Mike P. Sturdivant died peacefully at his home in Glendora, MS on May 1, 2012 at the age of 84.
Mike was born in Memphis, TN on September 10, 1927. He graduated from Clarksdale High School, Miss. State University, and attended the Harvard Business School. Following graduation and after returning to Glendora to farm, he served as 2nd Lt. In the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.
Mike was a life-long farmer and businessman. In 1956 he built his first Holiday Inn and was a founding member of Mississippi Management, Inc., a hotel management group, which continues to operate throughout the Southeast.
He was very active in his community, state, and region. Mike served as President of the International Association of Holiday Inns, member of the Millsaps College Board of Trustees, Director and VP of the Delta Council, President of the Glendora Lions Club, member of the board of directors and executive committee of Union Planters Bank now known as Regions Bank, member of the board of directors and executive committee of Staple Cotton Association, member of the MS Board of Trustees of Institutions of Higher Learning, member of the Southern Regional Education Board, President of Minter City Oil Mill now a part of Delta Oil Mill, board member of the Miss. State University Development Foundation, member of the West Tallahatchie County School Board, Vice-President of the Delta Area Council of Boy Scouts, and member of the Fiscal Management Board of the State of Mississippi under Gov. Bill Allain.
Mike was an active member of the Glendora United Methodist Church where he served as Sunday school teacher, lay leader, and Chairman of the Church board. He also served as lay delegate to the North MS Methodist Annual Conference, member of the Board of Pensions of the MS Methodist Conference, member of Methodist Healthcare Foundation of Memphis, member of the board of MS Methodist Senior Services, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Methodist Health Systems of Memphis, TN.
Mike Sturdivant was the recipient of the following awards: Distinguished Citizen Award by the Boy Scouts of America, The Living Award from the Methodist Hospital Foundation, and the first recipient of the Life Inspiration Award from Methodist Hospitals of Memphis.
Mike was an avid sportsman. He loved hunting, fishing, tennis, snow skiing, playing bridge, and golf. Mike had the rare experience of making two holes-in-one during one round of golf. Mike also enjoyed his summer visits to Asheville, NC.
Mike is survived by his wife of 62 years, Ygondine Walker Sturdivant, and his five children: Mike and Jan Sturdivant of Itta Bena, MS, Walker and Lanie Sturdivant of Greenwood, MS, Sykes and Cindy Sturdivant of Glendora, MS, Gaines and Lynn Sturdivant of Jackson, MS, and Ygondine Sturdivant Creasy of Lynchburg, VA. He is also survived by 9 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
Visitation will be held on Friday at the Lighthouse at St. Johns United Methodist Church in Greenwood from 4-6 pm, and from 11:30 am – 1 pm on Saturday. A celebration of his life will begin at 1:00 pm in the sanctuary of St. Johns. Graveside services will follow at 4pm at Oakridge Cemetery in Clarksdale, MS.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorials be sent to the Glendora United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 89, Glendora, MS 38928, Methodist Healthcare Foundation, P.O. Box 42048, Memphis, TN 38174, or MS Methodist Senior Services, P.O. Box 1567, Tupelo, MS 38802-1567.