Stribling services Tuesday

Published 5:00 am Monday, July 9, 2001

Funeral services are 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, at First BaptistChurch for Dr. James Harvey Stribling Jr., a long-time Brookhavendental surgeon and community leader.

Dr. Stribling, 72, died Saturday, July 7, 2001, at hisresidence.

Visitation is Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the church.

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Dr. Stribling came to Brookhaven in 1957 and began his dentalpractice shortly thereafter.

He was an honor graduate of Carr Central High School inVicksburg where he was president of his senior class. He graduatedwith distinction from Mississippi College in 1951 with a doublemajor in zoology and botany. Dr. Stribling was also a successfulathlete, earning honors in track in both high school andcollege..

Dr. Stribling earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree fromBaltimore College of Dental Surgery, Dental School, at theUniversity of Maryland in 1955. He was also class president for twoyears.

He also served two years active duty in the United States NavyDental Corps as a lieutenant assigned to the U.S. Marine Base inBeaufort, S. C. He was then assigned to the U.S.S. Cadmus inNorfolk, Va.

Dr. Stribling spent more than a quarter-century at the helm ofthe Copiah-Lincoln Board of Trustees and recently looked back onhis service in an interview with The DAILY LEADER.

“We’ve had a good time of it,” said Dr. Stribling, who served onthe Co-Lin board for almost 34 years and was chairman for the past27 years. He was appointed to the board in November 1967 and waselected chairman in July 1974.

“It’s been a lot of fun. It’s been a lot of work, too,” Dr.Stribling said.

Co-Lin President Dr. Howell Garner praised Dr. Stribling’sleadership of school.

“He has been an inspiration and a consensus builder among theboard members and has provided support to the college andadministration throughout those years,” Garner said. “He will begreatly missed as board chairman and as a board member.”

One of Co-Lin’s buildings now bears Dr. Stribling’s name. TheJames H. Stribling Associate Degree Nursing Building was dedicatedin 1994 and houses the school’s ADN program, related labs, andclassrooms for other academic instruction.

Dr. Stribling also looked back on his dental career in theinterview.

“It’s been a pleasure,” he said. “We have a group of dentists inBrookhaven who are very much interested in doing the best theypossibly can do for their patients.”

Dr. Stribling was a past president of the Sixth Dental Districtand a past chairman of the Mississippi State Board of DentalExaminers.

He was also active in civic affairs in Brookhaven, having servedas commissioner of Little League Baseball and chairman of theAmerican Heart Association. Dr. Stribling was presented theDistinguished Service Award from the Junior Chamber of Commerce andwas a recipient of the HOPE Award, which is presented by theMississippi Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

He served on the Board of Directors of The Brookhaven Bank andTrust Company, now Trustmark Bank, for 27 years.

Dr. Stribling was a member, deacon and Sunday School teacher atFirst Baptist Church for 40 years. He also served as a Baptist layspeaker.

An avid sportsman and big game hunter, Dr. Stribling was along-time member of the Safari Club International.

Dr. Stribling was born on Dec. 21, 1928, in Arcadia, Fla., toJames Harvey Sr. and Helen Hansford Stribling. He is preceded indeath by his father.

Other than his mother, Dr. Stribling is survived by his wife of46 years, Carlene Stribling, a son, Jim, and a daughter, SandeeStribling McPherson.

Other survivors are a brother, Bill, four grandchildren,Allison, Hunter, Cole and Madeline McPherson; his son-in-law, Dr.Scott McPherson, and daughter-in-law, Jean Stribling.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made toHospice Ministries, 397 Brookhaven Street, Brookhaven, MS 39602, orthe American Cancer Society.

Brookhaven Funeral Home is handling arrangements.