New leadership for Thomasville Kappas

Submitted photoSteve Ivey, left, is the new Thomasville Alumni Chapter president of the local Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, and Eddie Brown Sr., right, is the former chapter president.

On June 9, Steve Ivey became the new Thomasville Alumni Chapter president of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. Ivey is a native of Coolidge and a 1984 graduate of Thomas County Central High School. 

Ivey has a bachelor of science degree in accounting from Fort Valley State University. In the spring of 1986, Ivey was an initiate of Gamma Zeta Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. 

He is the owner of C S Ivey Drywall. Additionally, he is a member of Silver Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Coolidge, where he serves on the board of directors. Ivey is past president of the Thomasville chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi and current president of the Rose City Alumni Chapter of Fort Valley State University. 

Previous to Ivey, the Thomasville Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity was under the leadership of Eddie Brown Sr., a Vietnam War veteran Bronze Star Medal recipient.

Brown is a retired former plant superintendent and production manager for MillerCoors (Miller Brewing Company) in Moultrie. He has a bachelor of science degree in electronics engineering from Fort Valley State University. Additionally, he is a graduate of the U. S. Army’s Ground Surveillance Radar School at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, and the U.S. Army Non-Commissioned Officers Academy at Fort Monmouth.

In 1969, he served with the 1st Infantry Division at Lai Khe, South Vietnam and in 1970, the 5th Infantry Division in Quang Tri. He was awarded the Bronze Star (with oak leaf cluster), Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and numerous Unit Citations.

For the past three years under Brown’s leadership, Kappa men have 500-plus volunteer hours per year mentoring youth. During the 2018-19 school year, the organization acquired 880 volunteer hours in community activities and mentoring Kappa Leaguers. The fraternity is heavily involved in working in the community.

The Thomasville chapter was chartered December 23, 1988. The fraternity’s motto is “Achievement In Every Field of Human Endeavor.” The local fraternity is made up of 20 dedicated men, all college graduates, with various backgrounds; educators, ministers, contractors, law enforcement, medical, and engineering. The knowledge from these Kappa men is passed on to the youths in the mentoring program.

Active Kappa members are: Nathaniel Abrams (Mercer University), Eddie Brown Sr. (Fort Valley State University), Coach Eugene Conner (Albany State University), Shan Daniels (University of Georgia), Rev. Curnell Henry (Morehouse College), Marvin Dawson (University of North Carolina Greensboro), Steve Ivey (Fort Valley State University), Raymond Johnson (Fort Valley State University), Coach Reginald Knight (Florida A&M University), Rev. Corey King (Thomas University), Buford Manion (Florida State University), Harry Rayford (Savannah State University) Rev. Fergus Robinson (Kaplan University), Jamie Ross (Troy State University), Devin Spencer (Valdosta State University), Samuel Stewart (Albany State University), J.T. Thompson (Albany State University), Rev. Dr. Emory Virgil (Albany State University), Nathan Wilson (Florida A & M University), and James Wynn (Fort Valley State University).

The Thomasville chapter “flagship” program is the Kappa League. The program has 60 young men ages 10–18 years of age. The fraternity stresses training young men for leadership, and becoming productive and positive citizens in the community. The fraternity has consistently awarded scholarships to deserving seniors at three local schools for the past 28 years.

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