David Michael Proffitt

Published 10:14 am Friday, February 28, 2014

Funeral services for David Michael Proffitt of Brookhaven are 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, at Faith Presbyterian Church with burial in Riverwood Memorial Park.

Visitation is Friday from 9 until 11 a.m.

Mr. Proffitt, 63, died Feb. 25, 2014, at St. Dominic’s Memorial Hospital. He was born Nov. 1, 1950, to Jeff David Proffitt and Mary Frances Paris Proffitt in Gaffney, S.C., where he lived until 1957. He grew up in Birmingham, Ala., graduated from Ensley High School in 1968 and was Mr. Ensley High School and president of his senior class. He was a four year letterman in every sport, and he was awarded the honor of Sports Illustrated All-American in baseball his senior year. Mike was a member of the M-Club Mississippi State University where he still holds records today.

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He was the “winningest pitcher in the SEC” his senior year, a two-time All SEC performer, 1971-1972; established school records in complete games, 36 in 40 starts; and set school records for shutouts in a single season, four, and in a career, 11. He also played a key role in the Bulldogs’ advancement to the 1971 NCAA College World Series, Mississippi State’s first trip to the Omaha, Neb., tournament. He was inducted into the Mississippi State Sports Hall of Fame in 1993. In 1972, he was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals, where he played in the Minor League system for three seasons.

He was the director of the Brookhaven Housing Authority since 1975. He is a past president of the Mississippi Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, where he was currently holding the office of secretary-treasurer.

Of the most importance, he was an active member and elder of Faith Presbyterian Church. As a follower of Christ, the joy of the Lord was evident all throughout his life. Mike would always light up every room he entered. He never met a stranger, he was always a kind, loving and loyal friend. He was an avid golfer, fisherman and part-time hunter. His claim to fame, however, and most cherished title was being “Pop” to his grandson, Michael, whom he adored.

Preceding him in death is his infant son, Scott Proffitt; his parents; and brother, Ed Proffitt

Survivors are his wife of 42 years, Harriet Haag Proffitt; daughters, Molly Proffitt Tremonte and husband Ben of Ocean Springs, and Sally Michele Proffitt of Brookhaven; grandson, Michael Nicholas Tremonte; mother-in-law, Jeanette Haag; nieces, Laney Proffitt Zorn, Tracie Haag and Hayley Haag Moak; and a host of wonderful friends.

To express your thoughts to the family, you may visit riverwoodfamily.com and click on his name to leave a comment.