PICAYUNE — Pearl River Community College will induct six alumni into the Lifetime Achievement Hall of Fame on April 18 at a gala to be held at Southern Oaks House and Gardens in Hattiesburg. Among those to be honored is retired petroleum geologist Floyd Furr of Picayune. Upon being notified of the award, Picayune Mayor Ed Pinero, said, “Mr. Furr is a great man, who has been a leader and an inspiration to many. He is well deserving of this prestigious honor.” Furr graduated as salutatorian of the Picayune High School Class of 1948. His uncle owned the Picayune Item and his father worked there for his uncle as a printer. Furr decided to work for The Times-Picayune, but through the efforts of his group of friends: Richard Hobgood, Dick Read, Larry Seal and Robbie Mitchell, he made the first of four significant life-decisions. He decided to attend PRCC. Furr said, “I think that’s the first major decision I made and it led to everything else.” While he excelled at his studies, ultimately graduating as valedictorian, college life was not all about books. “That freshman year we all went to the old department store in Poplarville and we purchased the old straw hats they had for sale. We bought bright colored corduroy shirts, string ties and walking canes that we would wear. We would go to high school games, and we had our routine where we would cross our legs and tap our canes. We’d tip our hats to the ladies and wave to the fellows. I had a ’34 Plymouth four-door and my friends and I would all crowd into that. We called ourselves the ‘The Fabulous Five.’” The ladies loved them but the fellows were not fans, Furr said. “One night we returned to my car to find it full of sugar cane husks. It smelled like a brewery,” he recalls laughing. The group of friends were so popular that they even had their photo taken for the 1953 PRCC Annual. Furr earned his degree with honors in petroleum geology from Mississippi State University where he was inducted into Sigma Gamma Epsilon and Pi Kappa Phi honor societies. He began his career as a geologist with Humble Oil and Refining Co. (Exxon) in Houston, Texas. He also worked as a consultant with ORI before retiring at age 55. “It was great to retire at 55. My wife, Ethel, and I have spent 30 years traveling and I have enjoyed our family and my community work,” said the father of three sons and grandfather of seven. The Lifetime Achievement Hall of Fame was established in 2012 to honor the professional accomplishments of outstanding alumni of PRCC. “As past president of the Picayune Rotary Club, I congratulate Mr. Furr for this well deserved honor. He is a valued asset to our Picayune Rotary Club and this community. He truly personifies our motto of ‘Service above self’,” Mark Stockstill said. Furr said, “I’m surprised to be selected for this honor at the college. It’s only the second year they have had this award and I am in the company of people who I think have made outstanding contributions. This is quite an honor. I have had a wonderful life.”
United Way, library offer free programs for children
The United Way of South Mississippi (UWSM) has issued a press release stating that it now has more than 500 children enrolled in Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, a program that provides free books to children.
Christmas on the Rails and Shop by Candlelight recap
Christmas on the Rails has come and gone for 2013, but what remains are lots of happy memories for all who attended the event, in spite of inclement weather earlier in the day. The event combined Picayune Main Street Shop by Candlelight and Greater Picayune Art Council’s Art Works.
Picayune Community Spotlight: Picayune Police Department
The Picayune Police Department has had a year of progress in the war on drugs, 911 capability and high visibility which in no small part has been due to focus on goals; cooperation of city officials and community support and departmental commitment— for example, everyone received the Chief’s Award from Police Chief Bryan Dawsey at the Chamber of Commerce Banquet.
Parker brings Christmas to 95 children
Cathryn Paker has spent all year diligently working on giftboxes for children she will never see. On Thursday, for the fifth consecutive year, she presented those 95 giftboxes for children in need to Christian Care Ministries on behalf of herself and her church, St. Barnabus Anglican Church.
Third annual Christmas on the Rails and Shopping by Candlelight
The Third Annual “Christmas on the Rails” is from 5 until 8 p.m. Friday in conjunction with Picayune Main Street’s Shop by Candlelight and Art Works sponsored by Greater Picayune Arts Council (GPAC). Art Works and Shop by Candlelight go on until 9 p.m. Sometime during the evening, the Greater Picayune Area Chamber of Commerce will announce the winner of the Best Decorated Store Front contest.
CWC Pilgrimage: A second time around
D.L. and Sandra Barker Bolton invite you to join them for the “second time around” as they open their home for the Civic Woman’s Club Christmas Pilgrimage to be held on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 2 until 7 p.m.
Both of them were on the first tour of homes when Civic Woman’s Club started the Pilgrimage in 1986. D.L. and his late wife, Wanda, had a Renaissance Christmas, and Sandra and her late husband, Larry, had a Victorian Christmas.
Business withstands test of time
McDonald Funeral Home, now owned and operated by Steve and Ann
McDonald, is a 96-year-old family run business with several long time
employees and was the recent recipient of the 2013 Excellence in
Business Award from the Greater Picayune Area Chamber of Commerce.
Vocability: Did Black Friday make you blue?
The holiday shopping season has begun and in its honor this week’s
column relates to retail terminology.
Anyone who has either had a part-time job or has been known as a
frequent shopper has most likely encountered several of these terms.
Match the ones you know and learn the others because it will give you
a whole perspective on your shopping experience.
As always, the answers are at the bottom of the column.
Partners delivers Presents for Pearl River County
“Our vision was to coordinate with all three county school districts and have students anonymously adopted like the programs used with ‘Angel Tree’ and such,” said Herndon, who is Children's Minister at First Baptist Church in Picayune. “We have two locations for trees that will have ornaments representing children in need. One is at Coast Electric in Picayune and the other is at the Poplarville Courthouse.”
Coast Electric is located at 6375 U.S. 11, in Picayune. The Poplarville Courthouse is located at 200 Highway 26 E, in Poplarville. The trees are conveniently located for access when the facilities are closed.
Toys for Tots registration and drive
Boxes are available in Picayune, Poplarville, Crossroads, Millard, McNeill and Carriere.
In Picayune, a few of the many locations to find them are: Crosby Library, Highland Community Hospital, Picayune Police Department and SPCA. In Poplarville, a few of the many locations to find them are: Jacob’s Well, Chamber of Commerce and Hancock Bank. In Crossroads, a box is located at Crossroad Seafood and Grill. In McNeill, a box is located at McNeill Travel Plaza. In Carriere, boxes can be found at Hide-A-Way Lake and PRC School ROTC.
To sign up, go to WORC from Monday, Dec. 2 through Friday, Dec 6, during the hours of 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. through noon. Those needing further information can call 769-926-1333.
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