Cecil Buffington ~ L - takes Athens Mayor Upshaw Bentley ( Middle ) and Gold Kist CEO Ralph Mobley on a tour of the Athens processing plant.
Tommy Folger and Mike Nix ( in red ) with Cecil Buffington on the golf course.
Monroe Bennett preparing to throw balls at Cecil Buffington in a dunking machine at a Gold Kist charity outing.
A Gold Kist Ghoul Gang . . . Cecil Buffington is the red devil, Cathy Cape is the clown, Beaulah Land is the convict, Marceline Drake is the Gypsy fortune teller, Marshall Payne is the flasher, Rhonda Boswell is the kitten and Patsy Drake is the vampire.
Michael Nations ( In brown coat ) looks on as a wildcat strike takes place at the Gold Kist plant.
Patsy Drake dressed for St. Patricks Day.
Fred Huskey with his personnel gang.
More Gold Kist basketball
Gold Kist basketball.
More Gold Kist basketball
Some Gold Kist softball news.
Wilson Denney putting for an eagle at the Griffingate Golf Club in Lexington, Kentucky. He did make it!
Wilson Denny in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky.
In the late 70s and into the 80s, automation boomed onto the scene in First Processing and even into the Further Processing area.
Into the late 70s, poultry processing was mostly a manual task with very little automation past the picking room.
The Gold Kist Chicken drops in on Betty Buffington.
Everyone having a great time at a Gold Kist Athens Associate Appreciation Day at Sandy Creek. The Gold Kist chicken was always a big hit with the kids.
Cecil Buffington playing golf at beautiful Callaway Gardens with ( 3rd from left ) Gold Kist CEO Harold Chitwood.
Everyone in the poultry industry knew "Blackie" Moore. It seemed like he sold chickens at Gold Kist Athens forever.
Playing around with the Gold Kist Chicken.
Cecil Buffington presents an award to an all-time Gold Kist legend, Mr. Ben Adams.
Buffington at the Masters.
Karen Lockney, First Shift Fast Food Supervisor, receives a certificant of achievement from Plant Manager Cecil Buffington.
Having a quick lunch on the bus to Florida for the annual Supervisors outing to the Sunshine State.
A lifetime friend, Personnel Manager Fred Huskey, always had my back, We made a good team.
Golf in Mississippi.
I Love wing drumettes. These were Famous Recipe, who bought chicken from our Mt. Sterling Sales Unit.
Playing golf at Callaway at the annual Gold Kist Golf outing. All Gold Kist Division management, corporate management or vendor's by invitations.
Marceline Drake and Fred Huskey. Fred kept me out of trouble with Government regulations and Marceline brought in the people to get the job done.
This little incident cost over 75 second shift associates their jobs. Outside agitators stirred the pot on this little mess.
Grading product and sending it to the packaging department.
Charlie Hoag, Joel Harris and Keith Odom present Mrs. Patsy Chandler with the 1988 Gold Kist Quality Associate of the Year Award.
Cecil Buffington preparing to tee off at Pebble Beach.
First shift Production Supervisor Joyce Bailey.
Patsy Drake always stayed busy in the personnel department. Patsy was the Division Insurance Manager attached to Personnel.
Tully Westmoreland was the First Shift Production Manager for many years at Gold Kist Athens. He knew a processing plant from front to back. A good person, too!
Billy Archer, Herman Boswell and Cecil Buffington.
For 14 years. Gold Kist Athens put together a golf tournament for customers, management and vendors. Donations from vendors covered most of the expense. Usually over 100 players would compete in the tournament with a Pine Crest Lodge dinner at the conclusion of the event. Pictured above is Cecil Buffington, Terri Duncan and Leon Brewer at the 16th hole where a hole-in-one would win the golfer $25,000.00.
I can't say enought about Willie Meadows. Here, I present him with the 1987 Gold Kist Associate of the Year award. He was the most dependable person I worked with in my 42 years in poultry processing.