SWAC, MVSU mourn death of ex-AD

By SWAC Media Relations
Updated: June 21, 2008

ITTA BENA, Mississippi— The Mississippi Valley State University family mourns the death of former Athletic Director and Sports Information Director Charles “Chuck” Prophet. Prophet, 67, passed around midday Friday in the Greenwood Leflore Hospital in Greenwood, Miss.

A pioneer in the field of athletics administration, Prophet, was widely known as “The Wagon Master” of the famed SWAC football press tours. In 2005 he was honored when the football field at Rice-Totten Stadium was renamed Charles “Chuck” Prophet Field and in 2006 was enshrined into the Mississippi Valley State University Athletics Hall of Fame.

“It is a tremendous loss for Mississippi Valley State and the Southwestern Athletic Conference,” said SWAC commissioner Duer Sharp. “His hard work and his dedication at MVSU and within the Conference were immeasurable. Our thoughts are with his family at this time and Chuck will always hold a special place in our Conference’s memory.”

A resident of Greenwood, Prophet served as president of the Greenwood-LeFlore Alumni Chapter. He is survived by wife Anna, daughters and sons and grandson.

Services are incomplete at this time, but further information will be released as it becomes available.

“Words cannot express how dearly Chuck will be missed,” said interim director of athletics Donald Sims. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to Anna and the rest of the family.”

“Chuck will always remain in our hearts.”