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Yetta and Mary Samford

Dedication Ceremony

where he graduated from law school, Samford has served with distinction in a variety of areas. A native of Opelika, AL, where he served as chairman of the Opelika Board of Education, Samford’s dedication to his community was celebrated when the city’s sports complex was named after him “to reflect not only his lifelong dedication to his hometown, but also his status as one of Alabama’s most outstanding leaders,” according to his profile in the Character Education Program. He served as a B-17 pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, earned a Bachelor of Science in 1947 from Alabama Polytechnic Institute (Auburn University) and graduated from law school at the University of Alabama in 1949. He was admitted to the Alabama Bar and U.S. District Court Middle District of Alabama in 1949, the U.S. Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit in 1961 and U.S. Court of Appeals Eleventh Circuit in 1981. He maintains an office in

the law firm of Samford & Denson, LLP, in Opelika. He served in the Alabama Senate during 1958-1962, representing Lee and Russell counties. He was a board member or director in numerous areas, including the Business Council of Alabama, Alabama State Chamber of Commerce, Alabama Board of Corrections and Alabama State Docks Advisory Board. He was a director of Torchmark Corp., West Point Pepperell Inc., chairman of the Board of Directors of Farmers National Bank of Opelika, and a member of the Alabama Academy of Honor. Dr. Mike King, executive pastor of First Baptist Church of Opelika where Samford has been a lifelong member and influential leader, said Yetta and Mary are “the model of a godly, Christian couple.” King said Samford has served more than 60 years as a deacon, with more than 30 years as a church trustee. “Any time Yetta was in the room, the professionalism and wisdom was just elevated,” King said. With Samford in attendance “here at church, at deacon’s

meetings or trustee meetings, you just knew you would always get the best.” Reflection When Samford Hall was dedicated April 25, 2005, UMobile President Dr. Mark Foley expressed appreciation to Yetta and Mary for the couple’s many years of dedication and support to the university. Several Mobile-area students told the Samfords how the new residence hall impacted their decision to live on campus. The school’s Voices of Mobile ensemble performed as students stood by with 101 pots of ivy to be planted in the courtyard, representing the 101 beds in the residence hall. As the ceremony progressed, so did construction work on another residence hall a few hundred yards away – Karlene Farmer Faulkner Hall. Since then, another apartment-style complex has been opened for upperclassmen, The Timbers. Samford said he is happy to be part of the school’s success. “It’s done mighty well,” he said. m 21

University of Mobile Magazine Spring 2013  

University of Mobile Magazine Spring 2013 Issue

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