His tremendous impacts will be long remembered 


John Bartee 2010 Award
Late UT Extension Director for Montgomery County John Bartee celebrated his induction into the American Gelbvieh Association Hall of Fame in 2010 with his family. From left to right: Christy Bartee, John Bartee, Jr. (daughter-in-law and son), John Bartee, Lois Bartee (wife) and Bill Walker (grandson). Cattle are truly a family business for the Bartees.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Longtime University of Tennessee Extension agent and Montgomery County Director John Bartee died suddenly Sunday, July 7. At the UT Institute of Agriculture, Bartee is mourned and remembered as a highly esteemed professional who had tremendous and outstanding impacts at UT and in the communities he served for close to half a century.
Dr. Tim Cross, dean of UT Extension says, “Mr. John Bartee was one of those rare individuals who truly lived his life to teach and help others. He helped thousands through the educational programs he conducted, the service projects that he led and the community groups that he served. He will be missed by many, but his legacy will serve as an outstanding example of how one person can work to improve the lives of others.”
As witness to his impacts, in 2012 John received the prestigious B. Ray Thompson Award from the UT Institute of Agriculture. The award recognizes exceptional performance by an institute professional. John was honored for his sweeping impact on Tennessee agriculture for 48 years.
John began his career with UT Extension in Humphreys County in 1965. He would later work for the Tennessee Department of Agriculture and with Kentucky Farm Credit Services.
John returned to UT in 1983 to work for UT Extension in Montgomery County. He served as county director since 1996. John helped gather $11 million in funding for Extension to serve the citizens of Tennessee and military families at Fort Campbell.
His work included the development of a new livestock arena and when the Montgomery County Extension Office was damaged by a tornado in 1999, John led the campaign to find a new headquarters. But it’s not dollars that measures someone’s impact but how their work affects lives. John saw years ago that the families at Fort Campbell desperately needed the assistance that could be provided by Extension programs. Under his leadership, UT now assists military servicemen and servicewomen and their families with nutrition, family relations and money management.
John will be remembered as one of the top cattlemen in the state. He was named to the American Gelbvieh Association Hall of Fame in 2010 and served as past president of that organization.
UT says John’s commitment to farmers was admirable. In 2007, when Montgomery County was experiencing its worse drought in half a century, John helped organize an effort to bring hay from Oklahoma to Tennessee. But John didn’t just help farmers. A disabled veteran who was John’s neighbor had his driveway damaged by floodwaters. He needed repair work so the postal service could deliver his medication. After hearing about the situation, John called a few people, and the driveway was restored within a few days.
All told, UT says John’s knowledge, ethics, friendly, helpful manner and ability to communicate made him one of the best professionals ever to serve Extension and the university.