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Volume 10, Number 2 September 2013

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Homecoming 2013 events planned

Former Wolfpack Football Player Uses Reality TV Fame to Influence Youth

Copiah-Lincoln Community College is planBy Angela Furr ning Homecoming events for Friday and SatThe CBS reality show “Big Brother” rose urday, Oct. 11 and 12. Alumni, friends and to its highest ratings numbers of the season on students are welcomed to the campus to reAug. 1, and the network has a Co-Lin alum to connect and enjoy activities. thank for the boost. Friday Activities Howard Overby (’04), of Hattiesburg, com Homecoming events begin with a golf peted on the show from June 26 until the Aug. tournament at noon sponsored by the base1 episode, which marked his farewell. Overby ball team. The fee is $50 per team and inis no stranger to competition. He was a twocludes cart and green fees, lunch, snacks on time All-State defensive back while suiting the course and prizes. For more information, up for the Wolfpack football team and went contact Clay Smith at (601)643-8412. on to play two seasons at Southern Miss. Co-Lin retirees will be honored with a re After receiving a psychology degree ception beginning at 5 p.m. at the president’s and working as a youth counselor for several years in the Pine Belt, home. If you have retired from Co-Lin and Overby found himself unemployed after the grant he was working under ended. He took that have not received an invitation by Oct. 1, please opportunity to attend the show’s open audition in New Orleans “on a whim.” After making contact the alumni office at 601-643-8313 or by it through the first round of auditions, he flew out to Los Angeles, where he was in the top e-mail at 25, before making the final cut, and was then sent straight to the Big Brother house to Saturday Activities begin filming. General registration for Saturday’s Homecoming “Big Brother” takes place in a house filled with cameras and little else. Overby will be in the J. M. Ewing Administration Building says there are over 100 cameras in the house, including some in the walls that apfrom 9:00 until 11 a.m. Guests can also register at the pear to be mirrors, that capture every move of the 16 houseguests. The housegcafeteria from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. uests are completely isolated from the outside world and spend most of their time The Sports Hall of Fame inductions and a business meetscheming, plotting and seeking to make voting alliances. ing of the Athletic Alumni Association are planned for 9:30 Each week, contestants must compete in challenges to decide who will be until 11:00 a.m. in Rea Auditorium. Inductees into the Sports sent home. The first competition is to establish who will be the “Head of the Hall of Fame include Tiania Burns, Tommy Dykes (deceased), Household.” Also known as the HOH, that person then nominates two people Ken Fortenberry, Lance Newman and P.B. Walker. for eviction. Another competition is held for immunity. Immunity can be used The Band and Colette Alumni Chapter will hold its Hall of to remove a person from the eviction chopping block. The final step is the Fame induction ceremony and recognize its Outstanding Young eviction ceremony and the removal of the evicted from the Big Brother house. Alumni recipient at 10:00 a.m. in the Fred and Jewett Taylor This process takes place each week until the show is whittled down to two Chapel. Johnnie Ruth Carlisle will be inducted into the Hall of houseguests. The winner of the show is decided by the “Jury of Seven,” comFame, and Angela Smith will be recognized as the Outstanding prised of the last seven houseguests to be evicted from the house, and receives Young Alum. The chapter will also hold its annual business a cash prize of $500,000. meeting during that time. Although Overby didn’t make it to the end of the show, his family and The Alumni Association will hold its awards luncheon in friends from Mendenhall, Co-Lin and Southern Miss are extremely proud of the Cafeteria in the Henley Building at 11:30. Tickets are $12 him and have been supportive of him during the whole experience. and may be purchased at the registration tables or the door. “I’m just a country boy,” Overby said. “It was such a blessing to be on the Reunion classes, Outstanding Alumni, Sports Hall of show, and I wanted to use that platform to bring God glory.” Fame inductees, Band and Colette Hall of Fame inductee Coach Calvin Green, Wolfpack assistant football coach, remembers Overby as and Outstanding Young Alumni recipient and Outstanding a good player and a good role model when he coached him during his two years Instructors and Staff will be recognized. A business meet(continued on page 7)

