Benton County


Senate, 75th, 76th, and 77th General Assembly 1947-53; representing Benton, Decatur, Hardeman, Hardin, and McNairy counties; Democrat.

Born 22 September 1904 at Wyly, near Camden, Benton County, TN; son of Samuel Wyly and Sophia Ann (Rushing) Lockhart. Attended public schools of Benton County; Fitzgerald and Clark Preparatory and Military Academy, Tellahoma, Coffee County, TN in 1922. Married Leila Ruth Priestly 8 June 1929 at Conway, Faulkner County, AK; daughter of John M. and Minnie Lodusca (Reeves) Priestly. Engaged widely in economic, political, and civic affairs. Automobile dealer; distributor of petroleum products, motor court owner, tractor dealer; business and residential rental property owner; farmer, with emphasis on livestock, owner and operator of a restaurant; president and later chairman board of directors of Bank of Camden; Tennessee Automotive Association; vice-president Citizens Ice and Coal Co.; Alderman, City of Camden 1937-44, 1957-59; mayor of Camden, 1944-51; member Presbyterian Church; member and officer, Lions Club; Sportsman Club. Died 14 March 1966 at Camden and buried in the Camden City Cemetery, Camden, TN.

Wyly Crawford Lockart, son-in-law of John M. Priestly, sometime member Tennessee General Assembly

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