FOUR PRESIDENTS- From left, Dr. Howell Garner, Dr. Billy Thames, Dr. Jane Hulon Sims, and Dr. Ronnie Nettles.

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WESSON – Copiah-Lincoln Community College recently held a dedication ceremony for the new fountain located in front of the college president’s home. The Legacy Fountain was dedicated in honor of all former Co-Lin presidents and their families that have occupied the president’s home on the college’s Wesson Campus.

“When thinking about our rich history at Copiah-Lincoln Community College, you can’t help but think of the incredible presidents that led the way,” Co-Lin’s eighth president Dr. Jane Hulon Sims remarked during the dedication ceremony. “Their legacy of excellent leadership helped shape who Copiah-Lincoln is today.”

Portraits of the seven presidents who came before Dr. Hulon Sims were displayed on easels around the fountain. Present for the ceremony were Dr. Ronnie Nettles (president 2008-2018) and wife Rosie, Dr. Howell Garner (president 1997-2008) and wife Candace, Dr. Billy B. Thames (president 1968-1997) with wife Martha, and daughters Rachel Thames Peeples and Rebecca Thames Wilson and their spouses, and Margaret Ewing Thomas, daughter of late president Dr. James Ewing (president 1932-1956).

From left, Larry Peeples, Rachel Thames Peeples, Dr. Billy Thames, Martha Thames, Rebecca Thames Wilson, and Brent Wilson.

“You’ve heard many people over the years talk about what a special place Co-Lin is, but none more so than the families who have been raised right here on this campus,” said Co-Lin Foundation Executive Director Angela Furr. “The Legacy Fountain is our way of honoring those who have lived in the president’s home in the past in a tangible way at the beautiful new president’s home.”

The Legacy Fountain was funded by the Co-Lin Foundation. A reception was held at the president’s home following the dedication ceremony.

Photos by Scarlett Hart, Co-Lin Public Relations is an online news source serving Simpson and surrounding counties as well as the State of Mississippi.

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Patrice is married to Greg Boykin and they have two sons, Bradley & Alex Boykin. Patrice is a lifetime resident of Simpson County. Patrice retired after 25 years in the Insurance industry where 23 of those years were with State Farm Insurance in Magee. She is very active in the community and has served in several leadership roles. Patrice has been a Secretary for the Magee Touchdown Club for 19 years and President of the MS Scholars of Simpson County. Patrice was a member of the Magee Adopt A School Program. She was elected to a term on the Simpson County School Board. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Magee Chamber of Commerce. She serves on the Keep Magee Beautiful Committee and is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Simpson County Technical Center. Patrice is a member of the Simpson County Republican Executive Committee. Multiple times, Patrice was named Parent of the Year for Magee Schools as well as District Parent of the Year for the Simpson County School District. Patrice & her family are members of New Hope Baptist Church.


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