The Petal Education Foundation is proud to announce Mr. Jimmy Jones as the 2012 Alumnus of the Year.Mr. Jones is a 1955 graduate of Petal High School where he played football, basketball and played on the first baseball team at PHS.After graduation he served in the United States Army from 1955-1958 and was then employed by Mobil Oil for 39 years until retirement.While at Petal High School he was chosen Mr. PHS, “Most Likeable”, Desoto All Conference Football and Basketball, Captain of the Football Team , Best Sportsman, and Football King.Jimmy is an active member and Lifetime Deacon at Petal-Harvey Baptist Church.He served as a volunteer coach for the Petal Optimist Club from 1967-1978 and currently volunteers in the Petal School District and is a member of the Petal Touchdown Club.Mr. Jones is married to Elaine Clark Jones of Petal for 55 years.His family includes Ronnie Jones & his wife Jenny of Las Vegas, Nevada and Karla Jones Hogan and her husband Michael of Petal, Ms.Jimmy and Elaine have 5 grandchildren:Jermey and Jeffree Jones and Mallory, Kennedy, and Maggie Hogan.
Connie Bufkin Drake
Alumnus of the Year 2011
Mrs. Connie Bufkin Drake was elected the 2011 Petal School District Alumnus of the Year. Connie is a 1970 graduate of Petal High School.Her teaching career began in the Petal School District in 1975 and continues where she teaches Accounting I and II and Personal Finance.During Ms. Drake’s tenure at Petal High School she has served hundreds of students as teacher, cheerleader and beauty pageant sponsor, paper staff advisor, homecoming committee co-chair, and senior field day chair. Her professional activities include serving as the business department chair, a member of the teacher advisory, and shared decision making committees. Connie was selected as Petal High School Teacher of the Year in 2009. After regular school hours, Ms. Drake serves the people of Petal by teaching at the GED program through Pearl River Community College.She works with students who have encountered obstacles in their life which have caused them not to graduate from high school.Connie also assists at the Alternative School with employability skills instruction as well as monitor students community service projects.Connie is the proud mother and mother-in-law of Gina and Chad Boyd, Leslie and Lloyd Thomas and Garrett and Britnie Drake.She has two grandchildren, Isabelle Boyd and Dax Drake.
Alumnus of the Year 2010
Mr.Allen Flynt is a 1970 graduate of Petal High School.Allen is an active member and past president of Rotary Club of Petal and is a Paul Harris Fellow in Rotary International.He has served as Past President, board member and is an active member of the Petal Area Chamber of Commerce, board member of the Area Development Partnership, founding member of the Petal Area Economic Development Council, and associate board member of Bancorp South, Petal, MS.In 1997 Allen received the Bobby Runnels Leadership Award given by the Petal Area Chamber of Commerce and was chosen as Volunteer of the Year for the Mississippi Economic Development Council. Petal School District has enjoyed Allen’s volunteer work as he has served as a past member of the Vocational Technology Committee, Polymer Science Curriculum Committee, PHS Band Boosters, and is an active member of the Petal Touchdown Club.Mr. Flynt is a board member for the Veteran’s Memorial Walk of Honor, Co-chair for the Pine Burr Boy Scouts, and is currently serving as Vice President and board member for Sunrise Utility Board.
Alumnus of the Year 2009
The Petal School District's 2009 Alumnus of the YEar is Mr. Tommy Fairley. Tommy is a 1966 graduate of Petal High School.As a volunteer he has given his time as past secretary of the Petal Optimist Club, served on the Pine Burr Boy Scout Executive Board, is a member and past president of the Rotary Club of Petal, co-chaired fundraisers for the construction of the Petal YMCA and served as board member, co-chaired the American Cancer society Jail and Bail for Petal.He is a volunteer for the American Heart Fund, United Way and has served as a past board member of the Area Development Partnership.Tommy has participated in ‘Strategic Planning’ for the Petal School District, was a founding and past board member of the Petal Education Foundation and is a member of the Petal Touchdown Club.Tommy and his wife, Dolores, reside in Petal.
