Ruth Leech Lockhart, age 87, died June 18, 2010 at St. Catherine’s Village in Madison, Mississippi. She was born on May 2, 1923 in Smithville, Mississippi where she grew up and attended school. She attended Mississippi State College for Women and received her Bachelor’s degree in Home Economics in 1947. She taught at Hatley and Smithville schools until 1955 when she married Clifford Odell Lockhart. Shortly thereafter, the family moved to Jackson and later Pearl. She resumed her teaching career in 1958 and taught at Brandon and Pearl public schools. In 1963, the family moved to Mendenhall, Mississippi. She taught briefly at Magee and then joined the faculty at Mendenhall public schools, where she worked until her retirement in 1985. She became a member of Mendenhall Methodist Church m 1963 and remained so the rest of her life. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents K. D. Leech and Connie Harmon Leech, her brothers Ralph, Hershel, and K. D. (Penny) Leech, Jr., and her sister-in-law Villa. She is survived by sons Ted and Terry, sister Doris, sisters-in-law Eloise and Patty, and daughters-in-law Deborah Frank Lockhart and Kina Lockhart. She will be remembered by hundreds of former students, many of whom she kept in contact with after her retirement.
Funeral arrangements are being made by Tutor Funeral Home, located at 3035 Simpson Highway 13 in Mendenhall. There will be visitation at Tutor on Saturday, June 19 at 4-5 PM for family members and at 5-8 PM for friends of the family. Funeral services will be held at Tutor Funeral Home Chapel at 2:30 PM on Sunday, June 20. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mendenhall United Methodist Church restoration project, P. O. Box 85, Mendenhall, MS 39114.