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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​.

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
Annual Corporate Sponsorships
  • Platinum (3 representatives) $200+
  • Gold (2 representatives) $100+
  • Silver (1 representative) $50+
In-Kind Contributions Corporate/Citizen
  • Jade $50
  • Onyx $100
  • Opal $200
  • Pearl $300 and above

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 Position
Doug Boutwell Community Volunteer ​President
Pat Lee Lamar Healthcare & Rehabilitation Vice President
Missy Gipson Hancock Whitney National Bank ​Immediate Past President
Donna Boutwell Community Volunteer ​Board Member at Large
Mike Dewease FGH Public Safety Asst. Director Board Member at Large
​Karen Fletcher The First Bank ​Board Member at Large
Brittany Fortenberry Sumrall Alderwoman/Business Owner Board Member at Large
Michael Graham Pearl River Electric Power Association Board Member at Large
April Holder SMSH 2021 Employee of the Year ​Board Member at Large
Harold Myatt Community Volunteer Board Member at Large
Steve Reid Forrest Health Board Member at Large
Bill Resavy Community Volunteer Board Member at Large
Karla Smith Jessi Jayne Boutique Board Member at Large
Wynona Wiley Community Volunteer Board Member at Large
Jenna Brewer SMSH 2022 Employee of the Year Board Member at Large
Sabrina Young SMSH Director ​Ex-Officio
Andy Tucker SMSH Fiscal Services Director Ex-Officio, Treasurer
Kristen McHenry SMSH Public Relations Director Ex-Officio, Secretary
Camille Carpenter SMSH Administrative Support Specialist Recorder
Ed Felsher Community Volunteer Honorary Board
Greg Lowery ​Owens Business Machines Honorary Board
Jeff Mayo Oak Grove Heating & Air ​Honorary Board
​Benny Prestridge ​Community Volunteer ​Honorary Board
John Blanks​ ​Director Emeritus
​Sharon Rainey ​Director Emeritus



Platinum Sponsors
Bill Coll
Bill Resavy
Century First Federal Credit Union
Citizens National Bank
​Doleac Electric Company
Doug & Donna Boutwell
The First National Bank
Fred Hatten
HCM Equipment
Purvis Juniorettes
Talowah United Methodist Church
Wynona Wiley
Gold Sponsors 
Elizabeth Breazeale
Hancock Whitney
Lamar Health and Rehab
Lance Computer Systems DBA Netbase Technologies
Owens Business Machines
Pearl River Valley Electric Power Association
Purvis Woman's Club
Silver Sponsors
Mike Dewease
Babs Faulk & John Blanks
Mississippi State Board of Mental Health

Lamar Baptist Association
The Prickly Pear Shack, LLC.


South Mississippi State Hospital
823 Highway 589
Purvis, Mississippi 39475
Phone: 601-794-0100
Fax: 601-794-0210