Honoring Former Monroe County Commissioner Jerry Steeleby Former Representative Jo Bonner
Posted on 2013-03-06
in the house of representatives
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Mr. BONNER. Mr. Speaker, it is with sadness that I rise to note the
recent passing of a longtime community leader and public servant,
former Monroe County Commissioner Jerry Steele. Commissioner Steele was
A lifelong resident of Beatrice, Alabama, Commissioner Steele graduated from Beatrice High School in 1946. He only left for a few years to attend Auburn University from which he graduated in 1951. Jerry loved Beatrice so much that he often told his friends, ``If you need me, you can always find me in Beatrice. I never intended to move until I move to the cemetery.'' Jerry's love for Monroe County was demonstrated in his many contributions to the community. A supporter of local education, he founded Monroe Academy in 1970, and served as Board Chairman for eight years.
He was a dedicated member of the business community as well. He organized F. S. Steele Timber Company and later Hines, Steele and Steele, Inc. in 1969. He was Vice-President of Peoples Exchange Bank and a former member of the Alabama Cattleman's Association.
He was first elected to public office in the 1950's when he served on the Beatrice City Council. In 1964, he was elected to the Monroe County Commission, a position he held for 24 years. While a commissioner, he earned a reputation as an honest and dependable leader and a devoted shepherd of the people's business. He also had a well- known sense of humor. According to the Monroe Journal, Jerry possessed a wit that seems particularly appropriate in today's political climate. He once said, ``I'm telling you the sorriest administrator of money is a government office, and that includes us.'' Jerry was a Charter member of the Beatrice Community Church and a member of the Beatrice Baptist Church. He taught Sunday School, served as a Deacon, and held many other offices in each church throughout the years.
An avid sportsman, Jerry loved hunting and fishing with his children and grandchildren, who were the joys of his life.
On behalf of the people of south Alabama, I wish to extend my heartfelt condolences to his wife, Patricia; their two sons, David and Harvel; their seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and their many relatives. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.