Lawrence W. Rabb
MERIDIAN -- Lawrence Wynn Rabb, 87, a retired attorney, died March 30, 2008.
A memorial service was held April 3 at
Mr. Rabb was an active member of the
Mr. Rabb grew up in
After the war, he graduated from the
He served as chairman of the Mississippi Board of Bar admissions and president of the Lauderdale County Bar Association.
Throughout his life, Mr. Rabb was involved in civic matters at the state and local level, including a 1970s effort to change
He was a member of the 1986 Mississippi Constitution Revision Commission, and was involved in the Committee of Conscience in the 1960s, a move to help rebuild several African-American churches that had been burned. Also in the 1960s, Mr. Rabb was one of the lead attorneys in a landmark federal lawsuit that forced
It was considered a classic case of fulfilling the "one-man, one-vote" doctrine established a few years earlier by the U.S. Supreme Court.
He also was a long-time member of the Democratic Party and was involved at local, state and national levels.
Mr. Rabb was a member of the
Mr. Rabb was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence Wynn Rabb Sr., and Willie Bradford McCaleb Rabb.
Survivors include: his wife, Clo Ann Shull Rabb of
Colo., and William Rabb of Pensacola; daughter, Lauren Wells, of Clarksville, Tenn.; sister, Bettye VanderVeen, of Lynchburg, Va.; and six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
The family requests that memorial gifts be made to