John Hampton Stennis, born March 2, 1935, graduated from Princeton University (A.B., 1957) and the University of Virginia School of Law (J.D., 1960). He was Decisions Editor of the Virginia Law Review. Stennis was a partner with the Mississippi firm of Watkins Ludlam Winter & Stennis, P. A., since 1960 and focused his law practice in legislative relations, public finance, environmental matters and governmental law.
He was preceded in death by his wife Martha Allred Stennis. Survivors include a son Hampton Stennis of Washington, D.C., and a daughter Laurin Stennis of Jackson; and sister, Margaret Womble of DeKalb, MS..
While a member of the Mississippi House of Representatives from 1969 to
1984, Stennis was Chair of the Banking Committee, Chair of the Judiciary
Committee and a member of the Ways and Means and Water Resources Committees. Stennis was an active director of the Commercial Bank, served as a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers and a fellow of the Mississippi Bar Foundation. He also served as a Trustee of Rhodes College, as a director of the Mississippi Water Resources Association, the Mississippi Humanities Council, the Mississippi Research and Development Council, the Mississippi Judicial Council, the Jackson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, the Mississippi Heart Association and the State Capital Law Firm Group, Inc. and as an advisory member to the Mississippi Legislature's Environmental Protection Council.
Stennis served in the Mississippi Air National Guard for more than 30 years, retiring in federally recognized general officer grade, and as Commodore
of the Jackson Yacht Club.
Funeral services will be 12 Noon Monday September 9, 2013 at St. James Episcopal Church, preceded by visitation at 10:00am in the Youth Wing of the church.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to the ACLU of Mississippi, PO Box 2242, Jackson, MS 39225 or St. James Episcopal Church, 3921 Oak Ridge Drive, Jackson, MS 39216