Gordon Finney, Yamboree President 1961
Gordon Finney was elected to the Yamboree Board of Directors in 1956. In 1961 he was elected to serve as Yamboree President and Miss Patti Aldredge was Yamboree Queen.
Gordon says he was really blessed when Miss Betty Foster, a 1949 Lady in Waiting, agreed to be his wife. They have been married almost 65 years and have served many years as Yamboree Directors.
In 1954, Gordon went into the shoe business with his father in law at Foster’s Shoe Store, located on the square. Later he opened Gordon’s Shoes until 1988, when he went to work as ED of the Gilmer Housing Authority. He retired from the Housing Authority in 2012, but continues to work there part-time.
Tom Davis, Yamboree President 1963
Tom Davis was born on N. Montgomery Street in 1932. His family moved to Spring Hill in 1935 where his dad bought a service station and Tom attended school through the seventh grade before his dad purchased another store in the Pritchett Community. He attended Gladewater High School, but Gilmer was always considered their home town. After college he worked in Houma, LA before returning to Gilmer, joining his uncle, Henry Stropp, in Stropp & Davis Insurance Agency. From June 1, 1969 to June 1, 2009 (50 years to the day) he was associated as Partner and owner of Stropp and Davis and later East Texas Insurance & Realty at the corner of the square.
He served as President of the East Texas Yamboree in 1963.
Kenneth White, Yamboree President 1969
The Yamboree has been a family traedition for Kenneth and Raye White. Kenneth’s late wife Carol Ann Cox was Queen in 1954. His son Kelly served as President in 1993. His daughter Kay was the 1988 Queen. In 1993, Kenneth married Raye Mullican, who was the 1961 Yamboree Princess and her daughter Victorial Mitchell was Queen in 1986. When their granddaughter Karlie White was crowned Queen in 2013, the court gave six other grandchildren and four great-grandchildren the opportunity to share the excitement and pageantry of the coronation.
Since retiring from the Dairy Queen business after 45 years and 17 years in golf retail, Kenneth enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.