IMG 4099

‘Candy Caroline’: Ole Miss Kappa Kappa Gamma establishes scholarship fund in reminiscence of Vicksburg native

Revealed 11:02 am Friday, September 16, 2022

Caroline Simrall Hood was a vivacious and humorous younger girl; she beloved her household, her buddies and cheering for the St. Aloysius Flashes.

However on Jan. 11, 2022, Caroline’s life was reduce quick by a tragic automobile accident, affecting many in the neighborhood.

As household and buddies proceed to grieve this horrific loss, the sorority to which Caroline belonged on the College of Mississippi, the Delta Rho Chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma, needed to do one thing that may eternally honor their sister.

“When this occurred, we have been all simply devastated,” sorority sister Anna Mathis Larson stated. “And you’re feeling helpless and may’t do something, so we needed to do one thing to attempt to make some good come out of an terrible state of affairs. We didn’t wish to sit again; we needed to be proactive and assist.”

Due to this fact, the Kappa Kappa Gammas helped enact the Caroline McCollum Simrall Hood Memorial Scholarship Endowment.

“Caroline was at all times energetic and vigorous and when she was there, you knew it. She was at all times pleased and humorous and will make you chuckle anytime. So this can be a manner for Caroline’s effervescent spirit to reside on,” Larson stated of the scholarship endowment.

Larson stated serving to launch the scholarship, which can be awarded to a Kappa who embodies the spirit of Caroline, was additionally a manner the Delta Rho Chapter might convey their expression of affection to her household.

“Caroline’s household was so shut (with the chapter), and we needed to wrap our arms round them nonetheless we might,” Larson stated.

Brett Barefoot, who serves because the senior improvement officer at Ole Miss, stated he was approached by the Kappas with the need to create a scholarship in Hood’s reminiscence.

“Caroline was lively in KKG, they usually (KKG) needed to do one thing to honor her reminiscence they usually needed it to be everlasting,” Barefoot stated. “So, they led an initiative to ascertain a scholarship endowment in her identify,” Barefoot stated, with a present of $35,000.

To extend this preliminary present, Barefoot stated, an Ignite Marketing campaign provided by the college’s crowdfunding platform, was arrange with the aim of elevating a $55,000 endowment for Kappa scholarships.

This aim has already been exceeded.

“I believe this reveals that Caroline was particular to the Ole Miss neighborhood and particularly Kappa Kappa Gamma,” Barefoot stated. “And I hope the household will discover some peace and therapeutic realizing that there are such a lot of on the market that beloved Caroline a lot that they’re giving a present that may reside in perpetuity.”

For anybody who’s enthusiastic about contributing to the Caroline McCollum Simrall Hood Memorial Scholarship, go to

“My Candy Caroline was the tiniest little woman with a raspy voice who was adventurous and interested by all issues. She grew right into a tiny, lovely younger woman who continued to like journey and travels, beloved to chuckle and, above all else, beloved her candy pets, the kindest group of buddies and her now-brokenhearted household,” stated Caroline’s mom, Holly Hood. “She and her child sister, Kate, are my best blessings. They’re my pleasure, my love and my gentle. We’ll by no means be the identical. We miss her each day.”

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the household moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Put up and is the editor of the Vicksburg Dwelling Journal, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Affiliation. She has additionally been the recipient of a First Place award within the MPA’s Higher Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Greatest Function Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central Excessive College and Mississippi State College the place she obtained a bachelor’s diploma in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Previous to coming to work at The Put up just a little greater than 10 years in the past, she did some freelancing on the Jackson Free Press. However for many of her life, she loved being a full-time keep at residence mother.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Road United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a previous member of the Sampler Vintage Membership and City and Nation Backyard Membership. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying knowledgeable with native governmental points to listening to the tales of its folks, a hometown newspaper is important to a neighborhood. I’ve felt privileged to be a part of a devoted group at The Put up all through my tenure and hope that with theirs and with native assist, I can proceed to develop and hone in on my expertise as I assist share the tales in Vicksburg. When requested what I like most about my job, my reply is at all times ‘the folks.’

email author
Extra by Terri Cowart

Supply hyperlink