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Posted by: Journal News on Jan 1, 2018

Journal Issue Date: Jan 2018

Journal Name: January 2018 - Vol. 54, No. 1

Nashville lawyer JACK AKIN BUTLER died on Dec. 7, 2017. He was 80. A native to the city, Butler earned his law degree from the Nashville School of Law while finishing his senior year of undergraduate studies at Vanderbilt University. He spent 20 years in the Tennessee Air National Guard and rose to the rank of major. In 1958, he was the youngest lawyer to be asked to teach at NSL, where he taught 4th year Moot Court for 42 years. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Nashville School of Law or Forest Hills Baptist Church.

Nashville litigator JOHN L. CHAMBERS died on Nov. 25, 2017. He was 81. Chambers practiced at the Nashville office of Adams and Reese as a member of the Litigation Practice Group and Commercial Dispute Practice Team. Chambers earned his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1960 and served in the U.S. Navy, ending his service as a lieutenant commander in the Navy Reserve. He served as secretary/treasurer of the Nashville Bar Association from 1969 to 1970, director in 2001-2003 and first vice president in 2003. He was president-elect of the Tennessee Supreme Court Historical Society and a member of its board of directors. Along with practicing law, John had also served as CEO of a public corporation, chair of a national chain of destination RV resorts and a publicly traded fast food corporation, as well as active governance of heavy construction and development companies. In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands, 300 Deaderick Street, Nashville 37201.

Chattanooga lawyer CHARLES W. “BUZ” DOOLEY died on Dec. 2, 2017. He was 82. A native of Lawrenceburg, he graduated from Columbia Military Academy in 1952 and served as a captain in the United States Army Reserve. He earned his law degree from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in 1969. In his career he was known as a dedicated pro bono volunteer, working extensively with Legal Aid of East Tennessee (LAET). He was recognized for his pro bono work by numerous organizations, including winning the Harris Gilbert Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year Award from the TBA in 2014. He is also a past president of the Chattanooga Bar Association (CBA), a fellow of the CBA, and was inducted into the LAET Pro Bono Attorneys Hall of Fame. Donations may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church or a charity of one’s choice.

Kingsport attorney WILLIAM T. “BILL” GAMBLE died on Nov. 13, 2017. He was 90. Gamble was born and raised in Chattanooga and served in the U.S. Navy in World War II. He earned his law degree from Vanderbilt University in 1950. He was Order of the Coif and note editor and acting editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review. He was of counsel and past president at Wilson Worley Attorneys at Law, which he helped found. Gamble was elected as fellow of the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers in 1980, and for more than 10 years served as a member and chair of the Tennessee Supreme Court Advisory Commission on Civil and Appellate Rules. In addition to his legal work, Gamble was known as a popular local musician, playing in bands as well as the Kingsport Symphony Orchestra, and in 2003 he was honored by the Kingsport Arts Council as Outstanding Instrumentalist of the Year.

Longtime Henry County Circuit Court Judge JULIAN PHELPS GUINN died on Nov. 14, 2017, in Paris. He was 84. Prior to his legal career, Guinn worked on a railroad right out of high school, then served in the U.S. Navy. Following his military service and obtaining a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Naval Academy, Guinn enrolled in the University of Tennessee College of Law, of which he is a 1965 graduate. He entered into law practice in Paris with Aaron C. Brown Jr. and Aaron C. Brown Sr., and then worked a 13-year partnership with W. Brown Hawley II. In 1984, he began his Circuit Court judgeship for the 24th Judicial District and retired from his seat in 2006.

Former Hamilton County Judge and state legislator DON MOORE died on Nov. 28, 2017. He was 89. Moore was a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law and a veteran of World War II and the Korean War with the U.S. Army. He was elected in 1956 to the Tennessee house of Representatives and in 1966 to the Tennessee State Senate, where he served as chair of the Fiscal Review Committee. From 1974 to 1978 he served as the county judge of Hamilton County. He served as a Hamilton County Court judge from 1978 to 1982 and was named Legislative Conservationist of the Year in 1968. He used his influence to secure a second Hamilton County criminal court, to develop the relationship between Hamilton County and Erlanger Hospital, to secure participation in the State of Tennessee TCRS retirement plan for Hamilton County employees, and to incorporate the University of Chattanooga into the UT state university system. Donations in his memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Nashville attorney DANIEL D. “DAN” WARLICK died on Nov. 16, 2017. He was 69. Born in Oak Ridge, Warlick graduated from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in 1982. Warlick was known for representing Elvis Presley’s doctor, Dr. George Nichopoulos, and witnessing Presley’s autopsy. He also represented Tammy Wynette’s daughters in a lawsuit against Wynette’s doctor and husband after her death. He previously served as the chief investigator for the Tennessee Office of the State Chief Medical Examiner.

Nashville lawyer THADDEUS EARL WATKINS died on Nov. 19. He was 60. Born in Memphis, Watkins earned his law degree from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. During his 30-year career as an attorney for the State of Tennessee, he served as counsel for the State Fire Marshall’s Office, the State Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners, the Tennessee State Capitol Commission and the Department of Commerce and Insurance before being appointed to the Tennessee Department of General Services. Donations may be made to the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) or a charity of choice.