The flag of the city of Monticello has been lowered in memory of State Rep. Sheilla Lampkin. Lampkin died Saturday night.
Monticello Mayor Zack Tucker signed a proclamation ordering the flag to be placed at half-staff. The city flag will remain at half-staff until sundown on Monday, July 25, 2016, the day of Lampkin’s funeral service.
“For decades Mrs. Shellia, either in the classroom or at the State Capitol, was a strong advocate for children and Arkansas families,” Tucker said in a news release. “Her benevolent leadership will be missed in Drew County and our region. I will be eternally grateful for her friendship and service for the community.”
Lampkin represented District 9 (Ashley and Drew counties) in the Arkansas Legislature.
A native of Desha County, Lampkin was a retired public school teacher who taught for 30 years, more than half as a special education teacher. She taught in the McGehee, Wilmar, Drew Central and Monticello school districts. She received her Master’s Degree from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.
After her retirement from the teaching profession, Lampkin volunteered in a variety of civic and community activities, including Chamber of Commerce activities, Drew Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, Lions Club, EHC programs and several local and state historic preservation organizations and projects.
She received several Arkansas Historic Preservation awards and Arkansas History Association awards for historical feature articles. She also served as chairperson of the Arkansas History Commission for two years. In 2008, she was named the Drew County-Monticello Woman of the Year for her volunteer work.
A graveside service will be held on July 25 at 1 p.m. at Oakland Cemetery in Monticello.