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Smith to coach Co-Lin baseball program Copiah-Lincoln Community College Athletics has turned to one of its own to take over the Wolfpack baseball program. CoLin graduate and former Wolfpack player, Clay Smith (‘94), takes over the head coach position, replacing Keith Case, who retired at the end of last season after 21 years at the helm to take a position at Wharton County Junior College in southeastern Texas. “We are very excited to bring Clay Smith back to Co-Lin as our head baseball coach,” said Co-Lin President Dr. Ronnie Nettles. “He is highly regarded as a recruiter and will provide outstanding leadership to a CoLin program that has a history of being successful. All of our coaches understand they have a tremendous responsibility to carry on a tradition of athletic success at Co-Lin.” “I am very happy to be named the head baseball coach at CoLin,” Smith said. “I appreciate Dr. Nettles giving me this opportunity and I would especially like to thank Coach Keith Case, for the hard work and dedication that he has put into the baseball program. I look forward to

building on the foundation that he has set.” “Co-Lin is home,” Smith said. “It is part of who I am and a place that is always close to my heart. I want Co-Lin to be successful in all asSmith pects of our institution.” Smith previously spent 10 seasons as associate head coach and recruiting coordinator under legendary head coach Hill Denson at Belhaven University. Prior to his coaching stint at Belhaven, Smith was an assistant baseball coach at the University of Southern Mississippi (20002002). Smith received his B.S. in biological science and his M.S. in sports administration from the University of Southern Mississippi. He and his wife, the former Carrie Sellers, are the parents of two children, Carley Clayton “CC”, 4, and Grady, 3. Smith is the son of Bradley (’69) and Nena Smith of Wesson.

Co-Lin athletic director and women’s head basketball coach Gwyn Young (far left) was recently inducted into the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. Joining Young in the Class of 2013 were two-time All-American Kim Ortega from Seward County Community College (Kan.), former Roxbury Community College’s (Mass.) head coach Alfreda Harris, and current Miami Dade College (Fla.) head coach Susan Summons. 2 ::: Investing, Improving, Impacting

Coaches Reunion Former players of coaches A.J. “Red” Mangum and Wallace Hargon met at their annual reunion at Western Sizzlin in Brookhaven in June. Those in attendance were first row, from left: Patricia Henning, Mary Evelyn Trevilion, Burnice Trevilion, Kenneth Britt, Les Henning, A.J. “Red” Mangum, Alton Ricks, Cecil Brent, Joyce Brent, Ralph Sanders. Second row, from left: Minnie Wooten, Jimmy Wooten, Earl Coleman, Leon Canoy, Ronnie St. Amant, Liz Ratcliff, Wallace Hargon, Alton Greenlee, Marie Farmer and Gene Farmer. Third Row, from left: George Grenn, Troy Greer, Opie Grenn, Buddy Spring, Mickey Corban, Carl Grenn, Tom Layton, Marshall Magee, Leon Boone, Cleston Savoie, Billy Price and Sonny Hill. Back row, from left: Arnold Grenn, Pat McCullough, Jerry Gundlach, Curtis McMilian and P.B. Walker. Coach Mangum passed away Aug. 28.

Wolfpack Football announces staff additions Copiah-Lincoln Community College head football coach Glenn Davis has announced the addition of two new staff members for the 2013 season. Maurice Johnson (‘96) has been hired for the defensive staff, along with Otis Yelverton. Yelverton will serve as the Wolfpack’s defensive coordinator, while Johnson will be in charge of the linebackers. They will replace the spots left by departed coaches Clarence McDougal and Larry Williams. Johnson is a former Wolfpack linebacker Johnson who earned NJCAA All-American honors in 1995. After his playing days in Wesson, Johnson attended Florida A&M University and competed for a NCAA I-AA national championship during his time in Tallahassee. “When you can bring someone into your program to coach who already understands the traditions and rivalries of your college, that is a major plus,” said Davis. “Maurice was successful during his time here and knows what it takes to win in our league. We hope that knowledge is something that he can install into our group here.” Prior to joining the Wolfpack, Johnson served as the defensive coordinator for both NCAA Division II Benedict College in 2012 and North Carolina A&T for the 2009 and 2010 seasons. Johnson has also made coaching stops at Florida A&M University, Miles College, Edwards WaYelverton ters College, and East Mississippi Community College. He is a 1999 graduate of Florida A&M and holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. Yelverton comes to Wesson after serving as the defensive coordinator at Contra Costa College, located in San Pablo, Calif. Prior to that, Yelverton served as the athletic director and head football coach for Oak Ridge Military Academy in North Carolina.

