Board of Directors

Bobby Wells – President
Bobby retired as District Manager from the Pontotoc Electric Power Association after 38 years of service.   He has served in the Mississippi National Guard,  is a member of the Bruce Chamber of Commerce and is an active member of the Mt. Comfort Baptist church.  He and his wife Ramona live at Bruce, MS.

Joey Hawkins
Joey is the owner of the Home & Auto Center in Calhoun City and has been in the business for 20 years. He has a business degree from the University Of Mississippi.  He and his family live in Calhoun City.

Jim Blue
After serving his country for 22 years in the Army, Jim retired as a Lt. Colonel. He has raised cattle for 26 years and is the owner of a machine shop. He has BS and Industrial Management degrees from Mississippi State University and a Masters in Industrial Management from Florida Technology Institute. Jim is President of the Vardaman Chamber of Commerce and a member of the First Baptist Church in Vardaman.

Dock Gabbert – ex officio Member, Mayor, Town of Derma
Dock has been mayor of Derma, MS for over 40 years. He also works for Willis Engineering, Inc. as an assistant engineer and administrator, and is a member of the Derma Baptist Church.

James Casey – ex officio Member, Mayor, Town of Vardaman
James was a teacher and principal in the Vardaman school system for 36 years. He has degrees in Physical Education and School Administration from the Mississippi State University and is Mayor of Vardaman, MS.

J. R. Denton – ex officio Member, Mayor, Town of Calhoun City
J. R.  is the owner of Chandler Drugs in Calhoun City, with 34 years in the pharmacy business. He has BS and pharmacy degrees from the University Of Mississippi, has 24 years of public service as an Alderman, School Board member and Mayor of Calhoun City, MS., and is a member of the Calhoun City Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club, Three Rivers PDD (a director) and the First Baptist church in Calhoun City.

Rudy Popeex officio Member, Mayor, Town of Bruce
Rudy is a  graduate of Mississippi State University with a Masters Degree in Education.  He retired from teaching and coaching after thirty-five years, serving  fifteen of those years in Calhoun County.   He is a member of the Retired Teachers Association and Bruce First Baptist Church where he serves on the Benevolence Committee.  He is  currently serving his first term as Mayor of Bruce.

Laura Edwards – President,  Calhoun City Chamber of Commerce
Laura is an Accountant and Tax Preparer with over 20 years experience, and is the owner of Laura Edwards Accounting in Calhoun City. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Mississippi State University and is the President of the Calhoun City Chamber of Commerce.  She is a member of First Baptist Church in Calhoun City where she teaches 5th-6th grade Sunday School and 1st – 6th grade choir. Laura is also involved in the New Century Club of Calhoun City, serving as its Treasurer.

Ron Harville
Ron is Vice President of Sales for Med Lift & Mobility, Inc., with over 16 years of experience. He has a business degree from the University of Mississippi, is an Alderman for the town of Big Creek, MS and is a board member of the Big Creek Water Association.

Becky Wright – President, Bruce Chamber of Commerce
Becky and her husband James own and operate Piggly Wiggly in Bruce where they have been in business for 19 years. She serves as President of the Bruce Chamber of Commerce, is a member of the Fine Arts Club of Bruce, and is an active member of the Bruce United Methodist Church where she currently serves on the Board of Trustees.  Becky has served for 12 years on the state board of the GFWC-Mississippi Federation of Women’s Clubs.

Malinda Hitt
Malinda is the HR manager of Weyerhaeuser’s Bruce plant, with 30 years of experience. She has an Associate of Applied Science degree from Hinds Junior College and is a member of the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.

Terry Fales
Terry grew up in the Houston, TX area, graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in accounting, and married Frances (Lynn) Bryant, a southern belle from Calhoun County. He worked for Shell Oil Company as an accounting manager and organizational improvement consultant, retiring after 40 years of service. Lynn and Terry moved to Calhoun City in 2006 to be closer to family. In 2007, Terry and other county leaders created the CEDA organization, where he served as its first Director for about 6 years. Lynn and Terry have three children and six grandchildren (2 here in Calhoun County),  and are members of the Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church.