Jones and Storey to be inducted into West Point Hall of Fame

Tom Storey
Staff Writer

This will mark 92 years of the West Point Clay County Growth Alliance Banquet.

The festivities will begin at 5 p.m. with happy hour and networking, dinner buffet at 6 p.m. and the program will start at 6:30 p.m. at The Civic, Thursday, Feb. 22. Tickets are $20 and a table for eight can be reserved.

"We'll have the annual review of the past year," Lisa Klutts, director of the Growth Alliance, said. "We have the Main Street Awards, induct two outstanding members of the community into the West Point Hall of Fame, and then we name the Citizen of the Year."

Klutts said she doesn't want this to be a stuffy event, but one where those attending can have fun and enjoy themselves while recognizing friends and neighbors who make the community a great place to live.

"We aren't having a keynote speaker this year," Klutts said. "I couldn't think of anyone to ask, so this year we will see how it goes without one."

Klutts said as far as she knew there had only been two years when there was no Growth Alliance Banquet.

“The year Spanky Bruce died, in 1993, there wasn't a banquet," Klutts said. "And in 2011, Martha Allen went to work for Community Counseling Services and they did not hire her replacement, Cynthia Wilson, until after the date the banquet would have taken place."

This year's theme is "You are my sunshine." Klutts said she took the idea from the song by Timbuk 3, "The Future's So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades."

She didn't want the theme to be quite that silly and thought better of "You are my sunshine" to show her appreciation for West Point and its citizens.

There are always two citizens who are inducted each year into the West Point Hall of Fame.

This year's inductees are, Anna Jones and Tom Storey.

Jones, a native of Ghana, West Africa, was born in Leicester, United Kingdom, and moved to Ghana with her family in 1957. She received her formal education in Ghana. Jones moved to West
Point in 1984, and became a U.S. citizen in 1994. She enrolled in the Mississippi University for Women and majored in Paralegal Studies. She is currently employed with her husband attorney Bennie L. Jones, as office manager and paralegal since 1984.

Jones has been active in her community by being affiliated with Bright Horizons and Strategic Planning Committee with the West Point Consolidated School District, a member of the Mississippi Democratic Executive Committee, member of the First Congressional District Committee for the Democratic Executive Committee, a member of the Mississippi State Democratic Executive Board Committee, Advisory Board Member of the Technical Division of East Mississippi Community College, among others.

She is the event coordinator for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday celebration in West Point for the past 22 years.

Jones has also been generous in sharing her heritage and knowledge of her native Ghana with displays of art, clothing, jewelry and artifacts at the Louise Campbell Center for the Arts.

Storey graduated from St. John's High School in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1958, earned a BPA in City Management and Juris Doctorate degrees from the University of Mississippi. He was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity at Ole Miss and is currently a member of the chapter's House Corporation.

Storey was sworn in by the Supreme Court June 8, 1966, became associated with A.M. Edwards, and continues to be part of the Firm of Edwards, Storey, Marshall, Helveston and Easterling.

He served as chairman of the BiCentennial Commission for West Point and Clay County in 1976, president of the Clay County Economic Development Corporation in 1991; A charter member of the Jaycees, serving as vice president.

Storey served as prosecuting attorney for two terms, filled the Youth Court Judge position since 1979, making him the longest serving Youth Court Judge in Mississippi.

He served as attorney for the mayor and Board of Selectmen during Mayor Kenny Dill's term; Served as attorney for the Clay County Board of Supervisors, and served as attorney for the West Point Consolidated School District from 1992 to present. Storey has a long list of accomplishments throughout his illustrious career.

"We can announce the inductees into the West Point Hall of Fame, Anna Jones and Tom Storey," Klutts said. "But we keep the Citizen of the Year a secret until the banquet. Then that person will be named and will receive a Pat Gavin original piece of art."