TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Brittany Sims on Apr 29, 2013

Former Nashville Judge James Mayes Swiggart died Thursday (April 25). He was 91. Swiggart received his bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and his law degree from the University of Virginia. During World War II, he flew the F4U dive bomber for the United States Navy and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with one gold star and one silver star. After a career in private law practice, Judge Swiggart was appointed to Nashville's newly created Sixth Circuit Court where he served as judge for 23 years. During his career, he also served as president of the Tennessee Judicial Conference and led numerous civic organizations. Visitation will be held Friday at the Cheek House at Presbyterian Church on Franklin Road from noon to 1:45 p.m., followed by a service at Stanford Chapel at 2 p.m. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park. At the family's request, please make donations to Monteagle Sunday School Assembly, P.O. Box 307, Monteagle, TN 37356, Winfield Fund or Capital Fund.