Phillip Jackson is a retired Lauderdale County Superintendent of Education. An educator for 40 years, he started at Ripley High School in 1969 teaching bookkeeping and accounting. He spent 32 years of his career in school administration. A graduate of Halls High School, he has a bachelor’s degree in education from Lambuth University and a master’s degree in education (administration and supervision) from the University of Memphis. He and his wife, Jean, a retired school teacher, have one child and two grandchildren. Jackson, who was born and raised in Gates, is a preacher at Griffin’s Chapel United Methodist Church near Bradford.
Eunice Jenkins is a retired rural mail carrier who served the community for 27 years. In January 2015, he replaced Kevin Connell on the Ripley Power and Light Board of Directors. Raised in Ripley and graduating from Ripley High School, Jenkins returned to Ripley after serving several years in the National Guard. His wife, Debby, works for the election commission, and they are both actively involved in community events at their church, Emmanuel Episcopal Church.
Kenny Parham is the co-owner of Lauderdale Lumber and Hardware and C & C Equipment, both in Henning. He is a graduate of Ripley High School and State Technical Institute at Memphis. His community activities include being a member of the Lauderdale County Chamber of Commerce Board, the Exchange Club and the Tina Turner Child Abuse Center Board.
Minnie Stowe is a deputy clerk for Lauderdale County courts. She is married with four children and two grandchildren. A 1989 graduate of Ripley High School, she has lived in the area her whole life. Stowe is the Women’s Ministry director at her church, Whitefield Assembly of God. She also is a Zumba instructor at the Ripley Family Fitness Center.
Austin Thompson is an alderman for the City of Ripley and an active member of the community. He is also the owner and director of Thompson’s Mortuary in Ripley.