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Henry Lackey Henry Lackey
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Life Story for Henry Lackey

Henry  Lackey
August 17, 2018
Retired Circuit Judge Henry Lackey died August 17 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in
Calhoun City. He was 83.
A funeral service will be held Sunday, Aug. 19 at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in
Calhoun City. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at the church. Pryor Funeral
Home in Calhoun City is in charge of arrangements.
He was a member of First Baptist Church in Calhoun City for more than 70 years, and served as a deacon. He taught Sunday School for about 50 years. He and his friends played in a small band that entertained at nursing homes and at other benefit programs.
Judge Lackey served for 17 years as Circuit Judge of the Third Judicial District. He
served on the judicial disciplinary Commission on Judicial Performance for six years. He was
chairman at the time he retired in December 2010.
He left his mark on the judiciary with an unwavering commitment to judicial integrity.
Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. said, “He was one of the most
outstanding jurists in the history of the state.”
Gov. Kirk Fordice appointed Judge Lackey to the Third Circuit District of Benton,
Calhoun, Chickasaw, Lafayette, Marshall, Tippah and Union counties in 1993. He was elected
four times without opposition. He continued his judicial service after he retired from the Circuit
Court bench. Six days after his last term ended, he signed up as a senior status judge. For seven
more years, he heard cases around the state by appointment of the Supreme Court, taking over for
judges who stepped aside due to conflicts. He handled 45 cases as a senior status judge.
Judge Lackey grew up in Calhoun City. He graduated from Calhoun City High School in
1952, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Mississippi
College in 1956. He paid a large portion of his tuition by working part time for Deposit Guaranty
National Bank while he was a student, and from his childhood savings. When he was in
elementary and high school, he ran his popcorn popper at his father’s Ben Franklin five and
ten-cent store in Calhoun City.
Shortly after he earned his undergraduate degree, he went home to run the family business
after his father passed away. Several years later, his National Guard unit was activated. He served
in the U.S. Army in 1961 and 1962.
He enrolled in law school immediately after he left the Army. He graduated from the
University of Mississippi School of Law in 1966. He was soon elected Calhoun County
prosecuting attorney, and served a four-year term.
He then accepted an appointment for a year as the state’s first public defender. Judge
Soggy Sweat oversaw the pilot program at the University of Mississippi School of Law. Lackey
and three senior law students represented indigent defendants in the seven counties of the Third
Circuit District. The pilot program helped lay the groundwork for the Legislature to give counties
authority to designate funds for public defenders.
He returned to private law practice in Calhoun City and served as board attorney for the
Calhoun County Board of Supervisors for eight years. He was a solo practitioner for 26 years,
representing every kind of case that came through his door.
He was a member of the Mississippi Bar for almost 52 years, having been admitted to the
practice of law on Aug. 21, 1966. He was a former president of the Calhoun County Bar
Association and the Third Circuit Bar Association. He was a fellow of the Mississippi Bar
Foundation. He was the recipient of numerous honors and awards. He was the 2008 recipient of
the Supreme Court’s Chief Justice Award, and in 2009 he was honored by Mississippi College as
Alumnus of the Year. He previously served on the Board of Trustees of Mississippi College.
He is survived by his wife of almost 60 years, retired music teacher Helen Rose James
Lackey of Calhoun City, and son Kevin Lackey of Ridgeland, director of the Administrative
Office of Courts. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Geraldine Lackey Beavers and Hilda Hill.

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