January 10, 2019 11:02:12 AM
Don Posey, a former Oktibbeha County administrator who served in the position for nearly 20 years, passed away in a Jackson hospital on Wednesday. Welch Funeral Home and the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, where he was hospitalized, confirmed Posey's passing to The Dispatch on Thursday morning.
Posey, according to multiple sources, was hospitalized during the holidays with an aortic aneurysm. He was 76.
Posey served as Oktibbeha County's administrator from 1996 until his retirement in 2013. Posey also served, until his passing, as an at-large member of the OCH Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees.
"I have always considered myself a servant to the citizens of Oktibbeha County," Posey wrote in his county administrator retirement letter. "I have loved every day of my time with the county and quite frankly don't know that I will be able to adjust to not being around all the wonderful people that I work with and some that I have grown to love dearly."
Posey is a Mississippi State University alumnus. He played basketball from 1962-65 and was a member of the 1963 team that snuck out of the state to play against the integrated basketball team from the University of Loyola-Chicago in the famous "Game of Change" in that year's NCAA tournament.
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