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Alumnus of the Year

PILLOW ACADEMY ALUMNI:  Alumnus of the Year Award

The Alumni of the Year Award recognizes graduates who have achieved professional excellence and leadership. This individual is someone who has notable distinction in and significant contributions to their community. They have achieved outstanding personal, business or professional achievement. They are committed to Pillow Academy’s mission of growing in knowledge, wisdom, and service. Candidates must have graduated before 1985.

2019 Alumnus of the Year

Alumnus of the YearThe 2019 Pillow Academy Alumnus of the Year is Dr. Perry Whites. Dr. Whites attended Pillow from 6th grade to 12th grade. As a member of the Class of 1979, he belonged to many clubs and organizations. He was selected for the Pillow Academy Hall of Fame and graduated with highest honors.While at Pillow Academy, Perry was a member of the honor society and FCA. He was an All- Conference football player and baseball’s Most Valuable Player his senior year.

After leaving Pillow, Perry played baseball at Mississippi Delta Junior College, then attended Delta State University.  He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Dentistry. In 1986, Perry and his wife, Page, moved to Greenwood and Perry began his dentistry career in Itta Bena.  Shortly after that, he opened an office in Greenwood with the late Dr. Charles Purifoy.  Today, Perry and his partner, Dr. Adam Hodges have Family Dental Associates.

Perry is very active in the Episcopal Church of Nativity where he has served on the vestry and the Endowment Board.  He currently serves as senior warden.  He is a member of the Kiwanis Club.  Perry has remained very active with Pillow Academy.  In 2017 he was inducted into the Pillow Academy Sports Hall of Fame.  He served on the PA school Board for six years and as President of the school board for two years. He is currently serving his fourth term as a member of the Pillow Academy Endowment Board.

Perry is married to Page Clemes Whites, Class of 1981.  They have two daughters. Stribling Whites Hargett and Reynolds Whites Brantley, both PA alumni.  Stribling and her husband, Ben, have two children, Henry, a first grader at Pillow and Jane Reynolds, a kindergartner at Pillow.  Reynolds and her husband, Chris, have one son George.

Congratulations Dr. Perry Whites!

Alumnus of the Year Recipients:

2019 – Dr. Perry Whites – Class of 1979
2018 – Mr. Russell Robertson-  Class of 1983
2017 – Mr. Bobby (Bejae) Windham and Mr. Tate Wood -Class of 1983
2016 – Honoring all recipients at PA’s 50 Year Celebration
2015 – Ms. Kathy Clark – Class of 1972
2014 – Mr. Richard Kimmel – Class of 1979
2013 – Dr. Rob White – Class of 1974
2012 – Dr. Eleanor Gill – Class of 1978
2011 – Dr. John F. Lucas III – Class of 1973
2010 – Mrs. Elizabeth “Olie” Ola Martin – Class of 1974
2009 – The late Dr. Maxine Harper – Class of 1974
2008 – Mr. David Abney – Class of 1973


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