Jim Cloar, who was a teacher and FFA adviser for decades here, got a nice surprise Monday night when the Henry County Fair Association’s 2022 Fair Book was dedicated to him.
Nearly 50 people had gathered for a meeting of the Henry County FFA Alumni chapter. Cloar attended as a former adviser and John Perkins, president of the chapter, stopped the regular business of the meeting to announce the dedication. Many family members had joined Cloar at the meeting.
“This is a total, total surprise and a fabulous honor,” Cloar said. “I miss all of these people with all my heart.”
Cloar began teaching agriculture in Henry County in 1975 after he had taught in Florida for a few years. As FFA adviser, he worked with students to learn and compete in everything from tool identification, judging soil and every imaginable kind of livestock to public speaking, parliamentary procedure and business planning.
For many years, he taught and led students overseeing the FFA greenhouse at Henry County High School.
“Like being in the livestock barn (during the fair), when Jim was working with students in the field or on any project or field, he was in his element,” Perkins said.
Cloar has been married to Bonnie Cloar for 53 years. They have two children and four grandchildren.