Local businessman dedicates Wingate University fountain to his wife

Judy Talley receiving dedication plaque from Dr. Jerry E. McGee
Contact: Kim Williams
Communications Writer

Wingate, N.C. – Wingate University held a dedication ceremony today for a new fountain on campus located near the Batte Center and a new residence hall. Stanfield businessman Windell Talley’s generosity to the University honoring his wife, Judy, allowed the fountain to be named on her behalf.

Judy Talley, a 1987 graduate of the University, was an adult art major who went to college after raising her children Nelson, Paul and David. She founded Bluemoon Emporium. The plaque was presented to her by Wingate University President Jerry E. McGee. “Judy is beloved for her nurturing, patience, caring, hard work, determination, loyalty and commitment to family,” is engraved on the plaque.

All three sons work in the family business Talley Farms, which Windell founded in 1963. Windell also attended Wingate from 1958 – 1960, chaired Stanly Memorial Hospital’s Board of Directors, served on N.C. Board of Agriculture and the National Turkey Federation Board, as well as the N.C. Agricultural Foundation Board.

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