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James Vernon Lamb, Oct. 12, 1922 — Dec. 6, 2012

By Memorial Funeral Home
December 7, 2012 | 9:23 p.m. CST
James Vernon Lamb of Columbia died Thursday, Dec. 6. He was 90.

James Vernon Lamb, 90, of Columbia, passed away Thursday, December 6, 2012 at the Veterans Hospital.

Lamb was born in Cairo, Missouri on October 12, 1922 and graduated from Cairo High School and lived most of his life in Columbia.

He married Beatrice Ruth Phillippe on October 14, 1956. He served in the Army in WWII as a Medical Corpsman and received three Bronze Stars for bravery. 

Lamb and his brother Frank owned and operated Lamb’s Jewelry for over 30 years before retiring. He was a Certified Gemologist and Certified Master Watchmaker.

He was a former member of the Columbia Police Auxiliary, a member of the Masonic Twilight Lodge #114 where he was the Past Master in 1976. He was also a member of the Scottish Rite and the Downtown Optimist Club where he was past president from 1962-1963 and Lieutenant Governor in 1964.

Lamb was also a member of the VFW Post 280 and the Herbert Williams American Legion Post 202. He was preceded in death by his wife Beatrice, sister, Pauline Shifflett and brother Frank Lamb.  

Lamb is survived by his sons James Lamb and Lawrence Lamb (Beverly) of Columbia, two grandchildren, David Lamb and Cassandra Lamb and one brother-in-law David Phillippe.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday December 11, 2012 at Memorial Funeral Home with burial in Memorial Park Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-6 p.m. Monday at the chapel.  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Masonic Twilight Lodge #114 or the VFW. 

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