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Columbia Missourian

James Vernon Lamb was Word War II veteran, gemologist

By Emily McNutt
December 7, 2012 | 9:27 p.m. CST
James Vernon Lamb of Columbia died Thursday, Dec. 6. He was 90.

COLUMBIA — James Vernon Lamb of Columbia, died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. He was 90.

Mr. Lamb was born Oct. 12, 1922, in Cairo, Mo.

He married Beatrice Ruth Phillippe, on Oct. 14, 1956. She died earlier. 

Mr. Lamb served in the Army in World War II as a medical corpsman and received three Bronze Stars for bravery. He was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 280c and the Herbert Williams American Legion Post 202.

For more than 30 years, Mr. Lamb and his brother, Frank, owned and operated Lamb's Jewelry. He was a certified gemologist and master watchmaker.

As a member of the Masonic Twilight Lodge #114, Mr. Lamb was the Past Master in 1976. He was also a member of the Columbia Police Auxiliary, the Scottish Rite and the Downtown Optimist Club where he was president from 1962 to 1963 and lieutenant governor in 1964. 

Mr. Lamb is survived by his sons, James Lamb and Lawrence Lamb, and his wife, Beverly; two grandchildren, David Lamb and Cassandra Lamb; and one brother-in-law, David Phillippe.

Friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday at the Memorial Funeral Home chapel, 1217 Business Loop 70 W.  Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with burial in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Masonic Twilight Lodge #114, 3 N. Masonic Drive, Columbia, MO 65202 or the VFW, 1509 Ashley St., Columbia MO 65203.

Tributes can be posted at

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