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Famous Sons & Daughters

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Our Greenville-Washington County area is rich–culturally, agriculturally, historically, politically. And it has had a lasting and profound influence on many areas of modern American life.

Music, literature, politics, the economy, civil rights, even modern maritime navigation have all been affected by the people and events that have contributed to making Greenville and the Delta such a fascinating and unique destination.

“Lil” Bill” Wallace – Bluesman

Angela Jackson – Author

Bern Keating – Author

Betty Werlein Carter – Author

Brooks Haxton – Author

Charles G. Bell – Author

Charlotte Hays – Author

Clifton L. Taulbert – Author

David C. Berry – Author

David L. Cohn – Author

David W. Beckwith – Author

Eddie Cusic – Blues Guitarist and Singer

Eden Brent – Blues Musician

Ellen Douglas a.k.a Josephine Haxton – Author

Eugene Powell aka “Sonny Boy Nelson” – Bluesmen and Guitarist

Frank White – Kansas City Royals Baseball Hall of Famer and Coach

Gayden Metcalfe – Author

Hank Nelken – Screen Writer/Director

Hodding Carter III – Published the Delta Democrat-Times in Greenville between 1962 and 1977. Author.

Holt Collier – noted outdoorsman

He is still known in the Mississippi Delta as the greatest bear hunter of all time. Collier is buried in the historic Live Oak Cemetery.

Jake Ayers, Sr. – Civil Right Activist

Jessie Rosenberg Schell – Author

Jim Dees – Humorist and Author

John F. Harris – Former slave and Confederate soldier

Served as a Republican Party delegate for Washington County in the Mississippi Legislature from 1890 to 1891.

John Ray Skates – Author

Julia Reed – Magazine Editor and Author

Kate Betterton – Author

Latoya Thomas – basketball standout

No. 1 overall pick in 2003 WNBA Draft by the Cleveland Rockers.

Louise Eskrigge Crump – Author

Mamie “Galore” Davis – Blues Singer

Martin Marble

Credited with saving county records when Union troops burned Old Greenville during the Civil War.

Mary Wilson – Charter Member of the Supremes

Mickey Rogers – Guitarist

Pat Thomas – Bluesman and Folk artist

Princella Wilkerson Nowell – Historian and Author

Rev. Ezzie Roy Smith – Minister and Building Contractor

Rev. H.C. Anderson – Photographer and Archivist

Roosevelt “Booba” Barnes – Musician and Band Leader

Ruby “Red Ruby” Hall Edwards – Entrepreneur and Club Owner

Sam Chatmon – Bluesman

Sarah Ferguson – Author

Steve Azar – Country Music Singer and Songwriter

T-Model Ford – Bluesman

Thomas Roosevelt “T.R.” Sanders – Educator, Activist, Entrepreneur and Alderman

Tyrone Davis – Rhythm and Blues Performer

He is one of the original performers who worked the “Chitlin’ Circuit” in the Mississippi Delta for over 30 years.

W. Hodding Carter IV – Author

Walt Grayson – Author and long-time presenter of WLBT TV’s Mississippi Road

Walter J. Turnbull – Founder and Director of Harlem Boys Choir

William Alexander Percy – Author and Poet

William Attaway – Author and Songwriter

Willie Foster – Bluesman