Hall of Fame

Randle Poss, Class of 1952

Induction Class of 2000

Randle was a standout running back for the Sunflower Junior College Trojans. During his freshman year the Trojans went 3-7 and the next year “Red” was named MVP of the football team. Poss was allowed to stay in school due to broken hand, while others were called to service by the National Guard due to the Korean War.

After serving a stint in the service, Poss went to William Carey where he continued his athletic career playing football, baseball and running track. He was the football team’s leading scorere in 1954 and was named Co-Captain of the football team in 1955. He was also a member of the track team that set a record in the mile relay and the baseball team that started one season with an 11-0 winning streak. He received the Distinguished Alumni Award from William Carey in 1993.

In the late 1950’s Randle earned a degree from the New Orleans Seminary and pastored two churches before taking a position at Maben’s First Baptist Church in 1963. The Baptist Record wrote, “Randle Poss is a builder; in bricks and mortar, wood-and of people.” On his 25th anniversary as pastor, the entire Maben community including other denominations joined in tribute to his ministry.

In 2000 Reverend Poss was the pastor of Providence Baptist Church in Choctaw Couty and Pastor Emeritus of First Baptist Church in Maben. He was a member of the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board and Moderator of the Oktibbeha Baptist Association and upon his retirement received a commendation from the Mississippi Senate for 32 years of leadership in Maben.

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