Friends and family of the late Wiley Magee, who graduated from Hinds Community College in 1964, established a scholarship in his name that is available to be awarded to a Hinds student majoring in the agriculture or healthcare fields of study. The deadline for applying for a Hinds Community College Foundation scholarship is Feb. 15.
Magee, who lived in Mendenhall, was circuit clerk in Simpson County from 1984 until he retired in 2004. Magee died on Nov. 9, 2010, at age 67.
“I met Wiley at Hinds and developed a lifelong friendship,” said longtime friend Woody May. “Wiley remains one of the most positive people I ever met. He was a living example that life is not about your problems or your obstacles, but how you react to them.”
William Wiley Magee was born in a one-room shack across the road from where he raised his family in Mendenhall. His family, including four siblings and parents Bill and Lucia Magee, raised horses, cattle and various other livestock in Simpson County. He graduated from Mendenhall High School in 1961.
At Hinds Community College, he was involved in many campus activities before graduating in 1964. He also attended the University of Southern Mississippi and the Mississippi College School of Law.
He served as Director of Mississippi Department of Public Welfare in Simpson County and was later elected to five consecutive terms as circuit clerk of Simpson County. During his years in office, Magee modernized the Circuit Clerk’s office by digitizing the voter rolls and court documents. He also was an active member of the Mississippi Circuit Clerks’ Association and helped train newly elected clerks.
One of the highlights of his life was coaching Dixie Youth baseball. He thought of his players as his own children and would spend many hours not only teaching them the game of baseball but also instilling in them the values and morals that would make them successful members of society.
He was an active member of First Baptist Church Mendenhall, serving as deacon, Sunday school teacher, singing in the choir, and serving on numerous committees until his death.The deadline to apply for the Wiley Magee Scholarship for fall 2017 is Feb. 15.
Scholarships are awarded on the basis of a student’s desire for achievement, involvement in extracurricular activities, financial need, grades and letters of recommendation.
For more information about establishing a scholarship at Hinds Community College, contact Jackie Granberry, 601.857.3630, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hinds Community College is celebrating its 100th year of Community Inspired Service in 2017. Hinds opened in September 1917 first as an agricultural high school and admitted college students for the first time in 1922, with the first class graduating in 1927. In 1982 Hinds Junior College and Utica Junior College merged, creating the Hinds Community College District. Today, as Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution with six locations. Hinds offers quality, affordable educational opportunities with academic programs of study leading to seamless university transfer and career and technical programs teaching job-ready skills. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.