Bobby Chain Hattiesburg, Mississippi Official Website

Bobby Lee Chain

Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Official Website

Bobby Lee Chain is a Mississippi icon, an entrepreneur, businessman, and politician, with a love for his hometown, Hattiesburg, Mississippi. His life is a story of a young boy selling newspapers at Camp Shelby, MS, who went on to become one of Mississippi’s greatest entrepreneurs and was a key figure in resolving segregation in Mississippi’s universities and colleges.

An economic depression and two wars helped Bobby develop the ambition that would lead him to create one of Mississippi’s earliest energy companies, the Chain Electric Company. Through his hard work and determination, he expanded the company into other areas and helped spark an interest in Mississippi as a place of business for many investors. Today, the Chain Electric Company operates in 12 states and is partly responsible for providing countless business opportunities for many Mississippians.

In addition, his dynamic career in business, and service to his community, state, and nation have been a key interest. As mayor of Hattiesburg, Chain worked hard to bring more economic opportunities to the city and created more awareness for its universities. Eventually, his work led to Hattiesburg becoming one of the most prominent cities in Mississippi. His dedication to education led to a twelve-year appointment to Mississippi’s Board of Trustees of Institutions of Higher Learning. During this appointment he played a pivotal role in working with U.S. Sen. James Eastland and President Nixon to resolve racial segregation in Mississippi’s universities and colleges.

This narrative is but a snapshot of the life of Bobby Lee Chain, a man who used his leadership and entrepreneurial skills to enhance his life and others around him. It is also a story of triumph through hard work and dedication that proves that the American dream is still possible for those who are willing to put forth the effort to better themselves.

The ‘rest of the story’ is in this web site, and may be accessed by clicking the specific life-parts below.
Bobby Chain of Hattiesburg, Mississippi has led a remarkable life. This official site is dedicated to sharing the history associated with one of Mississippi's most valued figures. Select the links above for more detail about this remarkable individual.
He married his wife, Betty Green Chain, in 1967.

Bobby Lee Chain has four children and eleven grandchildren.

He is an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Hattiesburg, MS.

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Bobby Chain graduated from Demonstration High School, and attended both the University of Southern Mississippi as well as Mississippi College. He received a B.S. from the University of Southern Mississippi, and later an honorary Doctorate of Business Administrations from William Carey University.

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Later, he started his own small elecrical contracting company in Hattiesburg, Mississippi with $2,200 he saved over a period of five years.

He started Chain Electric Company with just one Chevrolet pickup truck, and turned it into a massive company with over 350 trucks and other major pieces of equipment, over 450 employees and many satisfied customers!

Chain Electric Company has been going strong now for over 55 years.
He was the first to be awarded the State Governor's Medal of Service Award for contributing to significant improvements in the state. The Municipal Airport was re-designated the Bobby L. Chain Municipal Airport for his dedication and support. Hattiesburg's Chain Park was named to honor his gift of land to the City of Hattiesburg.

In 1979, a group of community leaders decided to honor Bobby Lee Chain, who was then serving as president of the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning. Bobby L. Chain Day was planned in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the community, commitment to excellence, and dedication to public service.

Observance of Bobby L. Chain Day evoked an awareness that Hattiesburg, Mississippi has the distinction of being home to many outstanding citizens whose achievements and contributions should be commended and that it would be appropriate and desirable to distinguish one such person each year. Thus, the Hub Award originated.

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Bobby Chain's work as mayor resulted in a 12-year appointment to Mississippi's Board of Trustees of Institutions of Higher Learning. He also played a pivotal role in working with U.S. Senator James Eastland and President Nixon to resolve racial segregation in Mississippi's universities and colleges.
Elliot Chaze, a former editor for the Hattiesburg American, described Bobby Chain as "the best Mayor you ever had" during Chain's tenure as mayor of Hattiesburg, MS. Chaze described the mayors he had witnessed over nearly 50 years, and throughout it all, concluded that Bobby Chain "is not a politician's politician." He described how amazing it was that Bobby Chain was able to get so many things done so swiftly. An example he used was Bobby Chain's role in the rejuvenation of the Hattiesburg, MS downtown area. "He reaches a decision, and bingo, downtown no longer looks like garbage. It's pretty."
He eventually published a book, "Bobby Lee Chain, The Life and Journals of a Mississippi Entrepreneur," which detailed his amazing journey through life.
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