Benton County


House, 69th and 71st General Assemblies; 1935-37, 1939-41, representing Benton and Decatur counties. Senate, 73rd General Assembly, 1943-45; representing counties of Benton, Decatur, Hardin, and McNairy; candidate for nomination for Senate, 74th General Assembly, but died before primary election; succeeded by widow, Mrs. Mildred (Jolly) Lashlee.

Subject was born 20 December 1900; son of Orlando Priestly and Minnie (Barnes) Lashlee. Married Mildred Louella Jolly, a native of Huntingdon, Carroll County, TN, on 28 December 1925, daughter of J. Frank and Lydia (Warbritton) Jolly; Children -- John Wyly, Jr. and Frank Priestly.

Farmer and stock dealer with home near Camden; owner of Trotter's Ferry and large land holdings in Tennessee River bottoms. County highway commissioner several years, serving as chairman number of times; chairman of county jury commission and of county rationing board; chairman of county Democrat Executive Committee and Roosevelt-Walace Club. Chairman board of stewards, Methodist Episcopal Church. Died at home four miles east of Camden 10 July 1944; buried in Camden City Cemetery, Camden, TN.

Husband of Mildred (Jolly) Lashlee; father of Frank P. Lashlee; grandson of John Paton Lashlee, sometime members Tennessee General Assembly.

Mildred Louella (Jolly) Lashlee

Senate, 74th General Assembly, 1945-47, representing Counties of Benton, Decatur, Hardeman, Hardin and McNairy; Democrat; her husband was a candidate for renomination' in Democratic primary of 4 August 1944, but had died 10 July, preceding; Mrs. Lashlee was nominated without opposition and was elected.

Subject was born 24 April 1906 at Huntingdon, Carroll County, TN daughter of J. Frank and Lydia (Warbritton) Jolly. Married in Benton County 28 December 1925 to John Wyly Lashlee; children: John Wyly, Jr. and Frank Priestly. Came to Benton County as teacher; after marriage assisted husband in operation of farm; after 1960, was employed in office of state Department Employment Security, Nashville, Davidson County, TN. Appointed 1946, campaign director of county fund raising campaign for American Cancer Society. Member Methodist Episcopal Church and of numerous women's clubs. Died at Nashville, Davidson County, TN 23 February 1966; buried in Camden City Cemetery, Camden, TN.

Wife of John Wyly Lashlee, mother of Frank P. Lashlee sometime members of General Assembly.

Biographical Directory Tennessee General Assembly 1796-1969 Preliminiary No 13 Page 11-12