Mary Crankshaw was first county resident to receive Jefferson Award for Public Service

Mary Crankshaw was first county resident to receive Jefferson Award for Public Service

Mary was the youngest of three daughters born to Kelton L. and Mary Belle Gentry Pepper. She was born on July 6, 1908, in Atlanta, Georgia, and was raised as an Army brat, traveling with the family to the Philippines, Japan, China and the Panama Canal. This afforded her the opportunity to meet famous people, such as Gen. Douglas MacArthur and Gen. George Patton, actors […]

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Josephine Chen served on ‘Commission on the Status of Women’

Josephine Chen served on ‘Commission on the Status of Women’

Women’s History Month The eldest of 10 children born to William Ling Chung and Margaret Ma, Josephine was born in 1932 in Suzhou, China. The family moved to Chungking when the Japanese invaded China.  Constant loss of homes due to bombing forced them to move 13 times. They moved to Calcutta, then to Bombay where Josephine and her mother and sisters remained in a hotel for […]

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Kempfer was first woman appointed to American National Cattlemen’s Association

Kempfer was first woman appointed to American National Cattlemen’s Association

Carolyn Teresa Reed entered the world on February 24, 1919, in Savannah, Georgia; she was the eldest of four children born to Clyde and Ethel Reed. On a visit to Florida in the mid-1940s, she met George Kempfer and knew immediately he was the man she wanted to marry. Little did she know how her life would change, being the wife of a rancher in […]

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Naomi Winbush made education and literacy a priority

Naomi Winbush made education and literacy a priority

A cotton, rice and soybean farm in Sunflower County, Mississippi, was home to Naomi Daniel, parents Isaac and Abbie Staples Daniel and Naomi’s eight siblings. Born on April 7, 1932, she left home at the age of 16 to attend Tennessee State University, majoring in home economics, which at that time was one of the few degree options for minorities.   Although they were in college […]

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