Community Arts Series

September 24 Rose Sebba, Pianist Rea Auditorium 7:00 p.m. October 10 The Colonels Rock n’ Roll Band Courtyard 6:30 p.m. October 29 Doris Jones, Storyteller Fine Arts Auditorium 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 12:00 p.m. February 11 James Martin, Baritone Fine Arts Auditorium 7:00 p.m. March 4 JSU Jazz Ensemble Rea Auditorium 7:00 p.m. April 3-May 9 Smithsonian Exhibit Mutton Building 8:00-4:00 daily

Mark Your Calendar ! • Tuesday, Oct. 8- 7:00 p.m.- Annual Trillium Beauty Pageant- Rea Auditorium, Wesson Campus • Thursday, Oct. 10- Community Arts Series Free outdoor concert- featuring the Colonels, opened by the Sojourners

Doris Jones

Tickets are $10.00 each performance or $25.00 for season pass

• Friday and Saturday, October 11 and 12, 2013- Homecoming (see page 6 for details and a schedule of events.) • February 20-23 – Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration • Saturday, March 22- 6:00 p.m. – Major Donor Appreciation Dinner, Thames Center, Wesson Campus • Monday, April 14- 5:30 p.m.- Natchez Campus Awards Night • Wednesday, April 16- 10:30 a.m.- Wesson Campus Awards Day, Rea Auditorium

Jackson State University Jazz Ensemble

w o h S t r A i n m Alu Retirement Honoring the of Tom Ross : Dates of Show 013 2 , 5 1 Oct. 12 - Nov.

Reception: . 12, 2013 Saturday, Oct at 10:00 a.m. g! events followin Homecoming

• Wednesday, April 161:30 p.m.- Foundation Annual Scholarship Reception, Thames Center, Wesson Campus • Thursday, April 1710:30 a.m.- Simpson County Center Awards Day, Multipurpose Room, Parker Administration Building • Thursday, April 2414th Annual Natchez Foundation Golf Classic, Beau Pre Golf Club • Thursday, June 19- 21st Annual Wesson Foundation Golf Classic, Wolf Hollow Golf Club

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Foundation News Lamar and Pauline Stokes scholarship endowed Pauline and Lamar Stokes of Summit recently endowed a scholarship in their names with the Co-Lin Foundation to be awarded in the fall of 2014 to a student who demonstrates financial need. The Stokeses met at Co-Lin in 1946. Lamar Stokes came to Co-Lin in 1943 because he wanted to learn how to farm. Stokes said his father dropped him off with no money and he was given a job in the dairy barn on campus, where he worked for tuition, room and board. He left after a few months to serve in the military and returned to Co-Lin in 1946 and studied for a year before transferring to Mississippi State University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering. He also completed additional study at Southwest Mississippi Community College. Stokes farmed and operated a farm supply store before going to work for Magnolia Electric Power Association, where he served as operations director until his retirement in 1989. He served on the board of Pike County Farm Bureau and the Farm Bureau state board for 43 years, and served on the Pike County Fair Board for 30 years. He was awarded the Golden Deeds Award by the McComb Exchange Club in 2006 and was selected as McComb Junior Auxiliary Azalea Ball King in 2009. Pauline Stokes, originally of Pinola, is a 1947 graduate of Co-Lin and attended the University of Southern Mississippi. She played

Pauline and Lamar Stokes of Summit (center) present a check to Dr. Ronnie Nettles (left), president of Copiah-Lincoln Community College, and David Campbell, executive director of the Co-Lin Foundation, to endow a scholarship in their names with the Co-Lin Foundation. basketball at Co-Lin and was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame in 1997. She taught school for two years before she became a homemaker. She worked at Kellwood manufacturing plant in the mid-1960s and later worked for the Pike County welfare office. She continues to serve as a Pink Lady volunteer at Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center.

Burris joins Foundation Board Sammye Burris of McCall Creek has joined the CopiahLincoln Community College Foundation Board. Burris is executive vice president and loan officer at Peoples Bank of the South in Bude. She is a graduate of Franklin County High School and attended CoLin. She is also a graduate of Ole Miss School of Banking. She is a member of the Mississippi Young Bankers Association and Bude Baptist Church, and is involved in Burris Franklin County youth soccer and Dixie Youth baseball. She and her husband Trent are the parents of four children, Taylor, Trey, Austin and Gavin. 4 ::: Investing, Improving, Impacting

The Stokeses have two daughters, Phyllis Waller of Summit and Dixie Fouche’ of Fairhope, Ala., and four grandsons. In retirement, they have enjoyed traveling and camping. Both are members of Pisgah United Methodist Church and have served in many positions for over 60 years.

Tournaments raise money for college The Co-Lin Foundation’s annual Golf Classics in Natchez and Wesson each held record-breaking years in raising funds for scholarships and program support at the college, pulling in over $14,000 and $16,000 respectively. The Co-Lin Foundation provides over $200,000 in scholarships to over 200 Co-Lin students and faculty.

