Celebrity for the Day honoree Raybo Dunn with Swee Har Wilcox and Ed "Too Tall" Jones..

Special guest and celebrity golfer Ed "Too Tall" Jones and plant manager Swee Har Wilcox presented awards to the Celebrity for the Day honorees during the awards ceremony at the 7th Annual Follow Me Celebrity Golf Classic hosted by the Jackson Madison County African American Chamber of Commerce on September 26, 2017 at Bent Tree Golf Course.  The tournament raises funds for the chamber's  Follow Me Into Business® youth development and summer jobs program.

The five honorees representing the Banking and Finance Industry  were Ray Dunn of Northwestern Mutual (on left in photo), Sherita Greer Graham of BancorpSouth, Monte Jones of Commercial Bank & Trust, Bill White of First Tennessee Bank and Chad P. Wilcox of Foundation Bank.  All honorees were present except for Monte Jones who was represented by Tawnya Moore.

The CEO of Team Jones Inc. in Addison, Texas, Ed Jones earned his nickname while attending Merry High School in Jackson, TN when a teammate declared he was "too tall" to play football.  He played basketball and then football at Merry High and was a football standout at Tennessee State University.  Born in Jackson, he was the first overall pick of the Dallas Cowboys in 1974 and played defensive end with the team for 15 seasons.  He won his gold championship ring for Super Bowl XII on January 15, 1978.

The Celebrity Team featuring Ed and Victory Honda team members -- Adam Johnson, Chuck Walker ad Jud Powers were one of 18 teams playing in the golf tournament.  Other teams represented American Greetings, BancorpSouth, City of Jackson, First Bank,  Gorbet Construction, Hardeman County Warriors, Jackson Energy Authority teams 1 & 2, Jonah Affordable Housing, Lane College, Northwestern Mutual, Toyota Bodine Aluminum #1 and #2, Union University, University of Tennessee at Martin and University of Tennessee Foundation.  The tournament received media support from WNBJ-TV, WBBJ-TV, WOJG-FM, 96KIX FM and The Jackson Sun.

Hats off to our event co-chairs Ted Austin, Charley Deal and Derrick Burroughs and to event sponsors --  Jackson Energy Authority, Toyota Bodine Aluminum, Northwestern Mutual, City of Jackson, First Tennessee Bank, Lane College and University of Tennessee at Martin, BancorpSouth, and EPlus TV6 along with Victory Honda, The Jackson Sun, Jonah Affordable Housing Org., The CrimeSEEN Examiner News, and WOJG-FM Bolivar.  

Kudos to golf committee members - JMCAACC President Emeritus Clarence Boone, Katie Brantley, Ida Burton, Mary Cunnigham, Harold Nance, Chester Sharp and Executive Director Florence Howard.  Special thanks to Derrick Britt and to Grace Hallen of Team Jones Inc.  



Presenters Ed "Too Tall" Jones and Swee Har Wilcox

Celebrities for the Day

Five Finance Experts
Honorees Ray L. Dunn Jr. of Northwestern Mutual, Sherita Graham of BancorpSouth, Monte Jones of Commercial Bank and Trust,  Chad Wilson of Foundation Bank, and Bill White of First Tennessee will be honored with the JMCAACC Community Service Award on Sept. 12th.

Five Plant Managers
Honorees Ricardo Anawate, Shawn Daly, Andre Gist,

Mike Pace and Swee Har Wilcox were presented

with the JMCAACC Corporate Citizen Award.


Twelve Outstanding Women in Business

Honorees are Jeannie D. Bond, Pamela Bowers,

Angela Calhoun, Lynne Henning, Lynn B. Henning, Clara Hewitt, Beth James, Alissa Nance, Lisa Piercey, Mandy White, Swee Har Wilcox, and Mechele Williams.


Congratulations! Coach Damon Fuller and the Southside High School Hawks basketball team, State Champions and College Presidents: Dr. Samuel Oliver of Union University,  Dr Logan Hampton of Lane, Dr. Thomas Rakes of University of Tennessee at Martin, and Dr. Niles Reddick of the University of Memphis Lambuth Campus.

Celebrities for the Day


Healthcare ProfessionaLS


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Celebrities for the Day 2012


Celebrities for the Day 2011

State Rep. Johnny Shaw

State Rep. G.A. Hardaway

Shelby County Commissioner Sidney Chism

Hardeman County Mayor Willie Spencer

Former WHBQ Weatherman Leon Griffin