Jun 7, 2024
Buck Shuman, father of Georgia pecan grower, dies

The Vidalia onion industry is remembering Benny DeTroy “Buck” Shuman Jr.,  an early Vidalia onion grower and the father of a Georgia pecan grower. Shuman died on May 31 at the age of 91.

Buck Shuman
Buck Shuman

Buck Shuman is the father of John and Mark Shuman of Shuman Farms in Reidsville, Georgia, which grows Vidalia onions, other onions and vegetables, as well as pecans.

Shuman Farms is one of the largest Vidalia onion marketers and grows its own onions and sells for other growers. The company entered pecans in the late 2010s.

“Mr. Buck” Shuman was considered “a true pioneer” and esteemed Vidalia Onion Hall of Fame member, according to a news release. As the proprietor of Shuman Fertilizer Inc., and later marketing seed genetics to growers throughout the Vidalia region,  “left an indelible imprint on the onion industry.”

Buck is survived by his wife Marjorie, four children, Anna Shuman, Ben Shuman, John Shuman, and Mark Shuman, all of Reidsville, step-children, seven grandchildren and other cousins, nieces and nephews.

Read more about Buck Shuman here.


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