SIKESTON - Melvin Preston Lackey, 70, died at 1:20 p.m. Aug. 31, 2001, at Missouri Delta Medical Center.
Born Sept. 10, 1930, in Little Rock, Ark., son of the late Charles A. and Lela Johnson Lackey Sr., he was a farmer and member of the Blodgett Baptist Church, where he had taught the adult men's Sunday school class. A corporal with the U.S. Army during the Korean War, he was also leader of the bus ministry at Little Vine General Baptist Church for many years.
His wife, Everstine Scheland Lackey, survives of the home.
Other survivors include: two sons, James Benson of Richardson, Texas, and Russell Benson of LaCenter, Ky.; two daughters, Francis Tadlock of St. Louis and Melvona Sexton of Sikeston; four brothers, Carl Lackey of Palatka, Fla., George Lackey of Sikeston, Charles Lackey Jr. of Murphysboro, Ill., and William "Bill" Lackey of Zanesville, Ohio; two sisters, Elsie Lackey of Sikeston and Charlene "Carrie" Johnson of Benton; and 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
One brother and one sister preceded him in death.
Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. today at Nunnelee Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Lee Fansler, pastor of the Blodgett Baptist Church and the Rev. Larry Davis, pastor of Trinity Gospel Church of Sikeston, will officiate.
Burial will follow in the Dogwood Cemetery near East Prairie.