The morning blog: Hit 'em straight, Margaret!

Posted on: October 02,2015



The morning blog…
Your Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum was like a family reunion Thursday evening during a reception to honor Margaret Ferriss White, who is retiring from full-time duties at the MHSoF.
Folks drove in from all over the state to honor Margaret, who began work for the MSHoF before there was a museum. The late Michael Rubenstein phoned Margaret to get some information about her father, the great Boo Ferriss. One thing led to another.
“You need some help down there?” said Margaret, who had recently retired from
Margaret White

Margaret White

the YMCA.
Answered Rubenstein, “As a matter of fact…”
That was on a Friday. She started work on Monday. She retired this week.
And she leaves a huge hole.
Among her many duties at the Hall, Margaret organized and scheduled the force of volunteers who enable the museum to open six days a week, 52 weeks a year. She ran the golf tournament that raises so much money for the museum. She ran the Watermelon Classic each July 4 and helped make it into one of Mississippi’s largest, most successful road races. She played a huge role in all the events (C Spire Player of the Year awards and the annual BancorpSouth Induction Weekend) that fund the museum.
True story: When members of our Board of Directors called me to ascertain my interest in the executive director’s job, I told them I would get back to them. And then I called Margaret and we went to lunch. I picked her brain, but first I asked: Do you want this job? Because if you do, you have earned it. You see, although I hadn’t worked at the museum, I had worked closely with the museum, closely enough to see how vital she was to its success.
Margaret said, no, that she would prefer to stay in the background. And she has, but those who work at the museum — or closely with the museum — know well how much she has meant.
Her daddy is famous for saying, “Work, work, work, that’s the key to success in anything you do…”
Margaret listened. She got the message. And she worked.
And she’s not quite through. Although she left the museum full-time, she promises to be available for the special events she has helped make into Mississippi staples. We may have to call her off the golf course, but we will be calling.
As for now, Margaret, thanks for your tireless service. Hit ’em straight…

5 responses to “The morning blog: Hit 'em straight, Margaret!”

  1. Joni Tyler says:

    Congratulations on a job well done!
    Enjoy your retirement ❤️

  2. Jack & Love Matthews says:

    Best wishes Margaret for a great retirement!! I know you will be busy, but take time to play and enjoy this special time. It is so fulfilling to look back at your accomplishments & realize how much fun this ride has been. Now turn the page and start a new chapter in your life!!
    Our love, Jack & Love

  3. Martha Jane Jones Greer says:

    Congratulations !!! Job well done. I’m so proud of you and for you. Enjoy your retirement. Best wishes God bless.

  4. Pat Foster says:

    Congrats Sister-in-Law on your retirement! I hope you enjoy every minute of it knowing it is your reward for a job well done! I can only imagine how much time you will be spending on the links! Have fun! You deserve it! Love Pat

  5. Vicki Fioranelli says:

    We, at Delta State University, counted on Margaret from another perspective. She served as president of the Jackson alumni chapter and when she wasn’t president, she often served on the planning committer for the annual jackson meeting. That meeting was often held at the museum. Her leadership and love for delta state was evident. Her devotion to her parents was in wavering. And her strait shooting manner gave her the ability to cut to the heart of a matter. Happy retirement, Margaret

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