favorites were Mrs. Hassel,
Mrs. Perkins, Leon Farris, S T Morris, Mr. and Mrs. Lindley and
Kenneth Hull. I also had some great coaches like Don Sayre and
Tom Larman, who was my baseball and basketball coaches. I have
many great memories on the baseball diamond; we won many
conference, district, and regional titles.
I guess if
I had to pick the one teacher that I really hit it
off with the most, I would pick Gerald Roberts, my
Vo Ag Teacher. If it wasnít for him, my life would
have been much different. With all his agricultural
knowledge that he passed on to me helped get the job
that I have with the United Stated Department of
Agriculture. Itís hard to put into words what it
meant to me to have attended a small school like
Moss. I was not only taught out of the book, I was
taught common sense and everyday life.
What was school life like?
When I was
in grade school, I will never forget that Orvil
Milam always got me off the bus that I normally ride
home in and put me on his bus. He always did that on
the last day of school prior to Christmas break,
because he would stop at Brillís store and buy
everyone on the bus a candy bar for Christmas. This
continued every year until 1969 when my dad (W G),
built a store in Horntown, so we stopped there
Where did you live while attending Moss?
From my birth in 1958 until I move away in 1984 I lived in
downtown Horntown, OK.
After Moss I attended Seminole Junior College and then on to Oklahoma State
Because of the degree I
received, along with my agricultural experience; I
was hired by the Farm Service Agency in Holdenville
as a Program Technician and remained there through
1983. In January of 1984 I was selected to become
the County Executive Director in Garvin and Murray
counties. Pauls Valley is where I moved and remain
as of today. During my career with the Farm Service
Agency I have worked in Washington DC for several
years, Puerto Rico, and New Orleans. I am also a
firefighter with the Pauls Valley Fire Department
and since 2006 I have been a NASCAR Firefighter, I
work as a Pit Row Firefighter at Texas Motor
If I had to credit
Moss for the greatest gift that it gave me during my
12 years there, I would have to say it was without a
doubt my lovely wife Tammy. You see I married my
High School Sweetheart Tammy Dilday and we had two
great children. We are Grandparents now, to 4
wonderful kids that we spend lots of time with.
Tammy has operated a home daycare since moving to
Pauls Valley, so we have our Grand Kids every day.
I still have a great passion for deer
hunting. Raised up in the Moss area I never had a
chance, you played baseball, basketball, hunted or
fished. I still claim one of the top ten deer ever
taken in Hughes County, a 188 inch non-typical, 24
point buck. So every fall you can find me sitting
in a tree somewhere waiting for another big deer to
come within bow range.
No matter where I have been and done in my life
time, I have always thought of myself as that
country boy from Moss. I really feel sad for
children in towns and cities not being able to
experience what schools like Moss has to offer.