Cloteal Fitzpatrick, Founder & Director
Cloteal Fitzpatrick, sister of late country music star, O.B. McClinton, founded the O.B. McClinton Community Center Foundation April 8th, 2011. The purpose of the Foundation is to enrich the lives of the residents of the Gravel Springs Community and surrounding areas. Our ultimate goal is to build a community center that will provide year round educational, recreational, and cultural programs ranging from preschool to senior citizens. Cloteal is a retired librarian from the Memphis City Schools. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Lane College and her Masters + 45 from Memphis State University. Born in Memphis, but raised in the Gravel Springs community, she has pledged the rest of her days to developing artistic and culturally enriched educational programs for her community and surrounding areas, and facilitating the construction of a community center in the Gravel Springs/ Springfield community. She was named the 2014 Citizen of the Year. She was also a recipient of the 2014 volunteer Service Award.
Nathan E. Fitzpatrick is a founding member of the Fitzpatrick Firm, LLC. He was recently nominated as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyer’s Magazine. He is licensed to practice in Georgia, he received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee and his law degree from Georgia State University College of Law. Nathan limits his practice almost exclusively to criminal law and personal injury. Nathan is a member of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Supreme Court of Georgia, the Georgia Court of Appeals, and the United States District Court Northern District of Georgia. He has extensive knowledge of Georgia law and has a remarkable record as a trial attorney. Nathan is originally from Memphis, Tennessee and the son of David and Cloteal Fitzpatrick, founders of The O. B. McClinton Community Center Foundation.
Kimbrely Dandridge is a recent graduate at Thurgood Marshall School of Law. Kimbrely also graduated from the University of Mississippi. Throughout her time at Ole Miss, she made her mark and helped to ensure that Ole Miss continued to move forward. She was elected Freshman Homecoming Maid. She has been a member of The University Marching Band, Gospel Choir, The Black Law Students Association, The Residence Hall Association, Student Alumni Council, Mock Trail Club, Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Sorority, and various other clubs. She was the President of the Black Student Union and a Resident Assistant. Kim is also a member of Phi Mu Fraternity, the second oldest all women sorority in the country. In February 2012, Kim made history at Ole Miss and became the First African American Female Student Body President. Kim recently had the opportunity to travel to New York and Russia where she not only represented Ole Miss, but the US Government as well. She also studied Spanish in Argentina. Kimbrely served as a summer legal intern for the Mississippi Supreme Court. Kimbrely completed an internship at the White House, this past winter.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Our Mission is to enhance the quality of life in the Gravel Springs/Springfield Community by providing educational, cultural and recreational programs ranging from Early Childhood to Senior Citizens.
The O.B. McClinton Community Center Foundation was founded in April 2011 as a non-profit charitable organization. Our inspiration was Tate County’s “favorite son” and Country Music Marker Recipient, O.B. McClinton. The founder, Cloteal Fitzpatrick, began the Foundation with a four week Project Based Summer Enrichment Program, in June of 2011. This effort has expanded to after school tutoring, Saturday Arts and Crafts Workshops, and Community Outreach to Senior Citizens.
The ultimate goal of the O.B. McClinton Community Center Foundation is to build a community center that will facilitate the expansion and growth of the Foundation’s programs. Currently the Center’s activities and classes are held at the founder’s art studio. In order to effectively provide year- round Community wide programs, a much larger facility is needed and necessary.
Our cause is to develop artistic and culturally enriched educational programs that will supplement what is being offered in our schools. The Foundation is dedicated to providing the much needed educational, social and recreational programs in our community. Classes for youth will incorporate basic skills infused with the Arts and Project Based learning. Our offerings will include GED Prep, Tutoring, Social Skills, Parenting workshops and Sports.