Spivey named Alumnus of the Year

  • Wednesday, 11 October 2017 16:43

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Jon A. “Jonny” Spivey is the 2017 Mississippi Delta Community College Alumnus of the Year. Spivey received an Associate of Arts degree from Mississippi Delta Community College, was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics from Mississippi State University and completed additional studies at Delta State University.

Spivey has worked 33 years in the crop protection industry and is currently employed by Dow AgroSciences. He served as board member, vice president, and president of the Mississippi Agricultural Industries Council and was twice selected as the MAIC Man of the Year. Additionally, he was a member of the Indianola Academy Board of Directors and past assistant Boy Scout master. Jonny and his family attend the Inverness United Methodist Church where he serves on the Pastor Parish Relations Committee.

Both of Jonny’s parents attended Sunflower Junior College in 1937 and 1938; his mother, Hazle Alford Spivey, did the artwork for the 1938 Retrospect. Jonny grew up in Moorhead and remembers countless hours spent at MDCC. Whether attending sporting events with his father, C.E. Spivey, Jr., riding his bicycle through campus, playing basketball in the gym, or listening to the jukebox in the Trojan Shield, MDCC was an important part of his youth. Coach Jimmy Bellipanni gave him the nickname Speedy when, during a Little League baseball game, Jonny was thrown out at first base on a hit that normally would qualify for a double or triple. While at MDJC he made many lifelong friends and was fortunate to have many mentors such as Dr. J.T. Hall, Miss Nannie Pearl Scroggins, Mr. Charles Foley and Coaches J.D. Stonestreet, Carl Grubb, Jim Randall, and Jimmy Bellipanni.

Jonny has been involved in the MDCC Alumni Association for many years and continues to be an active member. He has been a cook for Trojan Tailgate, a member of the Trojan Tailgate Club, supporter of MDCC athletics, and a sponsor for alumni chapter meetings. In leadership roles he has served as secretary/treasurer and president of the Sunflower/Humphreys County Alumni Chapter, district vice president, and currently serves as district president. He is also a member of the MDCC Foundation Board. Sandra Moore, vice president of the Sunflower/Humphreys County Alumni Chapter, says that Jonny gives of his time freely and spares no expense in his efforts to “grow” the alumni membership.

Jonny has been married to MDJC graduate Sylvia Simmons Spivey for forty years. They have three daughters, Scarlett Miller of Meridian, Layne Mitchell of Cleveland, and Megan Burnham of Cleveland, and five grandchildren.

Thompson Named Alumnus of Year

  • Sunday, 27 September 2015 23:23

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William “Mickey” Thompson of Cleveland, Miss., is the 2015 Mississippi Delta Community College Alumnus of the Year.

Thompson earned an associate’s degree in drafting and design from Mississippi Delta Junior College and after graduation attended Delta State University. While at MDJC, Thompson was the president of several college clubs and served on student council.

Thompson, an active supporter of MDCC, has continued his association with the college in numerous capacities. He serves on the MDCC Board of Trustees and has been a faithful member for 25 years. In addition, he serves on the advisory board for MDCC’s Bolivar/Coahoma alumni chapter, has been a chapter meeting sponsor, and is a member of the Trojan Tailgate Club.

In addition, Thompson supports Trojan athletics and the MDCC Sports Hall of Fame, and each year, shares his Corvette convertible for use in MDCC’s homecoming parade. A believer in the importance of education, he, along with Pat Denton, established an academic scholarship for MDCC students from Bolivar County.

Thompson has a long record of community and civic involvement. He was elected mayor of Shelby for two terms and served six terms as Bolivar County Tax Assessor/Collector. Active in his hometown of Cleveland, he serves on the Heritage Committee, the City Planning Commission, the Cleveland Crime Stoppers Association, and is a Deacon at the First Baptist Church.

Previously, he served as a Boy Scout leader, PTA president for Pearman Elementary School, and Delta Arts Alliance director. In addition he has been a member of the Cleveland Chamber of Commerce, Jaycees, Rotary Club, Exchange Club, and Delta State Booster Club.

On the state level, Thompson has served as president of the Mississippi Tax Assessor/Collector Association and President of the Mississippi Chapter of International Assessors Officers Association. He has worked with the Mississippi state legislators in upgrading and introducing new laws for the State Tax Commission. Thompson has received numerous awards, including district service awards from both the Mississippi Tax Assessors College and the Mississippi Association of Supervisors. Currently, he works as a property tax consultant for Humphreys County.

Thompson has been married to the former Jean Neel of Indianola for more than 50 years. They have two sons, Mike of Dallas, and Jeffrey of Cleveland, Miss.