Hall of Fame

Charles C. Jacobs, Jr., Class of 1940

Induction Class of 2000

Charles Jacobs of Cleveland was the first ever tennis player to be inducted into the Mississippi Delta Community College Sports Hall of Fame. During the 1939 and 1940 seasons Charlie was a force to be reckoned with on junior college tennis courts across the state. He would later become a force to be reckoned with in the Mississippi Legislature where he served three terms in the House of Representatives. Jacobs played both singles and doubles for the Trojans tennis team and won the State Junior College Tennis Championship in single and doubles in 1939 and 1940. He was an honor student and President of his sophomore class.

Charles went from SJC to Ole Miss and played on the Rebel’s tennis team in 1941 helping them go 11-3. His education was interrupted by WWII, but he returned to earn his law degree from Ole Miss in 1947. In the interim, he served a four year stint with the U.S. Marine Corps during WWII from 1942 to 1946 rising to the rank of Captain and earning 2 Bronze Star Medals- one in Iwo Jima an don in Saipan.

His career in public service includes 3 terms in the state legislature from 1952-1964 and his service on the State College Board from 1976-1988 were he was President of the Board for Institutions of Higher Learning in 1985.

Jacobs began practicing law in Cleveland since 1947 and was chosen as Cleveland’s Young Man of the Year by the Junior Chamber of Commerce in 1954.

In 1984 Charlie was named Alumnus of the Year by the MDCC Development Foundation Board.

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