Weatherford Democrat

March 27, 2014

WC announces alumni honorees


Weatherford Democrat

— Vickie Durant, Jamie Bodiford Brinkley, Kenton Harvey and Gary Snow will receive special recognition at the upcoming Weatherford College Alumni Awards Luncheon scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Friday, April 25, in the Doss Student Center.

Durant, a well-known philanthropist and volunteer, will be honored as the Weatherford College Alumnus of the Year.

A graduate of Millsap High School, Durant attended WC in 1965-66 and then moved on to North Texas State University. 

She is a founding member of the Project Opportunity Board of Directors, an organization that has awarded thousands of dollars in scholarship funds to Weatherford High School graduates attending WC.

Durant and Ed Kramer are currently the longest-serving members of the WC Foundation Board of Directors, having both joined in 1999.

Vickie and her husband, Jerry, recently contributed $400,000 to support the construction of WC’s new Don Allen Health Science Building, the largest single monetary gift from a living donor in school history. The $6 million building is scheduled for completion in early May.

Brinkley, Harvey and Snow will also be honored at the luncheon as Distinguished Alumni Award winners.

Harvey attended Azle High School, where he served as State President of the Future Farmers of America in 1956-57. He went on to become the State President of Texas Young Farmers.

He attended WC from 1955 to 1958, serving as President of the WC Student Council and was the starting forward on the Coyote basketball team. He went on to Stephen F. Austin State College, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1960.

For 31 years, Harvey served as the preacher for Aledo Church of Christ, retiring in 2008. During his ministry career, Harvey officiated more than 200 weddings, conducted more than 300 funerals and preached in more than 20 cities across the country.

Brinkley attended WC in 1967 after graduating from Weatherford High School. She moved on to earn her bachelor’s degree at the University of Texas at Arlington.

A Realtor with Century 21 Judge Fite, she was named a Centurion Hall of Fame Member for the production of $6 million a year in real estate sales.

Brinkley has served as a member of the Weatherford ISD Board of Trustees, the Parker County Hospital District Board of Directors and many other positions of leadership. She was a recipient of the 2011 Athena Award for Leadership from the Weatherford Chamber of Commerce.

Jamie and her husband, Michael, recently established an endowed scholarship with the WC Foundation in honor of Michael’s parents, Charles and Polly Brinkley. Jamie also served on the steering committee for “Reminiscing with the Speaker,” a 2001 WC Foundation fundraiser luncheon honoring Speaker Jim Wright which raised more than $20,000 for scholarships.

Snow is also a Weatherford native, graduating from WHS in 1966, WC in 1968 and the University of Texas in 1970.

With fellow WC alumnus Wayne Garrett, Snow established the CPA firm Snow, Garrett & Company in 1978. Now known as Snow Garrett Williams, the company has grown to 30 employees and has more than 2,500 clients.

Snow received the 2011 James H. Doss Award for philanthropy from the Weatherford Chamber of Commerce.

Gary and his wife, Linda, recently made a significant gift to the WC Foundation to support the recent capital campaign. In honor of their contribution, the WC Board of Trustees named a classroom in the Academic Building the Gary and Linda Snow Classroom.

To make reservations for the Alumni Awards Luncheon on April 25, contact Marsha Johnson at mjohnson@wc.edu or 817-598-6272.  Luncheon tickets are $15.