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Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Jun 9, 2014

Byron Percy Magness, 74, died of cancer at his home this past Friday (June 6). Originally from Arkansas, Magness moved to Memphis as a high school student. He later attended Dartmouth College and Vanderbilt University Law School. In 1965, he returned to Memphis to serve as law clerk for Judge Marion Boyd. Magness practiced law in Memphis for 40 years. He was part of a group of young lawyers who offered free legal services to the poor before legal aid was formed. He also received the Sam A. Myer Award in 1980 from the Memphis Bar Association. The family requests that any memorials be sent to Concerts International, P.O. Box 77052, Memphis, TN 38177; or Idlewild Presbyterian Church, 1760 Union, Memphis, TN 38104. The Commercial Appeal has more on his life.