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Friends of SMSH

Friends of South Mississippi State Hospital is a volunteer-based, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting understanding of mental health and the needs of individuals with mental illness, improving the quality of life for patients, and providing recognition and support for employees.



Membership is made up of individuals from the hospital staff, members of civic and service groups, and individuals from the community.


Anyone who is interested in serving as an advocate for individuals with mental illness can be a member. Annual membership fees are $10.00.

Click HERE to download an application to join Friends of South Mississippi State Hospital.

The application for Corporate Sponsorship can be found HERE​.

Friends of SMSH, Inc. is classified as a public charity and is exempt from Federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to Friends of SMSH are deductible under section 170 of the Code.


Friends of SMSH Board of Directors

​Name Organization​​​ Friends Po​sition​
Doug Boutwell
Michael Graham
Community Volunteer
Pearl River Valley EPA
Vice President
Pat Lee Lamar Healthcare & Rehab ​Immediate Past President
​Bill Coll ​Community Volunteer ​Board Member at Large
​Missy Gipson Hancock Whitney - Purvis ​Board Member at Large
​Andrea Hood ​Hancock Whitney - Highway 98 ​Board Member at Large
Harold Myatt​ ​Myatt Leasing ​Board Member at Large
​Benny Prestridge ​Community Volunteer ​Board Member at Large
​Steve Reid ​Pearl River County Hospital ​Board Member at Large
​Wynona Wiley ​Community Volunteer ​Board Member at Large
​May Watson ​SMSH ​2016 Employee of the Year
​Melanie Ingram ​SMSH ​2017 Employee of the Year
​Sabrina Young ​SMSH Director ​Ex-Officio
​Andy Tucker ​SMSH Fiscal Services Director ​Ex-Officio, Treasurer
​Donna Boutwell ​SMSH Public Relations Director ​Ex-Officio, Secretary
​Ed Felsher ​Community Volunteer ​Honorary Board
​Greg Lowery ​Owens Business Machines ​Honorary Board
​Jeff Mayo ​Oak Grove Heating & Air ​Honorary Board
John Blanks​ ​Director Emeritus
​Mary E. Ray ​Director Emeritus
​Sharon Rainey ​Director Emeritus

Corporate Sponsors

​​​Platinum Sponsors ​Doug Boutwell
​Bill Coll
​Doleac Electric Company
​Fred Hatten
​Lynnette and Don Kendrick

​​Jeff and Kathy Mayo
​Harold Myatt
​Purvis Juniorettes
​Valley Foods
​Whitfield Heating & Air
​Wynona Wiley
Gold Sponsors​ ​Aflac -- Josh Cline Agency
​Century First Federal Credit Union
​The First
​Hancock Whitney
​Pat Lee
​Owens Business Machines
​Pearl River Valley Electric Power Association
​Purvis Woman's Club
​Southern Development of Mississippi
​Silver Sponsors ​Lance Computer Systems d/b/a Netbase Technologies

In-Kind Sponsors

​Pearl Level All Brands Foods
​Pearson Pawn & Gift
​Water Flow Productions​​

Friends of SMSH Employee Giving

​Diamond Level Donna Boutwell
​Frederick Eaton

​Allen Harris, M.D.
​April Holder
​Charleen Melancon
​Carla Whitfield
​Dr. Scott Willoughby
​Sabrina Young
​Sapphire Level ​Tiffanie Bellino
​Anita Cheramie
​Ashley Chism
​Sarena Evans-Hutchins
​Darryl Kimball
​Lane Patrick
Mary Rogers
​Tracy Ruble
​Ruby Level Mary Adams
​Rebekah Boe
Jenna Brewer
​Angie Dillon
​Alethea Fairley
​Wendy Hale
​Cindy Jackson
​Arif Kamal
​Reed Makamson
​Emerald Level Crystal Belisle
​Katie Breland
​​​ ​Norma Brewer
​Vicki Bright
Merwin Brown
​Johnna Carter
Amanda Dill
​Katie Drake
​Julius Ducksworth
Toyia Griffin
Troy Holmes
​Cindy Hyden
​Noelle Knippers
​Phaedra McLin
​Jason Richardson
​Karla Simmons
​Koko Swanigan
​Andy Tucker
​Claire von Gahlen
​Frances Voss
​Sandy Walley
Tommie Ware
​May Watson
​Olivia Wright
​General Membership Misty Barrett
​David Bogan
​Tawana Bolton
​Ebony Brown
​Corey Chandler
​Angela Chatman
​Sarah Copling
​Shelby Csaszar
​Jimmy Evans
​Lisa Fite
​Peggy Foster
​Nicholas Golden
​Tawhid Haque
​Jessica Howell
​Chris Jolie
​Wilma Joshua
​Tori Marisco
​Pamela Montgomery
​Blake Morrow
​Justin Ramirez
​Derrick Robinson
​Carolyn Stuart
​Christopher Uggen
​Christy Youngblood​




Membership Levels

Annual Corporate Sponsorships

 Platinum (3 representatives) $200+
Gold (2 representatives) $100+
Silver (1 representative) $50+

 Employee Donations (above $10)

General $1.00 per pay period
Emerald $2.50 per pay period
Ruby $4.60 per pay period
Sapphire $8.75 per pay period
Diamond $12.50+ per pay period

In-Kind Contributions Corporate/Citizen

 Jade $50
Onyx $100
Opal $200
Pearl $300 and above​


  • 823 Highway 589 
    Purvis, Mississippi
  • Phone:  601.794.0100
    Fax:        601.794.0210
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