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‘Trails of Wilmer Durr’ marked

‘MR. EVERYTHING’ HONORED MONDAY – Local radio personality for over 56 years Wilmer D. Durr, 89, of Hazlehurst, watches as Rep. Gregory Holloway of Hazlehurst unveils a sign bearing Durr’s name. The Mississippi legislature recently declared 16 miles of state highways in Copiah County the ‘Trails of Wilmer Durr.’ A total of six signs are placed on Hwy’s 28 and 51 from the radio station north of Hazlehurst to Durr’s home on Hwy. 28 East of town.

DURR HONORED – The community turned out on Monday morning despite the chilly weather for the unveiling of the signs marking “The Trails of Wilmer Durr.” The event included ceremonies at the Copiah County Ministerial Alliance building. A lifelong Copiah County resident, Durr broadcast a radio program for over 56 years, served in World War II, and held leadership positions in several community organizations.

The Mississippi House of Representatives recognizes the contributions of exemplary Mississippians, such as Wilmer Durr of Hazlehurst. Rep. Gregory Holloway was on hand Monday to unveil a sign marking the “Trails of Wilmer Durr.”

A lifelong resident of Copiah County, Durr was born on December 12, 1920. He has been a great promoter of gospel music, broadcasting a radio program for over 56 years on WMDC/WOEG/WDXO. He is a longstanding member of Providence Missionary Baptist Church where he has served as a deacon for over 64 years.

Durr has served his country, state, and local community his entire life, including military service in World War II, and he has held leadership roles in several community organizations including King David Lodge No. 6, Hazlehurst NAACP, American Legion Post 209, Copiah County Human Resource Agency, and has participated in many other community activities.

Rep. Holloway presented Durr with a House resolution commending him for these accomplishments and encouraging the Copiah County Board of Supervisors to maintain the markers denoting the “Trails of Wilmer Durr” beginning on Highway 28 East near Durr’s residence and ending on Highway 51 North near his radio station.

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