1959, after 25 years in the military, he requested
retirement so that he could return home to the family
business of farming. It would be a change of vocation
that would present many challenges. He had a complete
lack of knowledge of cotton farming as well as the
necessary experience to deal with employees and the
inherent problems they posed. Though Frank was proficient
in dealing with military personnel, this was entirely
different. Consequently, under his 72-year-old father,
he began training for this second career and a conversion
to the civilian way of doing things. This father-son
relationship was a close and happy one at a time that
Frank and Dorothy and the children ware making the
adjustment to country life. With Jane a junior in
high school and Tom getting ready to begin first grade,
the problems of farm and family kept them busy.
his father's death in 1964, Frank took over the farming
operation - Eutaw Plantation of Minter City. Like
all other farmers, he and his family are striving
to remain abreast of the technological changes, as
well as the financial pressures of that industry.
Each day brings new and greater challenges.
Jane, is now married and living in Fort Walton, Florida,
and has two children about to graduate from Florida
State University. Son, Tom, is also married and is
presently running the family operation at Minter City.
He has two boys, ages 12 and 17, who, it is hoped,
will carry on the family farming tradition.
has been active in community affairs, serving on various
committees of the Delta Council, Sunnyside Lion's
Club, Boy Scouts, the Minter City Board, in various
organizations promoting farming interests, and as
a member of the Episcopal Church of the Nativity.
he retired and he spent his leisure hours with family
and friends traveling, golfing and walking the beach
at Dauphen Island. Frank felt a great sense of pride,
achievement and satisfaction in knowing he has served
his family, his community, his church, and his country
with honor and distinction.
What better legacy can any man leave?
L to R: Frank Sturdivant,
R. D. Harrison (P-10)
, Beta Epsilon;
Ralph A. Hardin (P-7);
Richard E. Davis, Beta Iota
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