Oktoc, Mississippi

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Oktoc, Mississippi
Oktoc
The Oktoc Community Club in December, 2017
The Oktoc Community Club in December, 2017
Nickname(s): 
The Dairy Capital of the South
CountryUnited States
StateMississippi
CountyOktibbeha
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s)662

Oktoc is an unincorporated community in Oktibbeha County, Mississippi. Once known as "The Dairy Capital of the South," Oktoc is now home to several defunct dairy farms including Oak Ayr and Mactoc Farms, the largest two in the community. Oktoc has the oldest community club in the state and has not missed one single meeting since its beginning in 1927.[1][2]

Oktoc was served by East Oktibbeha High School, which was formed by the consolidation of B.L. Moor High School and Alexander High School until it was merged with Starkville High School in 2015.[3] Moor High was the Alma mater of Jerry Rice.[4] Oktoc was also the home of baseball player Fred Bell and his brother James "Cool Papa" Bell, one of the fastest baseball players of all time.[5]

History[edit]

Today little remains but a community center and dilapidated country store.

Gentry's store in 2017. For many years this was the only store in Oktoc, Mississippi

References[edit]

  1. ^ Look Around Mississippi: Oktoc Community Club
  2. ^ Oakleys share memories of growing up in Oktoc
  3. ^ "The Plan for Starkville Oktibbeha Consolidated School District." Starkville Oktibbeha Consolidated School District. January 20, 2015. Retrieved on July 3, 2017.
  4. ^ Rice's football career traced to Oktibbeha County
  5. ^ Rogers, William. "Cool Papa Bell". Mississippi Historical Society. Retrieved August 20, 2013.

Coordinates: 33°19′56″N 88°45′28″W / 33.33222°N 88.75778°W / 33.33222; -88.75778