Krewe of Ceres names 2022 escorts
Published 10:00 am Thursday, February 10, 2022
The Krewe of Ceres will celebrate its 55th annual Charity Ball on Feb. 19 at the Lincoln Civic Center.
This year’s escorts are Harrison Kyle Brownlee, John Michael Chance, James Albert Gardner, William McLain Mitchell Henderson, Jarrett Layton Lea, Fitzhugh Hulon Neal, Britton Guy Nelson, Turner Cade Owens and David Gatson Walker.
Harrison Kyle Brownlee is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Kyle Brownlee. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Butch Tarver and Mr. and Mrs. Hank Smith. Brownlee is a 2020 graduate of Brookhaven Academy where he was a member of the Cougar Football team and the Cougar Baseball team.
He is currently a sophomore at Copiah-Lincoln Community College where he is majoring in automation and control technology. He was the recipient of the Trent Killingsworth Memorial Scholarship.
Brownlee is a member of Clear Branch Baptist Church.
John Michael Chance is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Chance. He is the grandson of Mrs. Nancy Chance Ogden and the late Mr. Mike Chance and Mr. Jack Smith and the late Mrs. Pat Smith.
Chance is a 2020 Honors graduate of Brookhaven High School. He was a member of the National Honor Society and was a Mississippi Scholar. He participated in JROTC and received the Award of Merit. He attended Boys’ State and traveled to Washington D.C. with the Electric Cooperatives Youth Leadership Program. He was awarded a Leadership Scholarship to Copiah-Lincoln Community College.
Chance is a sophomore at Co-Lin majoring in history. He is involved with the Sports Information Department. He plans on furthering his education at Mississippi State University in the fall of 2022. Chance is a communing member of Faith Presbyterian Church.
James Albert Gardner is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Bradford Clint Gardner. He is the grandson of Mrs. Dorothy Watts Mills and the late Dr. Albert Carter Mills III, Mr. James Cheney Mason and the late Mrs. Shirley Mason, and Rev. and Mrs. Joe Gardner Jr.
Gardner is a 2020 graduate of Brookhaven High School. He was the class Valedictorian, STAR student, and a Mississippi Scholar. Gardner was a member of the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta, and he lettered on both the varsity tennis and cross country teams.
Gardner is a sophomore at Mississippi State University majoring in mechanical engineering, where he has maintained a 4.0 grade point average. He received the Swalm Engineering Scholarship, among others. He is a member of Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity, where he serves as co-head scholarship chair. He is a member of the Shackouls Honor College, and Sigma Alpha Lambda National Leadership and Honors Organization.
Gardner served on the court as a trainbearer in 2013. His sister Rachel was a maid in 2014, his sister Anna Louise was a maid in 2016 and queen in 2018, and his brother Mason was an escort in 2019.
Gardner is a member of Faith Presbyterian Church.
William McLain Mitchell Henderson is the son of Mr. Carlisle Henderson and Mrs. Emily Wright. He is the grandson of Dr. Anne Atkinson Henderson and Dr. Edward Henderson, and Mr. and Mrs. Marion Smith. He is the great-grandson of the late “Dr. Jack” Atkinson and Eleanor Atkinson.
Henderson is an honors graduate of Brookhaven High School. He was a member of National Honor Society and was a Mississippi Scholar. Henderson was chosen as a representative to the Mississippi Student Advisory Council, and was a founder of the BHS literary magazine, Panther Prints. Henderson played basketball for Brookhaven High, and lacrosse for Madison Ridgeland High School. He was a member of the Boys’ State program at Ole Miss, and served as a Page from Mississippi in the United States Senate in 2019. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.
Henderson is a sophomore at the University of Mississippi, on scholarship, and is a member of the Honors College and the Lott Leadership Institute. He is a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. Upon graduation from Ole Miss, Henderson plans to attend law school.
His father, Carlisle Henderson, served as an escort on the court in 1987. His aunt, Ellie Henderson and his cousin Dr. Maggie Cupit-Link, both served as queen of the court. He is a member of the Anglican Communion and attends the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer.
Jarrett Layton Lea is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jeffery Lamar Lea. He is the grandson of Mrs. Laverne Smith Lea and the late Mr. Jackie Lamar Lea and of Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Glen Mullins.
Lea is a 2020 special honors graduate of Brookhaven Academy where he maintained a 4.0 GPA. He was a member of the National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, Junior Historical Society, and was a Mississippi Scholar. He was the captain of the soccer, quiz bowl, and Old Capitol Bowl teams, and president of the Junior Historical Society. His awards include Most Likely to Succeed, Best Christian Character, and the Brookhaven Academy Hall of Fame. He was a recipient of the Jeffrey Johnston Memorial Scholarship, Russ Michael Mangold Scholarship, Alan Smith Memorial Scholarship, and STAR Student ACT Scholarship.
