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Honor of instructor

Staff photo by Brant Sappington

Family and friends of the late Gayle T. Davis, along with Northeast Mississippi Community College officials and other dignitaries, gathered Tuesday for the official dedication of Gayle T. Davis Hall which will house the school's diesel mechanics and commercial truck driving programs.

The latest addition to Northeast Mississippi Community College's Booneville facilities was named Tuesday in honor of a longtime instructor who helped countless students begin rewarding careers.

The college officially unveiled Gayle T. Davis Hall Tuesday in the former Ryder Transportation facility on North Second Street.

The building will house the school's diesel mechanics technology program as well as its commercial truck driving school.

"Gayle Davis was a great friend and he was a great instructor at Northeast," said college president Ricky Ford.

Davis served as the college's diesel mechanics instructor for 34 years. He died in 2005.

Ford said Davis represented the best of Northeast with his commitment to his students and helping lead and mentor them into the future.

"It's also very important to take the time to recognize an excellent person, a mentor and a great instructor here at Northeast," said Ford.

The 10,000-square-foot building will feature state of the art equipment for the training of diesel mechanics and commercial truck drivers. The college hopes the building and its programs will provide better opportunities for both students and increase their ability to train students to meet the needs of business and industry in the region.