Community College to honor late Chief Martin

Decatur, Mississippi (AP) September 2010

The late Choctaw Tribal Chief Phillip Martin will be posthumously presented a Lifetime Achievement Award by East Central Community College in October.

Martin, who died Feb. 4 at 83, will be honored for his dedication to economic development, commitment to education and his leadership of the Choctaw people.

The Neshoba Democrat reports that Martin’s widow, Bonnie, and other family members are expected to attend the Oct. 2 Alumni Association luncheon where the award will be presented by ECCC President Phil A. Sutphin.

Martin, who attended ECCC in 1958-59, served eight consecutive terms as Tribal Chief, from 1979 until his defeat by current chief, Miko Beasley Denson, in 2007.

He was first elected to the Tribal Council in 1957.