Poth, is well-known at the Wilson County Junior Livestock Show. He served as both a director and supervisor of the show, and as superintendent in the swine division.
The president of two area swine organizations, he also raised show pigs and show goats.
When not on the road assisting children or attending shows, Jay could be found at Farmers Gin Co. in Poth.
The community came together Monday to bid a final last farewell to Wilson County’s own “big brother” of the show ring.
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