Family, friends,and elected officials met for a ceremony renaming the Ross Barnett Lake in Mize to the Prentiss Walker Lake in honor of the Mize native.
Photo submitted by Durward Hopkins
The renaming of the Ross Barnett Lake in Mize to the Prentiss Walker Lake became official on Sunday, September 26. Walker was the former U.S. Congressman, who prompted its development. Governor Barnett had wanted to name the lake for Walker at its inception, but Walker insisted the lake bear the governor’s name. Representatives, Andy Gipson and Bo Eaton, joined forces to see that Walker, former member of the Mississippi Game and Fish Commission, be recognized for his contributions. In April 2010, Governor Haley Barbour signed Senate Bill 2616 renaming the lake.
Durward Hopkins said, “About 100 people attended the event.” Representatives, Andy Gipson and Bo Eaton were present, along with Senator Haskins Montgomery and Walker’s family members. Tony Keyes of the First Baptist Church in Mize lead the prayer. Jan Walker, the daughter of Prentiss Walker, unveiled the sign.