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Union University names fields after longtime local supporters

JACKSON, Tenn.April 15, 2002 – Union University’s Board of Trustees have voted to name the university’s baseball and softball fields in honor of Benny and Norma Fesmire of Jackson. The Fesmire Fields, as they both will be known, are part of the athletic complex to which the long-time Union supporters have contributed more than $400,000 to the construction.

“Norma and I are humbled that the Board would honor us in this way,” said Benny Fesmire. “It is a beautiful facility and we are proud to have our name associated with it.”

In 1954, the Fesmires moved to Jackson and rented an apartment from the parents of Union Athletic Director David Blackstock. A lifelong friendship began as a result with Blackstock, and upon his return to Union in 1973 as baseball coach and athletic director, the Fesmires began their financial support and involvement with the university.

“Part of the blessings of life are great friends and family, and the Fesmire family has been both a friend and family for years,” said Blackstock. “Union is very fortunate to have supporters like the Fesmire family and we truly appreciate all they’ve done and continue to do.”

Recently, the Fesmires set up the Fesmire Family Foundation, which will provide support for various University programs.

“We are grateful to God for the way He has blessed us,” said Fesmire, who was recently named trustee emeritus by Union’s board. “Throughout the years we have seen the impact Union has had on the lives of young people. We believe in the mission of Union and hope this foundation can enhance that mission.”

Media contact: Sara B. Horn, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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