Sheilla Lampkin

State Rep. Sheilla Lampkin, 70, of Monticello, passed away Saturday, July 23, at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock.

She 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

Lampkin was a member of Second Baptist Church where she was a Sunday School teacher.

Lampkin was born on August 23, 1945 at Rohwer and was the daughter of the late James Edward Ezelle and Lucille McIntyre Ezelle.

Survivors include her husband, former Drew County Judge Damon Lampkin of Monticello; two sisters, Shirley Ezelle of Little Rock and Patricia Sanders and husband Charles of Sun City, Arizona; and her three cats, Patches, Fluffy and Autumn.

A graveside service will be held on Monday, July 25 at 1 p.m. at Oakland Cemetery in Monticello.

Memorials in Mrs. Lampkin’s honor may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.