The 2013 Centerville High School Distinguished Alumni Award will be presented to Wayne Waggoner of Grapevine, Texas at the October 2013 Homecoming Chapel. The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes an outstanding professional career, service to country and community, and strong family leadership. Waggoner is a graduate of the CHS Class of 1948.
Waggoner grew up in Centerville during the time of World War II and, due to shortage of available workers, worked for his parents, Katheryn and Walter Waggoner – from the age of 11 in 1941 through 1951 at the age of 21 — on their farm and hatchery business as well as the produce store. As a boy, Wayne had a passion to work on the farm and was mesmerized by farm machinery. Wayne spent most of his non-school time working on the farm and the hatchery. In fact, Wayne started his trucking career transporting feed and eggs for his dad while he was in high school.
Through that humble start, with a lot of work, tenacity and imagination, Waggoner built a nationwide trucking business. Leaving the farm in 1951, Wayne got into the trucking business and soon moved to Montana in 1959 where Waggoners Trucking is headquartered today in Billings, Mont.
By 1968 the fleet had grown to 35 trucks that included the transportation of equipment, lumber and grain. In 1974 Waggoners Trucking started a scheduled route division serving the oil and gas energy producing states of the U.S. and Canada including Alaska. Then in 1987 The Waggoners Auto Transport Division began. Over the last 26 years Waggoners Trucking has become the largest family owned, auto transporting company in the U.S. – delivering over a million units a year. Today, Waggoners Trucking has over 800 trucks on the road, over 40 locations and over 1,000 employees
Through the years, the Waggoner’s have been serious contributors to multiple charities and recently, Wayne and Beth made a very generous donation to the Legacies Foundation for long-term care improvements at the St. Joseph’s Mercy Hospital in Centerville where Wayne’s mother spent her final years.
Wayne’s wife, Beth Moore Waggoner, is also from Centerville and the couple now lives in Grapevine, Texas. They have three children – David, Mary and Jay. David and Mary continue their father’s work with the trucking business. Waggoner’s siblings, Dr. Margaret Waggoner, Dr. Paul Waggoner (a past CHS Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient) and Janet (Massman) Zeller are all CHS alumni.