April 21, 2017
McCorquodale's contributions to Alabama farmers are memorialized at the Alfa Farmers headquarters in the Service to Agriculture Hall of Honor.
Alabama Farmers Federation plans to honor the legacy of former Speaker of the House of Representatives Joe C. McCorquodale Jr., following his passing Monday at the age of 96.
Federation President Jimmy Parnell will propose a resolution to the board of directors Monday, April 24, recognizing McCorquodale’s contributions to Alabama agriculture, including sponsoring property classification in 1972 and championing the Lid Bill and Current Use.
“Speaker McCorquodale had a deep appreciation for farmers and rural landowners, having been raised on a small farm in Clarke County,” the resolution states. “He worked to curtail rising property taxes and was a friend of Alabama farmers.”
McCorquodale received the Federation’s Service to Agriculture Award in 1978.
Former Federation Governmental Affairs Director Milton Parsons said Alabama farmers continue to benefit from McCorquodale’s work on property classification.
“In all my years at the Legislature, I can’t think of any other piece of legislation more important to famers,” Parsons said. “Before classification, property was taxed at 60 percent of market value. Other states copied our law because it was based on the ability to pay.”
McCorquodale served the nation in World War II as a B-29 bombardier, flying 22 missions over Japan. He served 24 years in the Alabama House of Representatives, including eight as Speaker.
He was a successful businessman, establishing both the McCorquodale Insurance Agency and Overstreet & McCorquodale forest products company. He and his wife, Betty, were married for 67 years. She died in 2009. They have two sons, Joseph C. “Mac” McCorquodale III and Gaines C. McCorquodale, as well as four grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.