Honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards
Former Mississippi Governor William Winter and Tupelo businessman Jack Reed, Sr. were honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards at the 3rd annual ourMississippi Honors Gala in Tupelo.
“I’m extremely pleased and honored that we are able to pay homage to these two giants,” said event chair Wesley Wells. “They both have given their hearts and souls to the betterment of all Mississippians.”
Reed passed earlier this year and his award was accepted posthumously on his behalf by his son and business partner, Jack Reed, Jr. as well as other family members.
“It’s an honor to be here to accept this posthumously in honor of dad.” Reed said.
Reed spoke about how his dad played a part in the peaceful integration of Tupelo Public Schools and his support for public schools and the friendship his dad and Winter had throughout the years.
“They had what we called a Bro-mance,” he said with a smile. “I want to say thank you for this honor. Long live their memories and long live their influence on all of us as we hope to pick up the batons.”
Winter wasn’t able to attend because of health reasons, spoke to the audience via video.
“This is a very significant honor and I take great pride in what it represents,” Winter said. “I have spent most of my adult life working for racial harmony, so I’m honored to be recognized here tonight with my great friend Jack Reed, Sr.”
Tyrone Ellis Honored with
Legendary Achievement Award
Mississippi State Representative Tyrone Ellis was awarded the 2016 Legendary Achievement Award at the Gala. Ellis has served District 38, which includes Clay, Lowndes and Oktibbeha Counties, since 1980.
“Proud to honor this hard working man that gives so much to, not only his community, but to the entire state,” Wells said. “He’s served for a long time and continues to do so.”
Holly Springs Mayor Kelvin Buck introduced Ellis, who attended along with his wife Arella and several friends.
“When you can bring people together like this and honoring Mississippians, and speaking the truth as it relates to diversity and inclusion and trying to unify communities, you’re doing great things for the greater good,” Ellis said. “We still have work to do. I still have work to do.”
Shellie Michael named Ambassador of the Year
Jackson’s Shellie Michael was named Ambassador of the Year for her work in promoting women and minority business growth. Michael is the Executive Director of the Mississippi Minority Business Alliance out of Jackson.
“Ms. Michael does an extraordinary job of travelling the state promoting minority business development,” Wells said. “She gives a lot of herself to help other women and minorities get a leg up. We’re proud of the work she does.”
The award caught Michael by surprise.
“This is an unexpected surprise and I’m honored,” She said. “I accept this award on behalf of all the women and minority owned businesses that I serve throughout the great state of Mississippi, who are challenged more so now than ever for the opportunity to compete and compete fairly.”