TBA Law Blog


Posted by: Tba People on Dec 1, 2014

Journal Issue Date: Dec 2014

Journal Name: December 2014 - Vol. 50, No. 12

Former legislator and TBA senior counselor RALPH WOODSON FARMER Jr. died Nov. 3 at the age of 81. Farmer earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee and then served in the Air National Guard in San Antonio, Texas. After his service, Farmer returned to Tennessee to practice law in Memphis with Nelson, Norvell, Wilson, McRae, Ivy and Farmer. He worked there for more than a decade. During that time, Farmer also was elected to the Tennessee legislature, first to the House of Representatives and then to the Senate. While a member of the legislature, he served as chair of the joint Senate and House Constitutional Revision Committee. In 1970, Farmer moved to Dyersburg to become a partner with the law firm of Ewell and Farmer, and later joined Farmer, Moore, Jones, Hamilton & Lay. He retired in 1999. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, 220 W Masonic St., Dyersburg, TN 38024.

Third Judicial District Circuit Court Judge MIKE FAULK died Nov. 11 at the age of 61. Faulk had announced an esophageal and liver cancer diagnosis in May, when he began receiving chemotherapy treatments. At that time, he had just passed an unopposed primary race for his circuit court seat, a position he was appointed to in 2013. He was re-elected in August. Prior to joining the bench, Faulk served as a state senator representing Claiborne, Grainger, Hancock, Hawkins, Jefferson and Union counties and served on the Senate Judiciary Committee. He was elected in November 2008 after defeating the incumbent senator. Faulk practiced law in Church Hill, where he tried hundreds of cases and handled dozens of jury trials. His many contributions to the legal system also included service as a member and vice chair of the Tennessee Human Rights Commission, Hawkins County Juvenile Court referee, Hawkins County commissioner, town attorney in Mount Carmel and city attorney in Church Hill. Faulk earned his law degree and a master of public administration from Memphis State University. Donations may be made to the Judicial Conference Foundation, 1903 Division St., Nashville, TN 38203.

Retired Dyersburg judge and TBA senior counselor LYMAN E. INGRAM died Oct. 28 at the age of 97. Ingram was a fixture in the Dyersburg legal community for more than 60 years through service as an attorney, assistant district attorney, public defender, Dyersburg city judge and Dyer County general sessions judge. He was living in Brentwood at the time of his death. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Maryville lawyer LYLE H. MOE died Oct. 11 at the age of 60. Moe attended the University of North Dakota School of Law and first set up a practice in Larimore, North Dakota. He later returned to Grand Forks, where he began working in the central legal research department at the law school. In 1990, he moved to Charlottesville, Virginia, to attend JAG school and earn a master of law. In 1999, he moved his family to Maryville to continue practicing law and enjoy a slower pace of life.

Maryville lawyer and TBA senior counselor A D PETREY died Oct. 11 at the age of 84. Petrey earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law and then served in the Army during the Korean War. After the war, he joined Aetna Life and Casualty, where he worked for 34 years with stints in the company’s Connecticut, Oklahoma and East Tennessee offices. The family reports that memorial gifts may be given to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Knoxville lawyer and TBA senior counselor DAVID TORBETT died Oct. 15 at the age of 80. Torbett graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law and began his legal career in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General Corps, where he attained the rank of captain. He then practiced law in Kingsport and Johnson City and was active in politics there, serving in the state House of Representatives from 1961 to 1964. Torbett also served as a criminal court judge, during which time the public defender system was instituted under his direction. He also worked as an administrative law judge with the U.S. Department of the Interior. Following his retirement, Torbett remained actively engaged with the profession as a mentor to law students.