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ORVILLE ALMON JR. of Nashville died on Oct. 29. He was 67. Almon served in the U.S. Army after college before attending the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, where he earned his law degree. He was a founding member of Zumwalt, Almon and Hayes in 1983, and later opened his own private practice, Almon Law, in 2010. He practiced in the entertainment and music law industry.

DONALD STUART CAULKIN SR., of Brentwood, died on Oct. 18. He was 82. Prior to his 30-year legal career, Caulkins served in the U.S. Air Force, becoming a Command Pilot with the Tactical Air Command and reaching the rank of Major. For his service in Vietnam, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. During his military service, he earned a law degree from George Washington University and served as an Assistant Deputy Attorney General of the United States prior to his retirement from the military. After moving to Franklin he served as Chief Deputy Attorney General for the State of Tennessee, where he wrote the legislation establishing the compensation and benefit system for district attorneys and public defenders. Donations in Caulkins’ memory may be made to the Salvation Army.

SCOTT T. FOSTER, of Science Hill, Ky., died Nov. 12, along with his 15-year-old son Noah and two others in a plane crash. Foster, 41, earned his law degree from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in 2003. While at Cumberland, he worked for a firm doing insurance defense. He later practiced law in Nashville, also concentrating on insurance defense, and most recently practicing at The Foster Firm in Somerset, Ky.

Memphis attorney JOHN KIMBROUGH JOHNSON JR. died on Nov. 7. He was 75. A native of Kentucky, he graduated from Vanderbilt Law School and served in the U.S. Marine Corps, achieving the rank of captain. He served a tour of duty in Vietnam before settling down in Memphis, where he practiced law for almost 50 years for the firm now known as Lewis, Thomason, King, Krieg and Waldrop PC. Johnson was also a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Knoxville lawyer EDWARD WILSON died on Nov. 2. He was 77. Wilson was a Knoxville native who graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1963. He was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Knoxville and an Assistant District Attorney for Knox and Sullivan counties. He retired from the Office of the District Attorney in Sullivan County in 2006. Wilson also refereed high school football games in East Tennessee, and was an Official Statistician for the University of Tennessee, working in the press box in Neyland Stadium for many years.

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