Fannie Lou Knight was a well-known lifelong educator and mentor. She taught her entire career in the Hattiesburg Public School District. Upon her retirement, she focused on bringing education to all through her GED classes.
Vermester Jackson Bester was an honors graduate of L.J. Rowan High School, and one of the first African Americans to integrate William Carey College in 1965. She taught math in Texas and Hattiesburg Public Schools for 40 years.
Dr. Kate Aseme is a retired local physician who is revered in the community. She was the first female African American general surgeon in the State of Mississippi and later became the Chief Medical Officer of Forrest General Hospital.