Scout facilities honor Davis, Lovelady families

CAMP YOCONA – Current and former Boy Scouts from across Northeast Mississippi gathered Thursday to honor two Oxford families who have poured their hearts and resources into Scouting.
At Camp Yocona, Scouts and their leaders dedicated Morris “Preacher” Lovelady Activity Field and Davis Lodge, named for businessman James E. Davis, his wife, Bernice, and their three sons.

“We are delighted to recognize these two families who have given so much to their community and especially to Scouting,” said Rick Chapman, Yocona Area Council Scout Executive, whose 12-county area extends from Marshall, Lafayette and Yalobusha counties to the Alabama line.

The new Davis Lodge is a 1,200-square-foot facility that will support staff and Scout training and as well as other enrichment activities at Camp Yocona. Construction of Davis Lodge was made possible by a substantial gift by the Davis family and friends. Included in the facility will be a 60-inch Sony TV and DVD player for training and educational programs, as well as meeting rooms and laundry facilities.

Mr. Davis was a Star Scout and attended Camp Yocona the first year it was opened in 1947. Their three sons – Kendal, Lee and the late James R. Davis – were all Eagle Scouts, and Mrs. Davis served as a Den Mother for Cub Scouts.

Morris “Preacher” Lovelady has served as a member of the Yocona Area Council Board of Directors for half a century, contributing leadership and financial support. “Preacher” Lovelady was a long time employee at the University of Mississippi and used his engineering experience to design the Ole Miss Golf Course. An avid golfer, the new “Preacher” Lovelady Golf Tournament, held in Oxford, raised thousands of dollars for the Yocona Area Council.

The Morris “Preacher” Lovelady Activity Field will be a unique feature of Camp Yocona, which will be used to teach the Golf Merit Badge. The activity field will include a putting green and driving range.

“There is simply no way we can adequately thank these two families for their contributions to Scouting,” said B.J. Canup of Tremont, a facilities council member in the Yocona Area Council. “Their support and commitment will sustain Scouting for young people for generations to come.”

About Errol Castens

I'm a news reporter and columnist for the Daily Journal and the Oxford Citizen. Focusing on Oxford and Lafayette County, I've been a part of the L-O-U community since 1991.