2022 Grand Marshall
Raymond Wyant was born April 17, 1941 to the late Henry and Freda Wyant. Raymond grew up in Jackson attending Mound Street Elementary School with his eleven siblings. He graduated from Jackson High School with the class of 1959.
In 1960, he married Linda Jarvis and together they raised three children. The late Dobie Wyant(Lisa), Joey Wyant(Tami) and Rod Wyant(Ronda). They now enjoy six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Raymond has been a lifelong Jackson resident with a long record of volunteer service to the community. In 1983, he organized and built the first weight room at the current Jackson Middle School. Over the years he has volunteered his time and equipment for the improvements on the Jackson High School baseball field where his sons and grandsons have played and currently play. In the 1980’s and 1990’s he planned and prepared for a year with an organization from Alabama called the Carpenters for Christ which built Emmanuel Baptist church in 6 days. He also organized a group of men that volunteered their time and talents in building a large addition onto a one room church in New River Gorge, West Virginia.
Raymond’s spirit of helping others doesn’t stop there. He volunteered his time and equipment to build the Upward Soccer/Football fields at the old Kinnison School lot. Over the years Raymond has organized many work groups to help senior citizens in our community with much needed home repairs allowing then to remain in their homes.
Most recently Raymond has assisted JAFE with the construction of their new building and has prepared and poured concrete in their warehouse where food distributions are conducted for the community.
Raymond is full of life stories and years of helping others. It’s in the spirit of volunteerism that the community honors Raymond Wyant as the 2022 Apple Festival Grand Marshall.