Alumnus of the Year 2008
Ed Walker was selected as the Petal School District's 2008 Alumnus of the Year. Walker is a 1957 graduate of Petal High School.Petal School system employed Mr. Walker in 1961 through 1966 where he served as a teacher, football coach and principal.He served as head football coach of the Petal High School football team and in 1965, won the Desoto Conference championship and was selected 1965 Coach of the Year.He has volunteered his time as president of the Optimist club, helped in reviving the Peewee sports program in Petal, member of the Petal High Booster Club, Quarterback Club and has served as president of the Petal Touchdown Club.Ed and his wife, Falba, still reside in Petal.
Alumnus of the Year 2007
Buck Anderson received the honor as Petal School District Education Foundation Alumnus of the Year in 2007. He is a 1955 graduate of Petal High School. Although he lives in Fitzgerald, Georgia, he continues to support his alma mater by giving monetarily to the Touchdown Club and Petal Football Boosters. He visits regularly with the club in order to keep up with the progress of the team and coaches. Buck and his wife, Libby, currently reside in Fitzgerald, Georgia.
Alumnus of the Year 2006
Hal Walker received the honor as Petal School District Education Foundation Alumnus of the Year in 2006. He has given 1980 graduate of Petal High School. Throughout his years in Petal, Hal has supported many groups within the school system. Hal has given countless hours to coaching youth basketball and football through the Petal Youth Sports Association. Hal and his wife, Donnie, reside in Petal.
Alumnus of the Year 2005
Milton Carpenter received the honor as Petal School District Education Foundation Alumnus of the Year in 2005. He is a 1963 graduate of Petal High School. Mr. Carpenter has been an active member of the Petal Optimist Club where he helped coach and the run Youth League Baseball Program. He has also been an active member of the Petal High School Athletic Booster Club and volunteers many hours in the concession stands at various PHS Athletic events. He implemented the “Partners in Education” program that helped generate over $500,000.00 for the Petal School District.
Junior & Carolyn Broome
Alumni of the Year 2004
Carolyn and Junior Broome received the honor as Petal School District Education Foundation Alumni of the Year in 2004.Carolyn is a 1969 graduate of Petal High School and Junior is a 1967 graduate of Petal High School. Throughout their years in Petal, they have both given their time and monetary donations to student clubs, organizations as well as all athletic teams. Carolyn has for a number of years served as a Cheerleader Sponsor at Petal High School. Junior serves as a deacon at Petal Harvey Baptist Church. They are parents of two sons who are also Petal High School alumni. Junior and Carolyn still reside in Petal.
Alumnus of the Year 2003
Jim Smith received the honor as Petal School District Education Foundation Alumnus of the Year in 2003. He is a 1967 graduate of Petal High School. Smith has been a Petal High School Booster Club member for 37 years, servings as President four times. Throughout his years in Petal, Smith has supported many groups within the school system as well as helping numerous former PHS baseball players receive college scholarships and get drafted by major league teams. Smith has served as a member of the PES P.T.A., WLS P.T.A., Petal Pee Wee Football Coach and Soccer Coach, Petal Optimist Club Baseball Coach, and Petal American Legion Baseball Coach. He has served on the board of Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame, Salvation Army, United Way, and Asbury United Methodist Church Board. Smith and his wife, Wanda, still reside in Petal.
Alumnus of the Year 2002
Lynn Cartlidge was the first to receive the honor as Petal School District Education Foundation Alumnus of the Year in 2002. He is a 1949 graduate of Petal High School. Mr. Cartlidge was elected as Supervisor of District Three in Forrest County in 1974 and was elected President of the Board of Supervisors in 1980. In 1975, Cartlidge served as chairman of the committee responsible for the incorporation of the City of Petal. In 1976, Petal School District was formed and Cartlidge headed the committee responsible for hiring the first superintendent of Petal Schools, Herbert Ray Nobles. Throughout his years in Petal, Cartlidge has supported many groups within the school system, including band, baseball, football, softball, choirs and numerous other programs. He serves as a deacon at Petal Harvey Baptist Church and remains active in numerous community organizations and serves as the current chairman of the Petal School District Education Foundation. Cartlidge and his wife, Earleace, still reside in Petal, Mississippi.