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DIRK ALLEN DANIEL of Rutledge died April 27 at his home. He was 41. He graduated from the George C. Taylor College of Law. With his office in Rutledge, Daniel practiced law in Grainger and surrounding counties for the past 17 years. He also held the position of county attorney for Grainger County. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Sunrise Baptist Church Cemetery Fund.

HENRY HOOKER, a Nashville attorney who helped transform the Iroquois Steeplechase into a million-dollar fundraiser for a children’s hospital, died on April 24. He was 84. Hooker served two years in the U.S. Army and graduated from Tulane Law School before joining the firm of Hooker and Hooker and practicing with his brother, John Jay Hooker Jr. He was also an entrepreneur who had many business ventures, including founding the Hospital Corporation of America. He also served on the boards of Fisk University, Montgomery Bell Academy and Ensworth School. 

Nashville attorney THEODORE GEORGE PAPPAS died on April 18. He was 92. Pappas, a North Carolina native, served in the U.S. Army, trained in Russian and military intelligence, and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He graduated from Vanderbilt Law School and started his practice in Waverly. He later became general counsel for Southern Bell Telephone company in Nashville, before he joined Bass Berry and Sims in 1966, where he was the firm’s first managing partner. Pappas was also a former Nashville Bar Association president. Donations may be made to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 4905 Franklin Pike, Nashville.

Former American Bar Association President WILLIAM T. (BILL) ROBINSON died May 9. He was 72. Robinson was member-in-charge of the Florence, Kentucky, office of Frost Brown Todd, and also maintained a license in Tennessee. He was a member of the TBA and the ABA, where he served as president in 2011-2012. During his tenure, he fought passionately to secure adequate court funding, focusing on the human consequences of underfunded courts.

FRANK J. SCANLON died on April 22. He was 70. He received his law degree from the University of Maine Law School in 1973. He then moved to Nashville in 1975, and served for 12 years in the Attorney General’s Office, where he started the Environmental Enforcement Division. He participated in the medical licensing case of Dr. George C. Nichopoulos, the attending physician to Elvis Presley, and was interviewed for several books about Presley. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Nashville Humane Association, the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee & the Cumberlands, or the YMCA of Middle of Tennessee.

Kingsport lawyer WILLIAM "BILL" WRAY died May 5. He was 68. Wray graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1971. He worked at Hunter, Smith & Davis for 28 years before opening The Wray Law Firm in 2005. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Holston United Methodist Home for Children, P.O. Box 188, Greeneville, TN 37743.

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