Al Brock and Nettie Seard are the 2021 Delta Hot Tamale Festival king and queen.
Netty Ransome Seard’s Bio
Netty Ransome Seard was born right here in the city of Greenville, Mississippi along with her four sisters and one brother to Ralph and Martha Ransome. Netty graduated from O’Bannon High School in 1994 and went on to pursue a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Speech Communications, Masters of Criminal Justice, and Masters of Social Work all from Mississippi Valley State University. Netty spent fourteen years at the Mississippi Department of Employment Security where she helped thousands to secure employment and attend college through the Workforce Investment Act Program. In 2015 Netty became a Court Administrator in the Fourth Circuit District of Mississippi.
Netty is no stranger to this community. She believes in Greenville! She has worked tirelessly throughout her adult life being involved in many projects that help women, men and children have a better quality of life.
Netty’s community service and affiliations include:
•President of the Greenville (MS) Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. 2016-2020
•Past President Board of Directors Greenville Arts Council (also served as secretary and treasurer)
•Ambassador Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce
•Past Sub-Chapter President for the International Association for Workforce Professionals
•Past Chairperson United Way Housing Initiative Committee
•Past Member of MS Alliance for State Employees-CWA Local 3570
•Member of St. Matthew AME Church, Past YPD Director and Women’s Missionary Society
•Past President of the Parent-Teacher Association for Trigg Elementary School (2012-2014)
•Trigg Elementary School Parent of the Year 2012-13
•Second Congressional District Parent of the Year 2012-13
•Past Member of the Board of Directors for the Delta Children’s Museum
•Past Member of the Board of Directors for the Greenville/Washington Co. Historic Preservation Commission
•36th Mississippi Delta Blues and Heritage Festival-Volunteer of the Year Award 2013
•Greenville Girls Rock Community M.A.G.I.C. (Making A Great Impact in the Community) Award
Netty says when she is serving others or volunteering, she is never thinking if someone is watching or what others are thinking of her. She only focuses on the recipient of the service and hopefully the positive impact her help will make in that person’s life.
She thanks God for giving her the strength and tenacity to unselfishly serve others and become a change agent in the community. She also thanks her husband, Mr. Mark K. Seard for being so understanding, caring, and supportive of her ideas and aspirations. And last but certainly not least she thanks her sweetheart, Madison Marie for sharing her mommy’s time with others, so that Greenville may become a better place for her to live and grow. Her only hope is that she is watching and taking notes from Mommy!
Netty’s favorite quote is from Colin Powell, “A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work!” Her daily prayer is that she can continue this path and leave a positive mark for years to come!
Al Brock Bio
I moved to Greenville Mississippi and the Delta in 1981 - grew up in Newton Mississippi on a Dairy farm - graduated from Mississippi State University in the College of Agriculture with a degree in Agricultural Economics and from the College of Business with a Marketing degree I have worked in Commercial Banking and Agricultural finance off and on for many years and for the last 23 years have owned a real estate and construction company
I have been fortunate to have served in a number of leadership roles in my community and the state of Mississippi I have a strong desire to impact and improve the quality of life of the citizens in the Mississippi Delta. The struggle and efforts to improve the economic conditions of the Mississippi Delta is what threads and creates the unique bond that the people in this region share. We must build on those bonds and continue to be creative and seek ways to help ourselves through the creation of jobs from the many resources that this region has to offer. Forging Partnerships With each other and through our development organizations and through the communities of the Delta will be the only way we will be able to improve Our economic conditions . We must continue our efforts to work together as a region to improve the economic conditions and quality of-life for all our citizens. The regional concept for Economic Development will be the only successful model from now on.
Some of the successful endeavors that I have been involved in over the last few years have been the Reorganization of our economic development programs in the
Greenville/Washington County area as well as making strides in the revitalization of Downtown Greenville. I have also been fortunate to have been involved in the construction and development of new homes Both in the higher price range homes as well as Providing improved housing Opportunities in some of the blighted areas of our community. Our Development Organizations and City and County are Working together and are making great strides in Many aspects of Economy and Quality of life. We must Remain diligent in these efforts and I try to encourage everyone to participate and to be a part of the solutions. I believe we are seeing a resurgence of enthusiasm and Hope that we can improve our Delta region for all our citizens.
My wife Mitzi and I have two sons William 26 currently in New Orleans Baptist theological seminary and the Air Force Reserve and Coleman 22 recent graduate of Mississippi State University - I play golf when i can and enjoy volunteering in all aspects of community development.