Citizen of the Year

Chamber names Darlene Copp as 46th Annual Citizen of the Year Honoree

Darlene Copp, LOU Citizen of the Year

Each year since 1972, the Oxford-Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce recognizes an individual who has made positive contributions to Oxford, Lafayette County and the University of Mississippi as the LOU Citizen of the Year.

Nominated candidates are judged on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Their positive volunteer contributions to the Oxford/Lafayette/University community;
  • Their contributions above and beyond those normally expected in an elective or appointive position, or above and beyond mere success in a business or profession;
  • and their perception as a role model for good citizenship and volunteerism in a non-paid capacity for our community.

At their Annual Meeting in May 2017, the Chamber named Darlene Copp as the 46th Annual Honoree.  Darlene is a great example of volunteer service. Her dedication and commitment to heritage initiatives and programs, on behalf of both residents and visitors, is evidence of citizenship at its highest and best.  She is a public historian, a profound writer and researcher, and a museum manager.  She brings all these varied skills to the benefit of the City she loves and the County that she is proud to reside in.

This year’s honoree – Darlene Copp – exemplifies what the Citizen of the Year honor is meant to recognize. Click here for her full bio and highlights of her contributions to the LOU Community.

 

Previous Citizen of the Year Recipients

William McNeil Reed – 1972
Jean Allen Young – 1973
Dr. and Mrs. J.D. Williams – 1974
Fred Taylor – 1975
Dr. Frank Anderson – 1976
Dr. C. M. Murry – 1977
Will Lewis, Sr. – 1978
Travis King – 1979
Nina Goolsby and Jesse Phillips – 1980
Dr. L. G. Hopkins – 1981
Lake and Dick Elliott – 1982
Dr. James Mann – 1983
B.O. Elliott, Jr. – 1984
Clark Littlejohn – 1985
Will Hickman – 1986
William N. Lovelady – 1987
Edgar Harold Overstreet – 1988
Robert C. Khayat – 1989
Jack F. Dunbar – 1990
Buddy East – 1991
Bernie L Smith, III – 1992
Willie B. Tankersley – 1993
Mayor John Leslie – 1994
Louise Avent – 1995
Walker Coffey – 1996
Mary Ann Fruge’ – 1997
J.C. Goolsby – 1998
Vaughn Grisham/Pete Ramey – 1999
Duncan Gray – 2000
Mary Lexa – 2001
Sonny Johnson – 2002
Lena Wiley – 2003
Harry Sneed – 2004
Darryail Whittington – 2005
Dan Phillips – 2006
H.C. Franklin – 2007
James Pryor – 2008
Dr. Keith Mansel – 2009
Hollis Crowder – 2010
Jean Shaw – 2011
Bill Russell – 2012
Dr. Fred Laurenzo/Wil St. Amand – 2013
Max D. Hipp – 2014
Dr. Dan Jones – 2015
Captain Max Miller – 2016
Darlene Copp – 2017