The Dart: Couple moving to Starkville to cheer on Bulldogs

Published 12:01 am Monday, February 6, 2017

NATCHEZ — After living in Natchez since 1973, the Switzers are planning to move closer to their sporting mecca, Mississippi State University.

When The Dart landed on Arrowhead Drive Wednesday, Carolyn Switzer was working on beautifying the house to list it for sale. Switzer said she and her husband, Dennis, own a condo in Starkville, and they want to be able to attend all of the Bulldogs’ home games.

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“We can’t wait to get back to Starkville so we can see the Lady Dogs and the men’s basketball,” Switzer said. “I love the excitement of basketball. I’m always on the edge of my seat and biting my fingernails — I just really enjoy it.”

Switzer said she loves football equally to basketball, though one bonus for basketball is the games are not out in the Southern heat.

While her husband loves baseball, Switzer said the sport is not her thing.

“He is excited for baseball season, but not me,” she said, laughing. “I’d rather watch paint dry.”

When the Switzers married in 1966, Switzer said she adopted his team.

Switzer said the couple met in Belzoni at the dairy bar.

“I asked him to take me to Yazoo City to see my boyfriend,” she said, laughing. “Of course, he wouldn’t take me. We became friends and started dating after that.”

Switzer said she made the right choice in her husband, Dennis, who is a retired certified public accountant.

“We will be riding down the road, one of us will say something and the other will say, ‘I was just thinking that!’’ Switzer said. “It just gets better with the years.”

Switzer said when the couple moves away, she will miss Natchez.

“I will miss my friends and church,” Switzer said. “We have been going to Grace United Methodist Church. If you ever need a church, (The Rev.) Nance (Hixon) is great. You just feel good coming out of that church.”