By Teresa McCreery
JCJC Media Relations
Ellisville neighbors and Jones County Junior College graduates will be honored today (Saturday) at 2017 Honor Alumni.
The group includes Eddie Lee Endom, a 1968 JCJC graduate, along with1967 JCJC graduate, Robert Landrum and his wife, Jennie Landrum, who transferred from Jones in 1967.
“Each of the three Honor Alumni has poured their heart and soul into working or volunteering in various ways at JCJC. Robert and Jennie dedicated their lives here as educators and volunteers. Both Eddie and Robert played football in 1966, with Robert also playing on the 1965 team and Eddie playing on the 1967 team. Jennie started her elementary education degree at Jones and met her future husband here. Eddie has contributed his time and business wisdom as a JCJC Foundation Board member and President of the JCJC Alumni Association. Eddie and the Landrum’s bleed ‘maroon and gold,’” said Charlie Garretson, vice president of advancement and executive director of the JCJC Foundation.
Endom continued his education at the University of Southern Mississippi, graduating in 1976. He began Endom Trailer in Ellisville in 1970 with two people. Currently, he employs 25 people. The entrepreneur has served his community as president of the Ellisville Rotary Club, twice-president of the Association for Educational Excellence and a board member of the Jones County Economic Development Authority. The JCJC Lifetime Alumni Association member and his wife Beth have five children and four grandchildren.
The Landrums served in the JCJC Alumni and Foundation Office for nearly a decade after they retired from their professional careers. Robert was one of the first graduates of JCJC’s Data Processing program in 1967. The Magee native continued his education at Mississippi College, earning his bachelor’s of science in business management in 1969, his MBA in business administration in 1972, and later in 1990, he earned his master’s in education in computer science. After teaching at Holmes Junior College for five years, he returned to JCJC in 1974 to teach and lead the Computer Science Technology division. Robert moved to the Career Resource Center to plan and assist in the development of the Advanced Technology Center until he retired in 2002 after 41 years at JCJC.
His wife Jennie earned her Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from USM in 1970. While her husband finished his education,Jennie Landrum taught at Hinds and Holmes County school districts, and Durant Separate School District before the couple moved back to Jones County in 1977. Jennie taught one year in Petal before joining the Jones County School district in 1981 as a remedial reading teacher and in 1995 as one of the county’s first computer discovery teachers.
Robert and Jennie Landrum are the parents of one son, Josh, who was born in 1977, and a student at Ellisville State School in 1983 until 2000, when he passed away.