Lackey remembered as sincere, big hearted
A graveside service for Former District 1 Commissioner Edward Junior Lackey will follow his funeral service at 11 a.m. today at Eastaboga Baptist Church.

The service will be officiated by Pastor Mike Snyder.

Lackey died Thursday at his home with his wife and family members by his side.

Lackey attended Eastaboga Baptist Church and served as District 1 Talladega County Commissioner from 2004 to 2008.

He also served in the Army and Navy, retiring from the Navy in 1980 as a Chief Warrant Officer.

“It was truly an honor to have had the opportunity to work with Mr. Lackey the four years he worked on the county commission,” said District 4 Commissioner Jimmy C. Roberson.

“Looking back, I can always remember that he was a man of his word and truly committed to his district. He looked out for the interests of his citizens during his tenure.

“Even after Mr. Lackey was defeated in his re-election we had closer ties to each other. We communicated on the phone and kept in touch. I nicknamed him ‘Big Hearted Ed’ because he tried to help anyone he could. He was sincere in everything he did. He was just a perfect gentleman to work with and I had the highest respect for him.”

Talladega County Probate Judge Billy Atkinson said Lackey put the best interest of the people he served above all else while on the commission.

“He loved his country and his family, and when it came to making a decision, it was what was in the best interest of the people,” said Atkinson.

“He always voted for what he thought was best for the county. He put aside partisan politics and he did what was best and I enjoyed serving with him.”

District 3 Commissioner Kelvin Cunningham remembers Lackey as a family man that served the county well with integrity and honesty.

“I want to send my condolences to his family,” Cunningham said.

“I enjoyed serving with Mr. Lackey. He was conscientious about representing the people of District 1. He did what he thought was right for his county and his district. You knew where he stood on issues, and you could stand on his word.”

Lackey is preceded in death by his parents Mary and Bennett Lackey, brothers Fred and Leroy Lackey, a son Kenneth Lackey, and his former wife Geneva Atkison Lackey.

His is survived by his wife Virginia Phillips Lackey of Munford, son James Lackey (Shannon) of Deatsville, daughter-in-law Tawana Lackey, stepsons Todd (Rhonda) and Patrick (Shannon) Williamson , sisters Polly Lackey Phillips of Alexandria, Pearl Lackey Watts (Floyd) of Munford, Anne Lackey Stephens (John C.) of New Hope, brothers Tom Lackey (Jean) of Munford, J.C. Lackey of Pineville, WV, 12 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.

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In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Eastaboga Baptist Church building fund.

Usrey Brown Service Funeral Home will direct the service.

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