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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​
​Pat Lee
Doug Boutwell
Lamar Healthcare & Rehab
Community Volunteer
Vice President
​Benny Prestridge Community Volunteer ​Immediate Past President
​Bill Coll ​Community Volunteer ​Board Member at Large
​Missy Gipson Hancock Whitney - Purvis ​Board Member at Large
​Michael Graham ​Pearl River Valley EPA ​Board Member at Large
​Andrea Hood ​Hancock Whitney - Highway 98 ​Board Member at Large
Harold Myatt​ ​Myatt Leasing ​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
​Doleac Electric Company
​Fred Hatten

​​Jeff and Kathy Mayo
​Harold Myatt
​Benny Prestridge
​Purvis Juniorettes
​Whitfield Heating & Air
​Wynona Wiley
Gold Sponsors​ ​Aflac -- Josh Cline Agency
​Betty Rose Breazeale
​Bill Coll
​The First
​Hancock Whitney
​Lance Computer Systems d/b/a Netbase Technologies
​Pat Lee
​Owens Business Machines
​Gil & Cassandra Palmer
​Pearl River Valley Electric Power Association
​Purvis Woman's Club
​Southern Development of Mississippi
​Silver Sponsors Betty & Bill Entrekin
​Pearson Insurance Agency

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
​Zach Smith
​Carla Whitfield
​Dr. Scott Willoughby
​Sabrina Young
​Sapphire Level ​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
​Melanie Ingram
​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
​Suzanne Lott
​Phaedra McLin
​Jackie Newcomb
​Chad Prestridge
​Jason Richardson
​Karla Simmons
​Koko Swanigan
​Andy Tucker
​Claire von Gahlen
​Frances Voss
​Sandy Walley
Tommie Ware
​May Watson
​General Membership Misty Barrett
​David Bogan
​Tawana Bolton
​Lilah Budde
​Corey Chandler
​Angela Chatman
​Shelby Csaszar
​Jimmy Evans
​Lisa Fite
​Nicholas Golden
​Tawhid Haque
​Jessica Howell
​Chris Jolie
​Wilma Joshua
Cole Lilly​
Caleb Lott
​Tori Marisco
​Pamela Montgomery
​Justin Ramirez
​Derrick Robinson
​Carolyn Stuart
​Cressandra Thomas-Green
​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​


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    Purvis, Mississippi
  • Phone:  601.794.0100
    Fax:        601.794.0210
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