Terrell scholarship endowed at Co-Lin

Published 9:30 pm Tuesday, February 25, 2020

The James Gabriel “Gabe” Terrell Scholarship was recently endowed with the Copiah-Lincoln Community College Foundation. Mary Jane James, of McCall Creek, created this scholarship in memory of Terrell, also of McCall Creek, to benefit students graduating from a high school in Lincoln County.

Terrell graduated from West Lincoln in 1962 where he excelled in basketball and baseball. He attended Copiah-Lincoln from 1962-1964 and played both basketball and baseball for the Wolf Pack. Following Co-Lin, Terrell graduated from Henderson State in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, in 1967 where he played basketball and baseball. While at Henderson State, Terrell was named an All-American first baseman.

Returning to Lincoln County in 1967, Terrell married Linda Kay Anding and had two children, Chris and Allison.

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Terrell began his 25-year teaching and coaching career at Bogue Chitto (13 years), followed by Enterprise (4 years), and finally Brookhaven High School (8 years). At Bogue Chitto, Terrell took teams to the state basketball tournament 11 of 13 years and was selected to coach the Mississippi Boys All-Star Team in 1977, winning 95-61. During his tenure at Enterprise, he led the girl’s basketball team to its first state tournament appearance. In 1989, Terrell was selected to coach the Mississippi Girls All-Star Team, winning 76-69.  In his final year of coaching, the Brookhaven girl’s basketball team finished runner-up in the state tournament.

“In his lifetime he impacted the lives of numerous students and athletes. He was the best person I have ever known, always trying to help anyone who needed him. He loved unconditionally and he saw the good in everyone,” said James. “It seems only fitting to establish this scholarship in Gabe’s memory to continue his legacy of helping others.”

“We are so pleased to offer this new scholarship for students from Lincoln County in memory of Coach Terrell,” said Angela Furr, foundation executive director. “His long-standing dedication to students will carry on for years to come.”

Contributions to the James Gabriel “Gabe” Terrell Scholarship, or any other scholarship, can be mailed to the Co-Lin Foundation at P.O. Box 649, Wesson, MS 39191, or given online at www.colin.edu/alumni-foundation/give-now.