(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)
The last Warren County, name-bearing member of the Nailer family died on Feb. 18, 2012, with the passing of Lucy Barrow Nailer Lee.
Lucy Barrow Nailer was born to Daniel Burnett Nailer and Georgia Kline Nailer on Jan. 31, 1917, in Warren County where she lived the remaining 95 years of her life.
She was a graduate of All Saints’ Episcopal College and Mississippi State College for Woman. She worked as a teacher at Oak Ridge School followed by employment with the WPA, librarian with the Corps of Engineers, bookkeeper at All Saints’ and teacher in the Warren County schools until retirement in 1981.
Mrs. Lee was an active member of the Vicksburg Theatre Guild since the 1940's where she met her husband, Goode S. Lee, in 1952. After marriage in 1953, she had three children: Howard Nailer, Ann Bythewood and Elizabeth Barrow Lee.
Of her many roles at Vicksburg Theater Guild her heart belonged to “Gold in the Hills,” in which she acted, directed and produced for nearly 40 years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Goode Stallworth Lee; and her son, Howard Nailer Lee.
Mrs. Lee was very proud of her heritage and ancestry in Warren County dating to the 1700s in the Barrow, Kline and Nailer families. Those families were pioneers of the state of Mississippi and some of the first families in Warren County.
From Mississippi University for Women magazine “Visions”, Summer 2007:
“Lucy Barrow Nailer Lee, who directed the sophomore class play at MUW more than 70 years ago, was recently profiled in Vicksburg Post in the article, “Lucy Barrow Nailer Lee: At nearly 90, the world is her stage.” Lee always had a love for theater, and as a child, she and other girls made their own entertainment, which included plays. In college, she majored in English and secretarial science and earned hours in drama. She worked as a teacher, a social worker, a bookkeeper and in public relations promoting schools. Lee was involved in numerous plays and had many roles in the Vicksburg Theatre Guild.”