Natchez campus vice president Teresa Busby and Foundation board member Bill Salters present corporate team winners, The Solutions Team, with the president’s cup in the 13th annual Co-Lin Foundation Golf Classic. Pictured from left: Chad Hartzog, Todd Gooden, Salters, Busby, Monte Hilton and Kevin Jones. The Solutions Team won both the Natchez and Wesson tournaments.

Co-Lin Foundation purchases new microscopes

The Co-Lin Foundation has purchased new microscopes for the college’s Medical Laboratory Technology program. Gifts from alumni and friends allow the Foundation to meet needs of the college such as the microscopes. The new microscopes will enable students to study using the latest equipment. Pictured are Foundation board members Bradley Smith and Kenny Goza with MLT students and instructors Mary Shivers and Cynthia Higgs.

Decide to give back …

You were given an opportunity to get a good education that has led to your success. Sure, you paid tuition, room and board, fees, and bought books. It seemed like a lot then. But behind all of that, others were giving to make your education possible. Scholarships and support for classroom equipment and programs are funded by private donations. Isn’t it time for you to decide to give back? Your gift can make a difference for others.

Don’t wait. Act now. Yes! I want to support Co-Lin.


“Please join with me in giving back.”

Tammy Underwood Torrey (’80) Co-Lin Foundation Board President

Name_______________________________________________________________________________________________________ Address_____________________________________________________________________________________________________ City State Zip Phone ______________________________E-Mail__________________________________________________________________ Enclosed is my gift of $_______________ payable to Co-Lin Foundation If you work for a matching gift company, which one_______________________________________________________________ Please use my gift for: ____ Where it is most needed. ____ Add my gift to ___________________________________Scholarship Fund ____ Use my gift for ________________________________________ (designate a program or need) The Co-Lin Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization. Gifts to the Foundation are tax deductible to the extent of IRS regulations. Co-Lin Foundation, P.O. Box 649, Wesson, MS 39191. 5 ::: Investing, Improving, Impacting


Homecoming Schedule October 10-12, 2013

Thursday, October 10, 2013 6:00 p.m. Community Arts Series outdoor concert featuring the Colonels, with opening set by the Sojourners Friday, October 11, 2013 12:00 p.m. Homecoming Golf Tournament- Wolf Hollow Golf Course 5:00 p.m. Reception for Co-Lin retirees- President’s Home Saturday, October 12, 2013 7:30 a.m. Big Wolf 5K Walk/Run 8:00 a.m. Mutton Art Gallery opens- alumni exhibit honoring Tom Ross 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. General Registration, J. M. Ewing Administration Bldg. 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. Sports Hall of Fame induction & annual business meeting of the Co-Lin Athletic Alumni Association – Rea Auditorium, Ewing Administration Building 10:00 a.m. Reception for former students of Tom Ross- Mutton building 10:00 a.m. 854th Medical Collecting Company Reunion - Henley Private Dining Room 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Band/Colette Alumni Chapter Hall of Fame & Outstanding Young Alumni induction & annual business meeting – Fred & Jewett Taylor Chapel 11:30 a.m.

Co-Lin Alumni Association Awards Luncheon and annual business meeting of the Co-Lin Alumni Association – Cafeteria, Henley Building

12:00-2:00 p.m.

Tailgate Party: Food, Music by the Sojourners, children’s games and activities, pep rally featuring the Blue Wave Show Band and cheerleaders- Center Campus

1:00 -2:30 p.m.

Reunions: High School class of 1963 reunion- Oswalt Library Classes that end in “3,” Cheerleader Alumni Chapter, First Black Football Players- under the tents

2:30 p.m.

Pre-Game Ceremonies – Stone Stadium

3:00 p.m.

Football Game – Co-Lin vs. Pearl River– Stone Stadium

6:00 p.m.

Class of 1963 Reunion at the Thames Center (location tentative)

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For more information, contact the Alumni Office at (601) 643-8313 or email

Former Wolfpack Football Player

at Co-Lin. “Howard was a real quiet guy,” Green said. “He always volunteered to help with kid’s football camps, and participated when we took the players to read to the elementary schools.” Overby hopes to use his notoriety to continue to influence young people. He has already been invited to speak to groups and churches in the United States and in Canada, and he is looking forward to other opportunities in the entertainment industry that may come about as a result of the show. “The higher I go, the more people I can touch,” Overby said. “As an African-American Christian man from the South, I’d like to encourage others like me and hopefully open the door for more opportunities for people like me.” Overby will return to L.A. for the show’s finale Sept. 17-19. The finale will air on CBS at 7 p.m. central on Sept. 19. To keep up with Overby on Twitter, follow him @howardoverby.

