Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia


(Mr. BISHOP of Georgia asked and was given permission to address the
House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)

Mr. BISHOP of Georgia. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the life of
my constituent and friend of longstanding, Hilton Ray Segler. On July
4, 2019, Hilton, a loving husband, father, and grandfather, passed away
at the age of 82 in Albany, Georgia.
He dedicated his professional life to agriculture. He began in 1957
selling ag chemicals, was co-owner of NIPAN, and later sold crop
insurance. He is most remembered for his leadership in the pecan
Hilton developed a special interest in pecans and became a leading
State leader and advocate for the pecan industry. He served as
president of the Georgia Pecan Growers Association for two terms. As
president, and a pecan grower himself, he testified before Congress on
behalf of pecan growers for three of the last four farm bills.
Hilton's hard work and desire to better the industry led to many
accomplishments, including crop insurance, ensuring that conservation
and emergency programs were available to pecan growers; and the Market
Access Program, to aid in building the pecan export market. His passion
and leadership will be sorely missed by the industry.
On a personal note, Hilton was my friend. I will miss his sage advice
and his wise counsel. He never told me what I wanted to hear. He always
told me what I needed to hear. The State of Georgia and our Nation have
been truly blessed to benefit from Hilton's leadership and his
116th Congress