Fannin Soil & Water Conservation District

200 E. 1st St. Bonham, TX 75418
Tel: 903-583-9513 Ext:3
Fax: 903-583-7993

National Resources Conservation Service

Tel: 903-583-9513  Ext:3

Fax: 903-583-7993

Fannin Soil and Water Conservation District


200 E. 1st St., Bonham, Texas 75418

C. W. Jones, Chairman
Billy Partridge, Vice Chairman
Leon Bowman, Secretary-Treasurer
Harvey Milton, Member
David Keene, Member

Randy Moore, District Conservationist
Steve Deckard, Soils Cons. Technician
John Hartwell, Technician
Mary Jane Godwin, District Secretary


Volume 15

Number 3-1

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Judge Blake with newly sworn in directors John Smith and Ronny Hart

On August 4, 2010, Judge Laurie Blake administered the oath of office to the newly appointed District Directors of the Fannin Soil and Water Conservation District. John Smith replaces Leon Bowman as director in Zone 4 and Ronny Hart is filling the vacancy in Zone2, replacing David Keene, who resigned his office in June.

John Smith is a lifelong resident of Fannin County, he, his wife Carol and son Jeff, live on the farm that his great grandparents settled in 1852, and the land was deeded to the Smith family in 1870. The Smith Anus Farm was honored with the Family Land Heritage award by the Texas commissioner of Agriculture. This award is given in recognition for a century or more of continuous ownership and operation as a family agriculture enterprise. Brad, and Brain Baxter, Smith’s grandson, are the sixth generation to live on the Smith Farm. John retired from the General Cable Company in 1994 after working there for thirty-two years as supervisor over electronics and air condition and night superintendent. He and Carol stay busy with their six children and eight grandchildren and their church activities at the Oak Ridge Church of Christ. He currently serves on the board of the McCraw Chapel Water System.

Ronny Hart and his wife Marilyn were both born and reared on farms and have been raising registered Red Angus cattle for the past seven years. They retired and moved to their Fannin County property two years ago and have enjoyed the life style of living in the country. They have four children and seven grandchildren who love to spend time with Grandpa and MiMi on their High Lonesome Ranch. The Harts belong to the National Red Angus Association and the Texas Retired Teachers Association. They attend the First United Methodist Church of Bonham. Ronny graduated from Plano High School in 1965, received his BS from north Texas State University in 1970 and his Masters Degree in 1973. He worked in the Plano ISD for thirty-seven years, the last seventeen years as an Administrator at Plano East Senior High School.