83 year-old Paul Ott Carruth passed away this morning due to breast cancer. Carruth was Mississippi’s goodwill ambassador, a conservationist, a Mississippi musician and songwriter, served as the honorary co-chairman for the 2008 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and is known for hosting radio and television shows.
In the 1970’s he was the media media representative for the Mississippi Game and Fish Commission where he brought awareness to the need for conservation of our wildlife and natural resources.
He then founded Listen to the Eagle radio show and The Day of the Lord Foundation, where he began appearing on statewide and nationwide television stations and promoted his love for Christ and the outdoors.
Carruth raised his family in Dixie Springs and traveled the Southeast performing about 100 shows a year. He became successful in his music career by singing songs about the outdoors.
He became diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007 and brought awareness to the fact that men can also develop breast cancer.
He is survived by his wife, Lynda, and his children, Carla Tigner, Paul Ott Jr., Bert, Russ and Jeff. Visitation for Carruth will be tomorrow, July 2nd, from 6-8 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Summit, followed by services at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at the same location.