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Chandler Pittman, 2021 high honors graduate, of Magee High School, was awarded The Virgia B. Palmer Scholarship. This scholarship was established by generous donations from church members, friends and family of Mrs. Palmer. The funds are held in trust and the granting of those funds as scholarships conforms to the intent of the donors. The Virgia B. Palmer Scholarship fund is administered by the St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Simpson County, MS, in conjunction with the surviving family of Mrs. Palmer. The scholarship committee released the $1,000 to at least one worthy student pursing his/her college education the upcoming school year. The Virgia B. Palmer Scholarship fund has awarded $23,600 in scholarship money. Chandler is majoring in Sports Management at The University of Southern Mississippi. He is also a member of The Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles football team.

 

About Virgia B. Palmer:

 

Virgia Cotton Bridges Palmer, a long time Simpson County educator was born on October 15, 1919 in Philadelphia, Mississippi, the second child of the late Rev. Emmit Hezekiah and Lela Jackson Cotton.  Being the second born of educator and founder [Rev. Hezekiah Cotton] of the Hopewell School in Neshoba County, Mississippi (a Julius Rosenwald Foundation funded school), “Virgia B”, as she was called by her relatives and close friends, inherited a strong sense of the value of education.

She received her primary and secondary education in Neshoba, Kemper and Attalla Counties, Mississippi.  She received a Bachelors, Masters and post graduate work from Jackson State University.  She was successful in completing her degrees never having the experience of staying on campus as a full time student because of her responsibilities to raise and provide for her family.

Virgia used her education and charismatic wisdom to help others.  She began her career in Preston, Mississippi and was a teacher and administrator in Simpson County for over 41 years.  There are few students who attended Harper High School who did not have her as a teacher.  After teaching four generations of Simpson County students, she retired in 1983.  Following retirement, she opened her heart and home to foster children including Bernice Johnson and Valerie Davis.

In 1942, while in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, she met Vasco L. Bridges.  The two were married three months later on May 7, 1942.   Four children were born to this union.  In 1965, she married Joe Palmer.  During the marriage, many events occurred including the building of her new home, where she resided until her death.  Mr. Palmer made his transition in March of 1970.

Beginning with the Reverend C.H. Harper through the current pastor Reverend Willie Franks, Sr., she was a member of the St. John Missionary Baptist Church for 65 years.  She served the community faithfully and dutifully with the Home Mission Society, as a Sunday School Teacher, and as the church clerk for as long as anyone can remember.  She always considered the St. John community as her second family.

Virgia Cotton Bridges Palmer made her transition on July 15, 2009.  There were many, many accomplishments in Virgia’s life.  However, she was most proud of being a mother to her children.  Their names are: Vasco Lee, Jr. (deceased), Lela Annette, Charlie Haywood and Stennis Carl.  Her legacy and belief in helping others continue with the scholarship fund established in her memory.

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Patrice, wife of Greg Boykin & mother of two sons, Bradley & Alex, is a Magee hometown girl. Patrice is retiring after 25 years in the insurance industry and 23 of those years were with State Farm Insurance in Magee. She is very active in the community serving as Secretary for the Magee Touchdown Club and Vice President of the MS Scholars of Simpson County. Multiple times, Patrice was named Parent of the Year for Magee Schools as well as District Parent of the Year. Patrice & her family are members of New Hope Baptist Church.

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