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By Teresa Bigham
FLOYDADA—On Saturday before the 2020 Floyd County Stock Show kicked-off, Chad Cook, on behalf of the Floyd County Friends Board of Directors, made a tribute speech to honor Jon LaBaume.
Chad addressed the crowd saying on “January 1st, Jon LaBaume went to meet his Savior and he heard the words “Well done my good and faithful servant.”
In 1968 Jon began working with the Floyd County Stock Show. He worked on behalf of the county, as a parent, friend, and community member. Jon loved people and loved to help kids with their show projects.
If you were ever blessed to have visited with Jon he would have told you at some point during your conversation that stock showing is “all about the kids.”
Jon was a founding member of the Floyd County Unity Center as well as the first manager the Unity Center ever had. Jon spent countless hours keeping the building in shape for all those that needed to use it and took much pride in this amazing facility.
Chad challenged the students in attendance to find and live out a dream just like Jon and the other founding Unity Center board members had done. He explained to the students what the show barn was like before the Unity Center was built and how this group of people wanted to build a facility for the future. Most of their kids never had the chance to enjoy this new facility as they had graduated before it was complete.
Chad went on to explain what a very selfless man Jon was. He didn’t need to be recognized for the things he had done but because of his vision, love for kids and the stock show, we are in this amazing building today.
Cook ended his speech with a challenge to the exhibitors to show with their whole heart but, when they leave the stock show to remember this is a lot more than banners and buckles. It is about building something for the future and to leave a legacy that is more about serving others than serving yourself.