Sherilyn Jones of Inverness has been named the Good Middling Community Service Award Recipient for 2021 and will be recognized at the 86th Annual Meeting of Delta Council.
Coined after the term “good middling”, the highest grade in quality cotton production, the Good Middling Community Service Award recognizes individuals who have sustained significant efforts to promote community and economic vitality in the Mississippi Delta.
“Sherilyn Jones has always been very involved in the life of her local community and the greater Delta area. Sherilyn has willingly shared her talents and her time, and we are all fortunate and appreciative of her efforts,” said Delta Council Arrangements Chairwoman Irene Long of Indianola.
Sherilyn earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Psychology from Auburn University, a Master of Education in Guidance and Counseling from Mississippi State University and a master’s degree in Sociology from Delta State University. She has continued educational course work from a variety of universities as well.
She is a longstanding leader with the American Association of University Women (AAUW). During her tenure with AAUW, she served on the College/University National Committee of which she was also the Chair. She was a member of the Legal Advocacy Fund Board, served as Southeastern Regional Director, as well as the AAUW Mississippi State President. Sherilyn also started the first community college branch of AAUW in the Nation at Mississippi Delta Community College.
In addition to this work, she has moderated several political forums from local mayoral elections to U.S. Representative, Mississippi Governor and U.S. Senator elections.
In the community, Sherilyn has served as the first President of Mississippi Women for Agriculture since 2010 and is treasurer for the Sunflower County Humane Society Board. She is on multiple community boards of directors including the Indianola Literacy Board, Indianola Excel by Five, Indianola Open Air Market, Mississippi Tennis Association, MS Delta Community College Center for Career & Workforce Development Advisory Board, MS Council for the Humanities and the Coalition for Mississippi’s Children. She is also a member of the Delta Rockers dance team.
Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Sherilyn now resides in Inverness with her husband of 44 years, Austin Jones. They have one son, Andy, and daughter-in-law Christy and two grandchildren. They are members of First United Methodist Church in Indianola where she serves as a youth teacher, office assistant and assists with Bible studies.
In her spare time, Sherilyn enjoys playing tennis, traveling, Bible study, tending to dogs and horses, and watching Mississippi State University sports and the New Orleans Saints.
The 86th Annual Meeting of Delta Council will be held in-person on Friday, June 4, 2021, at Delta State University’s Bologna Performing Arts Center (BPAC) in Cleveland, Mississippi. Keynoting the business session of the meeting will be U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith.
Sponsors for the meeting are BankPlus, Catfish Farmers of Mississippi, Cotton, Inc., Delta State University, Mississippi Corn Promotion Board, Mississippi Land Bank, Mississippi Rice Promotion Board, Mississippi Soybean Promotion Board, Simplot, and Southern Ag Credit.