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Former Wolfpack football player Howard Overby (’04) competed on the CBS reality show, “Big Brother” this past summer. He will appear on the show’s finale on Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. central.

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ing is planned at the end of the luncheon. Tailgate Party A tailgate party will be held from 12:00-2:00 in the center of campus. There will be food, music, and activities for children. The Sojourners will perform at 1:00. A pep rally featuring the Blue Wave Show Band, the Colettes, Flag Corps, and cheerleaders will be held at 1:30. Any class or group interested in setting up a tent should contact the alumni office at (601) 643-8498. Reunions The 854th Medical Collecting Company will meet in the private dining room of the Henley Cafeteria at 10:00 a.m. Several reunions are planned from 1-2:30. The High School class of 1963 will meet in Oswalt Library at 1:00. The cheerleader alumni chapter, the first black football players alumni chapter, and the class of 1993 will all meet under the tents at the tailgate party. All classes that end in “3” are encouraged to meet under the

tents. If you would like to reserve another location for your class or group, contact the alumni office. The college class of 1963 will meet following the football game at 6 p.m. at the Thames Center. Art Exhibit An alumni art show will be showcased in the gallery in the Mutton building from Oct. 12- Nov. 15. The gallery will be open from 8-2 on Saturday during Homecoming. A reception honoring Tom Ross upon his retirement will be held at 10 a.m. in the Mutton building. Light snacks will be served, and everyone is encouraged to meet at the luncheon following the reception. Ballgame Activities Pre-game activities begin in Stone Stadium at 2:30 followed by a 3 p.m. game between Co-Lin and Pearl River Community College.

I want to be a part of Co-Lin Alumni! Name ____________________________________________________________________________________Grad Year __________ Address______________________________________________________________________________________________________ City___________________________________________State____________________________________Zip___________________ Phone ___________________________________ E-Mail____________________________________ Birthday__________________ Spouse __________________________________________________________ Grad Year __________Birthday _________________ ____Individual membership $25

____ Joint Membership $40

____Lifetime membership $250

Amount Enclosed $______________Payable to Co-Lin Alumni Association (see alumni web site to pay by credit card) Please mail to Co-Lin Alumni Association, P. O. Box 649, Wesson, MS 39191 7 ::: Investing, Improving, Impacting


here are they now?

Becky Thompson Perrett (’74), Rhonda Sanders (’90) and Leon Williams (’98) each made a lasting impression during their time at Co-Lin. Here’s what they are up to today:


ecky Perrett, originally of Crystal Springs, was a campus sweetheart during her time at Co-Lin, and it is easy to see why. A natural beauty, Perrett, known affectionately by her friends as “Bec-Tom,” was head cheerleader, and was selected as a homecoming maid, Circle K Sweetheart, a beauty in the Trillium beauty pageant, and Miss Co-Lin. She was Perrett then also selected as a member of Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges. After Co-Lin, Perrett received a bachelor’s degree from Mississippi Perrett today College and spent 35 years working for the Internal Revenue Service in various departments of the organization, starting out as a tax auditor, then a reviewer, taxpayer advocate, management, and ended her career as an appeals officer. Today Perrett is retired and lives in Hazlehurst with her husband of 36 years, Fred. They have two sons, Payton and Tyler (who also attended Co-Lin), and four grandchildren: twins Preston and Pace, three; and Swayze and Ava Parker, both four months. The Perretts are long-time members of the First Presbyterian Church of Jackson, serving as Sunday School teachers and chaperones on youth trips. She has also served as a member of the Junior League of Jackson. In her spare time, she enjoys babysitting for her grandchildren, visiting with friends and family, working in the yard, distressing furniture, and fishing. Perrett says she has wonderful memories of her time at Co-Lin. “I developed lifetime friendships there,” Perrett said. “My cheerleader sponsor, Miss Meyer, was a big influence in my life, encouraging me to enter the work co-op program with Internal Revenue Service after 8 ::: Investing, Improving, Impacting

graduating from Co-Lin. This helped me to complete my college years and have a job when I graduated from Mississippi College.”


