Dyersburg Attorney, Former State AG Dies

Randolph Alexander “Ray” Ashley Jr, the first West Tennessee attorney appointed outside of Memphis to be Tennessee attorney general, passed away Monday (July 2) at the age of 84. Ashley graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law and followed in his father's footsteps – joining the family’s Dyersburg law firm of Ashley, Ashley & Arnold in 1952. From 1974-1976, Ashley served as Tennessee Attorney General. Under his leadership, the AG’s office was instrumental in halting plans for a Hartsville nuclear plant and a proposed Clinch River Breeder Reactor. He also reformed the Tennessee Claims Commission to make it more consumer-friendly.  A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. July 9 at St. Mary’s Episcopal Chruch in Dyersburg. Visitation will follow the service. The State Gazette has more on his life.