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Posted by: Journal News on Feb 1, 2018

Journal Issue Date: Feb 2018

Journal Name: February 2018 - Vol. 54, No. 2

JAMES ADAMS BEAN of Crossville died Dec. 26, 2017. He was 86. Bean lived much of his life in Cumberland County, with the exception of his legal studies and his time in the U.S. Air Force. After four years in the military, including one in Korea, he pursued his education, and graduated from the YMCA Night Law School. He was licensed in 1962, and opened Bean and Bean Attorneys with his brother in Crossville. He was appointed city judge in 1978 and was elected to the post of General Sessions, Family and Probate judge in 1982. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, The Muscular Dystrophy Association, or charity of choice.

Rutherford County attorney and businessman ROBERT ALDEN BROWN died on Dec. 12, 2017. He was 89. A Sewanee native, Brown graduated from Vanderbilt Law School and served in the U.S. Navy as a communications officer. He practiced law for many years and had a long business career. He served as CEO at Allvan Corporation, a truck body and Curtainsider manufacturing business in Lavergne. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in his name to Alive Hospice and to the Recovery Aide Fund of Brentwood United Methodist Church.

LEWIS R. DONELSON III, senior counsel and co-founder of Baker Donelson, died Jan. 1. He had recently celebrated his 100th birthday. A native of Memphis, Donelson graduated from Georgetown University Law Center in 1941, and founded the firm Donelson & Adams in 1954. He formed the first professional limited liability company in Tennessee and established some of the earliest private pension and profit-sharing plans. He was involved in numerous philanthropic efforts and was politically active as well, including service as one of Memphis’s first councilmen, starting in 1967, and commissioner of finance and administration under Tennessee Gov. Lamar Alexander. In 1994, Sen. Howard Baker’s firm, Baker Worthington, merged with Donelson’s firm to form Baker Donelson. Read more about him in this issue.

Nashville lawyer JERE ROBERT LEE died on Dec. 14, 2017. He was 63. Lee, a 1979 graduate of Vanderbilt Law, practiced in Tennessee for his entire career, until his battle with ALS forced his retirement in 2015. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the ALS Association, Appalachian Trail Conservancy or Alive Hospice.

NATHANIEL WADE PARHAM of Knoxville and formerly of Memphis died on Nov. 29, 2017. He was 89. Parham focused his 61-year legal career on his real estate practice. Prior to becoming an attorney, he enlisted with the U.S. Navy. He earned the rank of chief warrant officer during active duty and served in the U.S. Naval Reserves until he was 65.