Lea is a sophomore at the University of Southern Mississippi majoring in accounting. He is a member of the Student Center for the Public Trust, Financial Investment Club, and of the National Society of Leadership and Success, of which he is president. He has been on the President’s List every semester.
Lea is a member of the Highway 27 Church of Christ in Monticello.
Fitzhugh Hulon Neal is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Fitzhugh Lee Neal Jr. He is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Fitzhugh Lee Neal Sr. and H. W. “Buster” Brown and the late Janice Thompson Brown.
Neal is a 2020 Honors graduate of Brookhaven High School. He was a member of the Jr. National Honor Society. He participated in the Brookhaven High School baseball program and annual Homecoming Production all four years. Neal has immersed himself in sport activities including volunteering time to First Baptist Church Upward Basketball, Dixie Youth Baseball and volunteered for the Lincoln County Republican Party as well.
Neal is a sophomore at Copiah-Lincoln Community College. He received an ACT Scholarship, an honor student, and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. He plans of furthering his education at Mississippi State University in the fall of 2022 seeking a degree in sports management.
Neal is a member of First Baptist Church.
Britton Guy Nelson is the son of Mr. And Mrs. Guy Nelson. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Nelson, Mr. Rodney Johnson, Ms. Charma Johnson, and Ms. Margie McCaffery.
Nelson is a 2020 graduate of Brookhaven Academy. He was a member of the National Honor Society and selected for the Hall of Fame. Nelson was elected Mr. Brookhaven Academy and served as the Student Body President. He participated in basketball and baseball and represented BA in the MAIS Allstar Basketball game. He was the recipient of the ACT Scholarship and Co-Lin Leadership Scholarship.
Nelson is a sophomore at Mississippi State University in Starkville. He is a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity and is pursuing a degree in business administration.
Nelson is a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church.
Turner Cade Owens is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Owens. He is the grandson of Ms. Dianne Speights Hathorn and the late Mr. William Edward Hathorn and Ms. Millie Greer Owens and the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles Roderick Owens.
Owens is a 2020 graduate of Brookhaven High School where he served as manager of the BHS baseball team and a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Owens was selected as a BHS Homecoming escort and class favorite for three out of four years. His was selected Most Popular his senior year. He received an ACT scholarship as well as the Mary Ellen Jones Memorial Scholarship to Co-Lin.
Owens is a sophomore at Copiah-Lincoln Community College majoring in business and communications. He was a member of the cheer team his freshman year and he is currently enjoying his role as the mascot. Owens plans to continue his education at Mississippi State University in the Fall of 2022.
Owens’ younger brother Trent was a trainbearer for the 2018 court. His older brother, Trace, served as an escort for the court in 2020. His father, Chuck, served as an escort for the court in 1993.
Owens is a member of Heucks Retreat Baptist Church.
Nathan Freeman Peavey is the son of Dr. Michael Peavey and Ms. Ashley Whittington. He is the grandson of Mr. Billy Peavey and his late wife, Virginia Anne Peavey and Dr. and Mrs. Frank Turnage. His late great grand father, Joe Brewer was crowned king in 2008.
Peavey is a 2020 graduate of Brookhaven High School. He was included in the A and B honor roll. He was involved in several clubs during this time including Literary Magazine Club as well as the Math Club.
Peavey is attending East Mississippi Community College majoring in psychology. He serves each summer at a hospital in Honduras that provides health care to people in need. He is a member of Faith Presbyterian Church.
David Gatson Walker is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Dustin David Walker. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. William Gatson Walker, Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Summers, Mr. and Mrs. Roger Leggett, and the late J. C. Burgess III.
Walker is a 2020 honors graduate of Brookhaven High School. At BHS, he participated in a number of school groups and activities including National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the Brookhaven High School Homecoming Production. Walker also spent much of his time on Moyer field where he was a four-year letter winner and was selected as a First Team All-District player for the Ole Brook baseball team. His senior year, he was chosen to represent the class of 2020 as a member of the Brookhaven High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Walker was voted Best All-Around by his class and was selected as the 2020 Lincoln County Young Republican of the Year.
Walker is a sophomore at Copiah-Lincoln Community College majoring in automation and control technology. While at Co-lin, Walker was chosen as a summer intern for Canfor Industries. After graduating in May, he plans to attend Mississippi State University to continue his education in industrial technology.
Walker served as a trainbearer in 2013. His father, Dustin David Walker, served as an escort in the 1988 court. His mother, Stacy Burgess Walker, served as an aide to the queen in the 1983 court as well as a maid in the 1992 court. His sister, Alice Anne Walker, served as a trainbearer in 2010 and as a maid in 2019.
Walker is a member of First Baptist Church Brookhaven, where he serves on the Broadcasting Team, volunteers with Upward Basketball and the I Love India Garage Sale.