WINTERS - Three Winters High School graduates will be recognized for their achievements in life during WHS Homecoming festivities on Friday, October 20. The 2017 honorees are Bailey Mayo, WHS Class of 1954 from Levelland, Barbara Baldwin Pearce, WHS Class of 1964 from Georgetown and Terry Gerhart, WHS Class of 1979 from The Woodlands.

WINTERS - Three Winters High School graduates will be recognized for their achievements in life during WHS Homecoming festivities on Friday, October 20.  The 2017 honorees are Bailey Mayo, WHS Class of 1954 from Levelland, Barbara Baldwin Pearce, WHS Class of 1964 from Georgetown and Terry Gerhart, WHS Class of 1979 from The Woodlands.

The Winters Independent School District and WHS Alumni Association established the "Winters High School Distinguished Alumnus Award" in 2013 to recognize former graduates who have accomplished extraordinary achievements in their life's work. They must have graduated at least 10 years prior to year in which nominated, should have been a leader in his/her field or made a significant contribution, and/or brought exceptional distinction to the individual or their community.  

 Mayo has career as a soil scientist

Bailey R. Mayo was born and raised in Winters, the son of Dick and Neva Mayo. Mayo participated in many school activities while student at Winters ISD including football, basketball and track, and held class offices and was involved in Future Farmers of America.

After graduating in 1954, he attended Texas Tech University in Lubbock where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree. While at Tech he worked for the Soil Conservation Service and began a career as a soil scientist in Lubbock in 1961.

rom Lubbock, Mayo moved to Levelland as a Soil Conservationist and received his first promotion as a Soil Conservationist. From Levelland he was assigned to Littlefield for eight months and then was selected as the District Conservationist for Garza County, in Post. In 1974 Mayo was selected as the Area Agronomist for 23 counties headquartered in Gainsville, serving the Gainsville, Denton and Corsicana Administrative Areas. After 18 months Mayo was selected to serve as the State Agronomist for the southern one third of the state. In April of 1978 Mayo accepted the Area Conservationist position in Alice. In June of 1983 Mayo was promoted to the Areas Conservationist position in Harlingen serving South Texas and the Rio Grande Valley. In November of 1986 Mayo was promoted to Assistant State Conservationist in Reno, Nevada. He served in that position until retirement in April of 1994 after 33 years of service.

Retirement did not last long, he became a part of the Trans American Soil Blenders and would travel to Puerto Rico where he worked on the Westin Rio Mar Golf Course designed by Greg Norman. He would spend a decade working in Student Services at South Plains College in Levelland.

His wife passed away after an 8 year battle with Alzheimer’s and Mayo now lives in Levelland.   He has two sons both retired. Dewayne retired as a helicopter pilot in Las Vegas, Nevada and is now living outside of Cedar City, Utah with his wife Susie. Byron is retired from Gill Services an Oil Field Supply MFG. Company in Houston, Texas. He and his wife Kathi now live in Belton, Texas.  Mayo has four granddaughters and one great granddaughter. He has won numerous awards and honors over including the Superior Service award from the USDA presented in Washington, D.C., the Friend of 4-H Award and the Jaycees Distinguished Service Award for community service. He has served on many boards and for organizations including as president of the Texas chapter of the American Society of Agronomy and the Texas Chapter of the Soil and Conservation Society of America.

Mayo enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling playing golf and spending leisure time at the Bailey Family Farm established by GW Bailey his grandfather in 1922.