TBA Law Blog


Posted by: Journal News on Nov 1, 2014

Journal Issue Date: Nov 2014

Journal Name: November 2014 - Vol. 50, No. 11

Former Criminal Court Judge and TBA senior counselor FRED A. KELLY died Sept. 27 at the age of 93. Kelly graduated from the University of Tennessee and later served in World War II, earning the rank of captain. He graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School in 1948 and began practicing law in Gallatin. A native of the city, he went on to serve on the city council and as mayor (1974-1977). In 1983, Kelly was appointed to, and later ran unopposed for, the 18th Judicial District Criminal Court. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Tennessee Baptist Children’s Homes, P.O. Box 2206, Brentwood, TN 37024 or the Gallatin Public Library, 123 E. Main St., Gallatin, TN 37066.

Nashville lawyer and TBA senior counselor MAC EDWARD ROBINSON SR. died Sept. 11 at the age of 85. A graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School, Robinson began practicing law in 1956 and became involved with the Nashville Bar Association, Federation of Insurance Counsel and Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association. He practiced law for nearly 50 years. Memorial donations may be made to the Nashville Humane Association, 213 Oceola Ave., Nashville, TN 37209 or to Vanderbilt University, 2201 West End Ave., Nashville, TN 37235.

Longtime Chattanooga attorney SHIELDS WILSON died Sept. 11. He was 93. Wilson received his bachelor’s and law degrees from Vanderbilt University. Prior to law school, he served in the Navy and attended Officer’s Candidate School at Northwestern University. Wilson was director of the Corporate Tax Division of the Tennessee Department of Revenue before joining the Witt Gaither Law Firm, where he was a partner for many years. Wilson practiced law, at least on a part-time basis, until he was 91. Memorials may be made to Rivermont Presbyterian Church, 3319 Hixson Pike, Chattanooga, TN 37415 or Hospice of Chattanooga, 4411 Oakwood Dr., Chattanooga, TN 37416.