William Jackson Bevis has lived and worked in Scott, Arkansas, for most of his life. Mr. Bevis attended Peabody and Scott High School, where he graduated in 1941. He received the “Arkansas Star Farmer Award” in 1940 and was elected state treasurer for Future Farmers of America. Mr. Bevis was elected to the Lonoke County Agri Conservation & Stabilization Service Committee in 1950 and served off and on for 25 years. Later, he was selected to serve on the District Soil & Water Conservation Board, where he contributed for 20 years. He was appointed by Governor Bumpers to chair a study to divert water from the Arkansas River to Bayou Meto to the Grand Prairie. Mr. Bevis began serving the Lonoke School Board in 1962, and served for 10 years. He has also served the Federal Land Bank Board, the State Plant Board and the Department of Corrections. Mr. Bevis was appointed to the Arkansas Agriculture Museum in Scott by Governor Bill Clinton where Mr. Bevis has spent countless hours and assisted in financing to ensure the perpetuation of the museums artifacts.