honda Sanders, originally of Fayette, was selected as a member of Co-Lin’s prestigious Hall of Fame. She was president of the Trailblazers, vice president of Alpha Omega Science Club, and president of Copiah Hall. She was a member of the President’s Council and was selected to the Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges. After Co-Lin, Sanders received a bachelor’s degree in nursing at University Medical Center and a bachelor’s degree in physician assistant from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, La. Today, Sanders lives in Philadelphia, Penn., where she works as a dermatology physician assistant. She is married to Tom Corcoran, and attends Valley Forge Sanders then Baptist Church and is involved in Women of the Moose. In her spare time, she enjoys watching movies, reading and cooking. Sanders credSanders today its Co-Lin and Dr. Phyllis Lanier for giving her a great start in her medical career. “I will never forget the first day of General Chemistry and out of a full amphitheater classroom, Dr. Lanier looked up at me and said ‘Lord, she’s saying she’ll never make it!,’” Sanders recalls. “I did make it, thanks to Dr. Lanier. She was an incredibly intelligent, caring person who always was there to help her students.”


Williams, originally of Natchez, was very active on campus, serving as a member of the Wolfpack football team, Trailblazers, Afro American Plus Club, Pres-

ident’s Council and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. He was also selected as Mr. Co Lin. After Co-Lin, Williams received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Louisiana Tech University. Today, he lives in Mansfield, Tex., where he works as a senior process quality engineer for Composite Technology, Inc., a subsidiary of Sikorky Aircraft specializing in special processes and customer quality for the repair of military and commercial helicopter blades. He is married to Dionne G. Williams and has Williams then two children, a daughter, Leila, two; and a son, Nicholaus, 12. Williams is an active member of St Andrews United Methodist Church in Williams today Arlington, Tex. He is also a founding member of a network marketing company called the Royal Network, which is committed to increasing financial literacy. He serves as a trading coach and speaker for the company. Williams says there were many teachers and staff members at Co-Lin who influenced his life. “The most influential teacher during my time on campus was Dr. Phyllis Lanier,” Williams said. “The football coaches, including current coaches Glenn Davis and Calvin Green, and the counseling center staff including Pat Young and Beverly Barnes really made an impact on me.”

To submit alumni for “Where are they now?” contact Angela Furr at (601) 643-8498 or email

Alumni News Former Co-Lin administrator/coach dies David Smith (‘80) passed away Aug. 2 after a long battle with cancer. Smith, 53, was assistant dean of students/director of housing and coached softball at Co-Lin for over 20 years and retired as an administrator in the Copiah County School District. He was a lifelong member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church where he served as a deacon. He was also a member of Wesson’s Lions Club and a leader of Wesson’s Boy Scout Troop 125. He was selected as MACJC Women’s Softball Coach of the Year at Co-Lin. “He did a great job of coaching,” said CoLin Athletic Director Gwyn Young. “He dealt with students really well - made a difference to a lot of them.” Young said Smith tried to help anybody he could. “I couldn’t say enough good things about him,” said Young. “He’s going to be missed by a lot of people.” Smith leaves behind his wife, Ramona Higdon Smith (’79), son, Justin David Smith (’05), daughter, Lauren Smith Langham (07), and two grandchildren, Joleigh Elizabeth and Levi David Langham.

Send your alumni news and photos to Angela Furr, P.O. Box 649 Wesson, MS 39191 or email Please provide class year(s) and a phone number for verification.

The Class of 1958 recently celebrated their 55th anniversary with a reunion at Porches restaurant. Those attending were first row (l-r): Tommy Rankin, Margaret Petrere, Ann Cagle and Peggy Nations; second row: Janice Mullins, Jane Layton, Jim Cagle and James Nations; third row: Laverne Hutchinson, Joan Beasley, Sherrod Scott, Mildred Greer, Cleston Savoie and Betty Jo Carraway; back row: Taylor Moulder, Don Regan, Glenn Beasley, Troy Greer and James Carraway.

Members of the High School Class of ‘64 gathered for their third annual reunion at Dixie Springs Cafe August 11. Class members present were: Front row-Norma Lewis Hammill, Dorothy Strong Shealy, Connie Barton Evans, Sondra Beeler Jordan, Charlotte Algood Coon, Barbara Jordan Smith. Second row- Miller Hammill, Linda Lester Cook, Howard Moak, Landal Moak, Travis Jordan.Third row- Johnny Cook, Barto Laird, Rudy McGehee, Gabriel TerrellL, Roy Rushing. Other class members interested in attending next year’s event may call 601-853-7083.

