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    Famous Sons & Daughters

    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