By Ralphine Major
It is a common name in the Halls Community–Mynatt Road, Mynatt Cemetery, Mynatt Funeral Home, and Mynatt’s Furniture. There is another set of Mynatt Brothers with ties to Halls.
They grew up on their family’s farm in Halls and attended all twelve grades in Halls schools, but these Mynatt Brothers have ventured far from the community where they grew up.
Dwight Emerson Mynatt is known as Butch to family and friends.
Butch played four years of football in high school, played baseball, and even made All-KIL (Knoxville Interscholastic League) his senior year.
He graduated from Halls in 1974 and from The University of Tennessee (UT) in 1978 with a degree in Business (Finance and Banking).
Butch started his career locally in banking before taking a job in Oak Ridge at SDC / DMJM. He trained as a Controller in Knoxville for Ryder Truck Rental, moved to Ohio, and then back to Tennessee.
Still working for Ryder, he moved to Georgia and later went to work for PriceWaterhouseCoopers, One Source, and Cultura Technologies, formerly John Deere Agri Services, where he has worked since 2006.
Butch is married to his high school sweetheart and cheerleader, the former Pam Vineyard. Pam is a graduate of Halls and UT and teaches talented and gifted students.
Butch and Pam have been married almost thirty-five years and are parents to Laura, graduate of Kennesaw University, and Grant, a University of Georgia graduate.
Randall Lee Mynatt, known to family and friends as Randy, played sports at Halls, also. He graduated from Halls High in 1980 and from UT in 1991 with a doctorate in Nutrition Sciences. He worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Memphis and at Oak Ridge National Laboratories (ORNL) doing biomedical research before joining the faculty at Pennington Biomedical Research Center (PBRC) part of the Louisiana State University System in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Currently, he is a Professor and the Director of the Transgenic and Gene Targeting Facility PBRC.
Dr. Randall Mynatt’s research in obesity and diabetes has resulted in over 60 publications that he has authored or co-authored. He has been a guest speaker in several countries.
Randy’s son, Tyler, graduated from high school this year and has a full scholarship to LSU this fall, and his daughter, Caroline, is a high school student.
(To be continued next week.)