Alum authors Book Cindy Delaughter (attended), of Orem, Utah, has authored a book, The Shotgun House. The fictional story contains characters from Brookhaven, and Co-Lin, Wesson High School and local events are mentioned. It is available on, and is downloadable via most e-readers. Delaughter attended Co-Lin before studying at Mississippi College and Southern Miss. More information on The Shotgun House and her other work can be found online at 9 ::: Investing, Improving, Impacting

Tracking the Classes Congratulations -

Jodi Ferguson (’08) married Second Lieutenant Williams Neely, III on August 31, 2013.

Bennie Kimble (’55) was inducted into the MACJC Sports Hall of Fame on April 23, 2013. He is also in the Copiah-Lincoln Community College Sports Hall of Fame and a past-president of the CoLin Athletic Alumni Association. Shaw Furlow (’71) released his first album, “Tonight Only” on July 26, 2013. Shaw is Co-Lin’s director of bands. Brandon Belanger (’98) was selected for Tulane’s Athletic Hall of Fame. He was inducted into Co-Lin’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2010.

Adrienne Brown (’09) married Zachary Sanders on June 8, 2013. Richard Wilson (’09) married Kayla Owens (’11) on June 8, 2013. Allison Hefner (’09) married Wilson Barlow on June 15, 2013. Trent Hartzog (’09) married Eleanor Valentine on June 21, 2013.


Clint Seales (’00) earned a degree in cardiovascular perfusion technology from Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Wayne McKenzie (’02) has joined Bank of Brookhaven as Assistant Vice President.

Hannah Britt (’10) married Grant Rushing on April 13, 2013. Brittany Alford (’10) married Jared Smith (attended) on May 11, 2013. Heidi Moak (’10) married Jonathan Smith on May 18, 2013.


Ashley McGehee (’10) married James Lynch on June 1, 2013.

Jessie Bowman (’07) has joined the staff at Southwest Mississippi Community College as an assistant coach for the defensive line.

Kelsey Smith (’11) married J. Grant Britt (’12) on June 15, 2013.

Suzanne Chance (’08) received her white coat from the University of Mississippi School of Dentistry.

Melissa Jackson (’12) married Cody Henderson (attended) on May 11, 2013.

Amber Beeson (’12) married Jeremy James (’12) on May 4, 2013.


Caleb Dugas (’13) has signed to play with the Rochester Honker’s Baseball team. In his debut game he went 2 for 3 against Willmar.

Tressa Hedgepeth (’13) married Colby Wallace on May 25, 2013.

Jamie Sisco (attended) is the new athletic director at Hancock High School. He has been the girls’ basketball coach at Ocean Springs High School and was named Sun Herald South Mississippi Girls’ Basketball Coach of the Year in 2012. Sisco is the son of Marilyn Britt Brown (’75).

Hope Padgett (attending) married Eli Gatlin on July 20, 2013.

Wedding Bells Darrell Perry (’90) married Samantha Allen (’11) on May 17, 2013. Kevin Dunaway (’92) married Annah Andrews on April 13, 2013. Jason Jager (’07) married Natalie Boyd (’08) on May 11, 2013. Dane Orders (’07) married Emma Credille on June 22, 2013.

Shae Smith (attending) married Kellie Case (attended) on March 30, 2013. Sandra Smith (attending) married Eric Stewart on May 25, 2013. Benjamin Giust (attended) married Mary Thompson on April 27, 2013. Zachary Watson (attended) married Kelsey Byrd on April 27, 2013.


Danny Case (attended) married Kelsey Pierce (attended) on May 11, 2013.

Bradley Carter (’08) married Lindsay Dunn on June 8, 2013.

Christopher White (attended) married Leslie Crane on June 29, 2013.

Jeremy Duke (’08,’11) married Chelacy Williams on June 8, 2013.

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Hannah Russell (attending) married Curtis Phillips on July 13, 2013.

Phillip Freeman (attended) married Heather Buttery on May 4, 2013.

Brian Phillips (’08) married Ashlee Richardson (’09) on June 1, 2013.

Kori Thompson (’08) married Johnathan “Sawyer” Smith (attended) on July 20, 2013.

Nikki Little (attending) married Ryan Byrd on March 9, 2013.

New Arrivals Smiths

Ryan (attended) and Mandy (’97) Case are proud parents of Lucy Ray, born July 5, 2013.


Tracking the Classes Proud grandparents are Charles (’70) and Wanda (’71) Hart. Charles teaches accounting and manages the bookstore on the Wesson campus and Wanda is a retired business and office technology instructor. Justin (‘01) and Anabel (‘00) Spencer are proud parents of twin girls, Anna Claudean and Avery Leigh born on Aug. 8, 2013. Proud grandparents are Phillip (‘71) and Judy (‘72) Case. Judy served as the director of financial aid at Co-Lin for many years.

