PRCC to honor Dub Herring at Hall of Fame
Dylan Dunaway - PRCC Sports Information Director
POPLARVILLE, Miss. — Pearl River Community College will honor one of its greatest champions July 29 when it presents Dub Herring with the inaugural Spirit of a Wildcat Award at the Hall of Fame ceremony at Hollywood Casino & Resort Gulf Coast in Bay St. Louis.
Herring is a long-time supporter of PRCC and has been a constant of The River's community for decades.
"Mr. Herring has been a pillar in our community for as long as I can remember. He's a man of immense integrity and embodies everything we want in our student-athletes to emulate," PRCC President Dr. Adam Breerwood said. "He's a man who has done so much for Pearl River Community College and PRCC athletics and has provided so many opportunities for generations to attend Pearl River.
"It's a true honor to be able to recognize Mr. Herring as the very first recipient of the Spirit of a Wildcat Award."
Herring's generosity has especially been felt through the PRCC Alumni Association and Development Foundation by way of a generous endowment that has positively affected the lives of countless Wildcats. Herring has also been an avid supporter of The River's athletics programs. In 2019, the Wildcats named their baseball field Dub Herring Park and held a dedication ceremony at "The Dub" in Herring's honor. During the ceremony, Herring was surrounded by his family. His grandson, Andy Harper, who played and coached for the Wildcats, threw out the ceremonial first pitch that night.
"When you think of Pearl River Community Colleges athletics, a few things come to mind; Championships and excellence. Dub Herring and his generous family have allowed Pearl River Community College athletics to be elite with his servant leadership," PRCC Athletics Director Scotty Fletcher said. "Paw Paw is a first-class citizen, businessman, husband, father, grandfather. He has touched many lives as it relates to Wildcat athletics. The heartfelt stories resonate deeply in our community and especially on our campus.
"This is another great honor for Paw Paw and his name to be etched in our rich sports history as his heart truly reflects the spirit of the river."
The award will be presented to an individual or entity who personifies all it means to be a Wildcat and has gone above and beyond to support athletics at The River. The award is meant to be the highest honor bestowed upon a non-athlete, coach or employee at the Hall of Fame ceremony.
ABOUT DUB HERRING
Affectionately known throughout the state as "Mr. Dub" or "Paw-Paw", the Grenada native had a modest beginning in the business world as a shoe shiner and newspaper boy at only 9 years old. By 17, Herring was a corpsman in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict before returning home and attending Holmes Community College on a football scholarship. Following school, Herring was a postal clerk and mail carrier before moving into the car industry as a salesman and then general manager.
In 1978, Herring opened Dub Herring Ford-Lincoln-Mercury and later Dub Herring Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep in Picayune. His slogan — "That's a good car, Paw-Paw!" — quickly caught on and resonated with anyone within earshot of the jingle.
In 1992, Herring got into the RV business, creating Paw Paw's Camper City.
In 1999, PRCC honored Herring with the Distinguished Service Award. Holmes C.C. followed suit the next year.
Additionally, Herring has been honored with numerous awards, including the Picayune Citizen of the Year in 1993, the Time Magazine/Goodyear Mississippi Dealer of the Year in '99 and the Good Scout Award in 2017. He also served as Mississippi's coordinator for the Lay Renewal Ministry and Co-Founder and Director of Day Star Ministries, a facility specializing in the care and education of abused women; and was the founder of Jacob's Well Women Ministry, which is a rehab center for women battling addictions to drugs and alcohol.
Throughout the years, Herring has been a popular guest speaker at Pearl River, imparting his wisdom on the next generation of Wildcats.
In 2011, Herring honored PRCC when he served as the college's commencement speaker. Although he was not a graduate of PRCC, The River presented Herring with an honorary degree.
In 2013, Herring spoke to a room full of business students. He provided the capacity crowd with his keys to success:
Treat people right
Step through the door when opportunity knocks
Believe in yourself
Not only has Herring been connected to PRCC professionally, but also personally. Seven of Herring's grandchildren and great-grandchildren have attended PRCC. His wife, Donna, worked at PRCC for 19 years prior to retiring as Director of the Development Foundation. Together, Donna and Dub Herring are blessed with 12 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren.
JOIN THE FUN
The fun will start at 9 a.m. July 29 with a four-person scramble golf tournament, hosted at The Bridges Golf Club in Bay St. Louis. Each golf team is $600. Teams are limited and interested golfers are encouraged to register by visiting PRCCAthletics.com/tickets.
The ceremony is that evening, with a social hour at 5:30 p.m. and the banquet set for a 7 p.m. start. Tickets are $100. Children 5 and under are free. Tickets can also be purchased at PRCCAthletics.com/tickets.
Sponsorship packages are available for both the banquet and golf tournament.
The banquet has two tiers of sponsorships, the $2,500 Maroon Sponsorship and the $5,000 Gold Sponsorship.
The Maroon Sponsorship includes 10 banquet tickets, 20 beverage tickets, two rooms Friday night at Hollywood Casino and advertising at the banquet; the Gold Sponsorship features one four-person golf team, four rooms Friday night at Hollywood Casino, 10 banquet tickets, 20 beverage tickets and advertising at the banquet.
There are several sponsorship opportunities for the golf tournament as well. PRCC is offering $100 hole sponsorships (which include a 24x18 sign next to the tee box), $300 longest drive or closest to the pin sponsorships, $500 awards ceremony sponsorship and $500 beverage sponsorship. Paw-Paw's Campers & Cars is once again sponsoring the hole-in-one competition.
PRCC is also accepting items for the silent auction and food for the golf tournament.
To secure your sponsorship package or donate to the event, contact Mary Alice Chandler at email@example.com or 601-403-1193.
HOW TO NOMINATE
Know a former Wildcat who you believe should be considered in the future? Nominate by visiting https://prccathletics.com/hof/Hall_of_Fame_nomination_form
or visiting PRCCAthletics.com/HOF and clicking the nomination form link at the top of the page.