Where We’ve Been

Where We've Been

We are a company rich in heritage that has been in the real estate business in Jackson, Mississippi for over 65 years. Our company was started by J.W. “Bill” Underwood and has had many different focuses over the years due to his visionary leadership and unwavering ability to succeed.

Bill grew up on a farm in Sebastopol, MS. He attended Draughns Business School in Memphis and in 1939, after less than a year, he was offered a job at Capitol National Bank (now Trustmark National Bank). Bill spent two years working for the bank before joining the Navy during World War II. During that time, he married his wife Martha on May 16, 1943. In 1945, Bill was discharged from the Navy and returned to his former position at Capitol National Bank.

In 1946, Bill entered the real estate business and organized his own company in 1948. J.W. Underwood & Companies which grew to consist of all phases of real estate, including land acquisition and development, single-family and multi-family home construction, new home sales and re-sales, a wholesale lumber yard, a utility business, an insurance company, a savings and loan company, and commercial development. Over the years, the companies grew to over 300 employees. Bill is most notably known for developing Crossgates, a large residential development in Brandon, MS. He bought the land in 1966 and the last lot was sold in 2002. As of today, there are approximately 3000 families – over 10,000 people – in Crossgates, as well as a fully developed commercial corridor. At 1,700 acres, this was the first planned-unit development of its kind and one of the largest in the state. Crossgates set Bill Underwood apart from the pack as a true innovator. Due to his great impact with this community, The City of Brandon honored him on November 3, 2015 with the creation of J. W. “Bill” Underwood Day.

Bill passed away on August 21, 2015 at the age of 94, having shaped where and how people today live and work in Mississippi. He will always be remembered by those who knew him as a one of the great visionaries of his time.

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