Jerry L. Webb
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Jerry L. Webb of Glen Farms, Elkton, Maryland passed away on March 6, 2014 in Lakeland, Florida where he wintered with his wife, Joan. Born in Springfield, Missouri, Webb was the son of Ellis and Charlotte Maxey Webb. He attended a one-room school through the eighth grade and graduated from Springfield High School. As a youth, he trained race horses and traveled the state fair circuit in southwest Missouri. Webb attended the University of Missouri where he earned a B.S. in Animal Husbandry. While at Mizzou, Webb was a member of the agricultural fraternity, Roughnecks, belonged to a talent show winning band, in which he played the washtub bass, and was enlisted in ROTC. After graduation in 1955, Webb went to Cape Girardeau County as the Assistant Extension Agent in Jackson, Missouri, where he met his future wife, Joan Philipps. He entered the US Army as a Lieutenant and was stationed in Germany as an Aerial Observer in an artillery unit. In 1957, he retired as a Captain, married Joan and moved to Pike County Missouri, where Jerry began his civilian career as the County Extension Agent.
In 1961, Webb brought his family across the country to accept a position as the Assistant Agricultural Editor at the University of Delaware. Webb was a member of several professional organizations at UD, including the American Association of Agricultural College Editors (AAACE), for whom he served as a director. He received the Pioneer AAACE Award and the Agricultural Spokesman of the Year Award. While at Delaware, Webb earned his Masters' Degree with an M.S. in Ag Economics, was an associate professor of Agricultural Communications and student advisor. He became the head of the Agricultural Sciences Communications staff in 1965. As Agricultural Editor, Webb became known as The "Voice of Agriculture"—broadcasting on several radio stations, appearing on local TV, and writing a weekly column, "Delmarva Farming," for 19 years for the Wilmington News Journal. He also freelanced as a journalist and photographer for several farming and boating magazines.
His interest in journalism and publishing led to the start of Creative Communications, a small publishing business which he and Joan operated in Elkton, Maryland for several years. During this time, Webb became instrumental in the development of an agricultural museum for Delaware. He was a founding member of the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village in Dover, serving on its first board of directors, and served two terms as president. Webb had wide-ranging interests, both inside and outside the realm of agriculture. He played bass guitar with The Moonlighters, a 14-piece big band, during the 70's, founded the Glen Farms Lucky Charms 4-H Club and was the club leader for many years, served as a Cecil County school PTA President, and was an active member of the Elkton High School Band Boosters. Mr. Webb was also a member of the Scottish Games Association of Delaware, producing the program for the annual Colonial Highland Gathering (Scottish Games) in Fair Hill, Maryland.
Recognizing the need for quality year-round hay and straw, Webb established Webway, Inc., a hay and straw brokerage, which he owned and operated with his son, Casey Webb. Webb enjoyed boating on the Chesapeake Bay and traveling across America with his family, woodworking, photography, collecting cameras, wooden boats, antique carriages and classic tractors. Known for his Ozarkian sense of humor, he was in the process of editing a book based on his boyhood experiences growing up on a Missouri farm. Webb retired from the University of Delaware in 1988 to pursue his many interests. He and his wife, Joan, were members of the Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) where Webb served as President of the association's musical group, the Frustrated Maestros.
Most recently, Webb was involved in the effort to form a Cecil County Farm Museum and this became his driving passion. He was a member and later Vice President of the Mason Dixon Oliver-Cletrac Collectors Association (MDOCCA). For years, he participated in and won several tractor pulls in the Delmarva/Pennsylvania area.
Webb was predeceased by his parents; his brother, Pat Webb, and his son-in-law, Kenneth E. Hampson. Survivors include his beloved wife of 56 years, Joan; his children, Tracy J. Webb (Patrick Doordan), North East, Maryland, Casey J. Webb (Katherine), Crystal River, Florida, and Kelly Webb Fad (Otto Fad), Lakeland, Florida; grandchildren, Gareth Webb Hampson, Kira Elise Fad, Yuri Alexander Fad and great-granddaughter, Naomi Heather Ruth; brother, Michael M. Webb, of Fresno, California and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at RT Foard and Jones, 122 W. Main Street, Newark, Delaware with a visitation beginning at 10:00. Contributions may be made in Jerry's memory to the Cecil County Farm Museum, in care of the Funeral Home. To send condolences visit www.rt foard.com.
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Published in The News Journal from Mar. 12 to Mar. 13, 2014