SIKESTON -- Charles H. "Pheeze" Kemper Jr., mayor of Troy, will serve as the featured speaker at the Seventh Annual Kiwanis Breakfast set for 6:30 a.m. Thursday.
Kemper was educated in the Troy Public Schools, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Central Methodist College and did graduate work at the University of Missouri-Columbia and Arizona State University. Following college, he taught fourth and sixth grades in the Troy Schools.
From 1983 to 2004, Kemper served as the executive secretary/treasurer of the Missouri-Arkansas District of Kiwanis International, a service club working primarily with the needs of young children. Locally, he has been a member of the Troy Kiwanis Club for 39 years, its president in 1968, lt. governor of Division 6 in 1970-1971 and governor of the Missouri-Arkansas District in 1978-1979.
Kemper and his wife, Mary Anne, live in his grandparent's home on one of the original plats of the City of Troy. They are parents of two grown children, Caroline Nunn Green and Timothy Watts Kemper.
The Kempers are members of Zion United Church of Christ, where Kemper has chaired the Church Council, taught Sunday school, served on various committees and fills local pulpits, leading Sunday morning worship when called upon.
Serving the public is something Kemper learned from his parents. They were both concerned for their community and passed this on to their only son. From 1974-1978 and since 1990, Kemper has served as the mayor of Troy. Although being mayor is an officially elected position, he serves the community at the state level as a board member of the Missouri Municipal League and as a aboard member and chair of the Missouri Public Risk Management Fund, an insurance pool for public in entities.
Prepared by the St. Paul's Episcopal Church Vestry will prepare the breakfast, the breakfast will begin at 6:30 a.m. at the First Christian Church with the program starting at 7 a.m. and ending by 8 a.m.