A.J. “Red” Mangum (’42) passed away Aug. 28, 2013. Coach Mangum played football for the Wolfpack and at Southern Miss, and was head football coach at Co-Lin from 1954-1960. He is a member of Co-Lin’s Sports Hall of Fame and the Mississippi Community College Sports Hall of Fame. Memorials may be made to the Co-Lin Foundation and designated to the “A. J., Charlene, and Susan Mangum Scholarship.”

Collins (‘01) and Micah (‘03) Allen are proud parents of Judd Michael, born Aug. 20, 2013.

Roy L. Mohon (’49) passed away on June 25, 2012.

Dusty (’01) and Anna Jayne Price are proud parents of Emma Catherine, born on June 24, 2013. Proud grandparents are Phillip (’74) and Mary Price. Mary is the director of Early Childhood Education Technology program on the Wesson Campus.

Joyce Thompson (‘49) passed away on August 2.

Will (‘02) and Holli (‘02) Pepper are proud parents of Bessi “Bess” Grace Pepper, born on Aug. 23. Holli is the Wolfpack women’s tennis coach. Misti (’02) and Corey Ready are proud parents of Charles Wade “Charlie”, born on May 14, 2013.

Cayce (’03) and Blythe Wallace are proud parents of Nora Marie, born July 5, 2013. Tripp (‘03) and Jenna (‘01) Wall are proud parents of Fisher Lee, born July 3, 2013. Wall

Ruth Slay (’38) passed away on July 12, 2013.

Mark Boyles (‘83) passed away Aug. 12 in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Mindy Darby Harris (’92, ’00) passed away on July 6, 2013. Tommy Crockett (‘06) passed away on Aug. 4, 2013. He was a former cheerleader for the Wolfpack.


Rev. Hobson F. Smith (attended) passed away on March 24, 2013. Michael Brown (attended) passed away on May 25, 2013. Goldman

Jeremy Owen (attended) passed away on June 23, 2013. John Withers (attended) passed away on June 24, 2013. Faye Lambert King (attended) passed away on July 13, 2013. Shirley Ricketts passed away on April 2, 2013. Shirley is the wife of former football coach Bob Ricketts.


Boone (attended) and Loren Daughdrill are proud parents of Charlotte Monroe, born Aug. 14. Boone is the drummer for The Band Perry.

In Memoriam-

David Smith (’80) passed away Aug. 3, 3013. He was assistant dean of students/director of housing and softball coach at Co-Lin for over 20 years.

Tom Benton (attended) passed away on March 17, 2013.

Tyler (‘06) and Emily (‘06) Thompson are proud parents of Maddie Claire, born on Aug. 24.

Joseph (’07) and Jennifer (’07) Langham are proud parents of Levi David, born on April 17, 2013. Proud grandparents are the late David (’80) Smith and Ramona (’79) Smith and Dan and Gay Langham. David served as assistant dean of students/director of housing and coached softball at Co-Lin for many years, and Gay currently serves as student records manager on the Wesson campus.

Michael Murray (’66) passed away on June 2, 2013. He was a retired Industrial Maintenance Instructor on the Wesson campus.

Rayford Ballard (’69) passed away on July 2, 2013.

Erin (’03) and Christopher (’07) Hester are proud parents of Embry Hart, born on May 9, 2013. Paula and Johnny Hart are the proud grandparents. Paula is the Secretary to the Dean of Career, Technical, and Workforce Education.

Jon (’07) and Jennifer Goldman are proud parents of Lily Joyce, born on May 29, 2013.

Gwen Hinson Cavin (’65) passed away on July 14, 2013. She is the mother of Lea Ann Knight (’86), Co-Lin’s director of counseling and recruitment on the Wesson campus.

Helen Sills (’68) passed away on March 11, 2013.


Randi (’04) and Toby Criswell are proud parents of Jon Ross, born on July 9, 2013.


Doris Kelly passed away in June. She is the wife of the late Tom Kelly (’43). They are also members of the Foundation Hall of Fame for supporting the Tom and Doris Kelly Scholarship. Margaret Watkins (attended) passed away on July 31. She was the wife of the late Troy Watkins, former member of Co-Lin’s Board of Trustees. The Redd-Watkins Career and Technical Center on the Natchez Campus is named for Watkins. 11 ::: Investing, Improving, Impacting

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