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Bishop is Honored With Paul Harris Fellow Award at Charleston Rotary

Bishop is  pictured with a host of rotary members from the Charleston Rotary Club after receiving the Paul Harris Fellow Award.
Bishop is pictured with a host of rotary members from the Charleston Rotary Club after receiving the Paul Harris Fellow Award.

Marion (Buddy) Bishop, a Charleston, Mississippi native, won the Paul Harris Fellow Service award yesterday at the Charleston Rotary Club.

Paul Harris founded the Rotary International in 1905. The club has a “Service Above Self” motto, and they do just that. The rotary club is known for advancing goodwill, service in the community and other humanitarian services in its communities. Jamie Anderson, the secretary of the Charleston Rotary Club, said the award is given to the most honorable members of the community.

“The Paul Harris Fellow Award is a high honor and privilege because he (Harris) is the founder,” Anderson said. “It’s a way to honor people in the community.”

Bishop, a friend of the Charleston Rotary Club and a native of Charleston, retired in 2005 as the congressional assistant to former Mississippi Congressman Jamie Whitten, who also retired in 2005. Both Bishop and Whitten are from Tallahatchie County, Mississippi. Bishop was Whitten’s congressional assistant for 33 years and holds the record as the longest number of years a congressional assistant.

Mr. Buddy Bishop, a native of Charleston, Mississippi, receives the Paul Harris Fellow Award.
Mr. Buddy Bishop, a native of Charleston, Mississippi, receives the Paul Harris Fellow Award.

“I was happy and pleased, but it (the award) wasn’t anything that I was seeking, but it made me feel good that your friends respected you and liked you, and they felt that was the proper thing to do,” Bishop said about winning the award.

According to records from Dr. Ed Meek, native of Charleston and Meek School of Journalism and New Media’s name sake, Bishop was “powerful and humble and brought millions of dollars to Mississippi.”

Congratulations, Mr. Buddy Bishop, and thank you for your service to Mississippi!


Emily Newton is a staff writer for HottyToddy.com and the editor of Experience Oxford magazine. She is a recent graduate of the Meek School of Journalism and New Media at Ole Miss, and a resident of Tallahatchie County. Emily can be reached at emily.newton@hottytoddy.com.

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