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Killough Receives 2016 Award Created in Football Player’s Memory
Dr. Murrell Godfrey (left), director of forensic chemistry, talks Embry scholar Lane Killough through the beginning stages of running a polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Forensic chemists use the PCR process to duplicate DNA until the sample size is large enough to analyze. The University of Mississippi has one of only five accredited forensic chemistry programs in the nation.

It has been 18 years since Bill and Gwen Embry of Coffeeville, Mississippi, lost their son Joey to a tragic drowning accident in 1998. Joey, an Ole Miss student and an offensive tackle for the Rebel football team, was a well-respected leader on and off the field.

The same year Joey Embry died, Lane Killough was born.

Killough, an honor graduate of Bruce (Mississippi) High School, is this year’s recipient of the Joey Embry Memorial Scholarship, a fund established by the Embrys as a way to remember their son and give back to a resident of Calhoun or Yalobusha counties.

“We have known, or known a family member of, each student who has received the scholarship,” Gwen Embry said. “Knowing their names makes it much more personal. Joey’s loss is helping people who knew him.”

In high school, Killough served as president of the Beta Club and the Youth Arts Council. He also was involved with the yearbook and newspaper staffs and was active in the drama club. Additionally, he served as head of the school’s library organization.

“Bill and I are very pleased for the Joey Embry Memorial Scholarship to be awarded to such a deserving student going to the University of Mississippi,” Embry said.

Killough said he appreciates the gift and understands the significance behind it.

“I have always wanted to have this college experience,” he said. “Through the assistance of the scholarship, I can more easily accomplish my goals.”

Killough, who chose to attend Ole Miss after visiting the Oxford campus, plans to major in forensic chemistry, one of only five accredited forensic chemistry programs in the nation. He hopes to use his education to help solve federal crimes.

“I immediately fell in love with the campus and the people,” Killough said. “Everything about the environment and community drew me in.”

Students interested in applying for the scholarship should speak with their high school guidance counselor.

Individuals and organizations can contribute to the Joey Embry Memorial Scholarship Fund through the University of Mississippi Foundation, 406 University Ave., Oxford, Miss.; phone 800-340-9542; or online at

By Hannah Pickett


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