Percell has dreams of opening own nail salon

Published 4:58 pm Monday, August 31, 2015

Oxford native Mallorie Percell, 23, was named by her father.

“My dad liked car stuff, and my mom just kind of agreed on the name Mallorie,” she said. “It’s an ignition part.” Percell said some of her fondest memories of growing up in Oxford were playing in the park and attending Christmas parades.

“That’s been a family tradition for years,” she said. “We’d always go when I was a little kid. Now I have a 5-year-old, and she’s there every Christmas too.”

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Percell attended Lafayette County schools, where her favorite subjects were science and social studies.

She also was involved in sports.

“I played softball all the way from T-ball to middle school, and then I started playing volleyball,” she said. “They have junior varsity and varsity. That was one of my favorite sports. My sister played it, and she got me into it.”

Today, when Percell isn’t mothering her daughter, Kayleigh, she’s working on finishing a GED program.

Her goal is to attend KC’s School of Hair Design and Cosmetology in Pontotoc and become a nail technician.

“Hopefully, once I get my license, I can open up my own nail salon and do designs,” she said. “A lot of them around here don’t do the designs. They mainly do manicures and pedicures.”

Percell was found Saturday near 3-Way Grocery & Deli in Oxford having a yard sale.

“Right now, we’re just trying to get rid of some stuff, having a yard sale to put money back towards going to school,” she said.

About LaReeca Rucker

LaReeca Rucker is a writer, reporter and adjunct journalism instructor at the University of Mississippi's Meek School of Journalism and New Media.

A veteran journalist with more than 20 years of experience, she spent a decade at the Gannett-owned Clarion-Ledger - Mississippi's largest daily newspaper - covering stories about crime, city government, civil rights, social justice, religion, art, culture and entertainment for the paper's print and web editions. She was also a USA Today contributor.

This year, she received a first place award from the Mississippi Press Association for “Best In-Depth Investigative Reporting.” The story written in 2014 for The Oxford Eagle chronicles the life of a young mother with two sons who have epilepsy, and details how she is patiently hoping legalized cannabis oil experimentation will lead to a cure for their disorder.

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