Pride of the Pine Belt: Lynn Cartlidge

By Colleen Donovan - bio | email

HATTIESBURG, MS. (WDAM) - Our "Pride of the Pine Belt" this week features a man that has been well known in South Mississippi for decades, longtime Forrest County Supervisor Lynn Cartlidge.

Cartlidge has had his hand in countless regional developments over the years. Born and raised in Petal, where he still lives today, Cartlidge has been committed to making sure his vision for the Pine Belt is realized. He started off his career as a young entrepreneur in the 1950's.

He explained, "I built the first cable system there was in the south in Jackson in 1953, I was 21 years old and built what is now Comcast. I named it Perfect Video."

Lynn Cartlidge also worked with other business ventures and at one time had five different corporations simultaneously. Later on, he worked to incorporate the city of Petal, that happened in 1973. Two years later he ran for the Forrest County Board of Supervisors and won. He has been serving on the board since 1976.

"Well I got to really meet the people and back when I was first elected we could really do a lot for individuals, a lot of things that the law won't let us do now, fix drive ways and that kind of thing," said Cartlidge.

Cartlidge still visits with the folks he represents and served as President of the Forrest County Board of Supervisors for 24 years. That is a position Cartlidge's colleague David Hogan now holds.

Hogan said, "Lynn has dedicated his life to the citizens of Forrest County and when you look around, it shows. I mean the Universities, Forrest General Hospital, the junior colleges, the Multi-Purpose Center, the Long Leaf Trace Rails to Trails. I mean the list just goes on and on about things he has had a hand in and seeing it grow and the quality of life in Forrest County is better because of Lynn Cartlidge."

In fact the Multi-Purpose Center is named after James Lynn Cartlidge. Cartlidge has also developed the residential community, Long Leaf Acres and plans to work on similar projects following his retirement from the Forrest County Board of Supervisors later this year. Cartlidge is also looking forward to his 56th wedding anniversary this June.

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