Signal Mountain Attorney Joe Wagner Dies at 97

Signal Mountain attorney Joseph Church Wagner died July 19, at the age of 97. He received his law degree from the University of Tennessee in 1940, then joined his father in law practice. After leaving to serve as an FBI special agent he rejoined his father, becoming the senior partner of Wagner, Nelson and Weeks, and later practicing with sons Richard and Michael until the day of his death. Mr. Wagner was proud of having the privilege of making motions before the Tennessee Supreme Court to accept his two sons and one granddaughter to the practice of law in Tennessee. He served as the attorney for the Town of Signal Mountain, retiring after 50 years, and continued to serve as Back Tax Attorney until his death. Funeral services were Monday, with burial at Mount Olivet Cemetery, East Ridge. Memorial contributions may be made to Walden's Ridge Emergency Service, P.O. Box 215, Signal Mountain, TN 37377, or your favorite charity. Read his obituary