CATEGORY: Tupelo Stories



By Marty Russell

Daily Journal

Guy Mitchell III, a Tupelo attorney who has served on the boards of numerous community organizations and businesses while also serving as the attorney for the City Council for many years, was presented the Junior Auxiliary’s Outstanding Citizen Award for 1996 at the group’s annual Charity Ball Friday night.

Mitchell was presented the honor in ceremonies hosted by Junior Auxiliary President Joy Kellum at the Tupelo Coliseum.

“Our recipient has fulfilled the prerequisite of citizenship – he has pulled his own weight,” Kellum said in announcing the winner. “As one of his supporters wrote in a letter of recommendation, ‘He has a broad shoulder to the response of others, and time is of no essence. He gives until the well is dry.'”

Mitchell, a native of Tupelo, is a senior partner in the law firm of Mitchell, McNutt, Threadgill, Smith & Sams. His father, Guy Mitchell Jr., received the Outstanding Citizen Award in 1979.

Kellum said the auxiliary chose Guy Mitchell III this year because of his service to the community both as city attorney and as a private citizen.

“His leadership in that post has been a major contribution to our city,” Kellum said of Mitchell’s work as attorney for the City Council. “In the mid-1980s, Tupelo faced the problem of a declining water table. (Mitchell) played an integral part in solving this problem. He has been innovative in solving other problems facing Tupelo.”

Mitchell now represents the city as one of two attorneys for the Northeast Mississippi Regional Water Supply District, which was created to oversee a new surface-water supply system that alleviated the declining water table problem.

Mitchell also serves on the boards of North Mississippi Medical Center, Deposit Guaranty National Bank, Journal Publishing Co., the Tupelo Symphony and United Methodist Senior Services.

In the past he has served as chairman of the board of directors of the Community Development Foundation, president of the Tupelo Kiwanis Club and president of the United Way of Greater Lee County.

“His leadership was a key factor in generating the great success of the United Way,” Kellum said.

He also has served as past president of the Lee County Bar Association, the Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association and the Law Alumni Chapter of the University of Mississippi. He is also a former chairman of the Judicial Liaison Committee and former director of the Young Lawyers Section of the Mississippi State Bar Association.

Mitchell currently serves as vice president of the Community Concert Association and is chairman of the board of directors of CREATE Foundation. He also serves on the administrative board and finance committee of First United Methodist Church, where he was a past stewardship chairman.

A graduate of Vanderbilt University and the University of Mississippi Law School, where he served as research editor of the Mississippi Law Journal, Mitchell served four years as a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy.

He and his wife, Susan, have two daughters.

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