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Posted by: Tba People on May 1, 2015

Journal Issue Date: May 2015

Journal Name: May 2015 - Vol. 51, No. 5

ROBERT MARTIN “MARK” ADDISON, 46, died unexpectedly Jan. 9. A 1998 graduate of Wake Forest University School of Law, Addison was first vice president and trust advisor with SunTrust Bank. He previously served as a partner at Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel where he handled elder law, estate planning, probate and real estate.

Shelby County Chancellor OSCAR “BO” CARR died April 6. Carr, 63, was appointed to the 30th Judicial District post this past October by Gov. Bill Haslam. Before the appointment, he handled civil litigation and mediation at the Memphis law firm of Glankler Brown for 38 years. He was a Rule 31 listed civil mediator, fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation and Litigation Counsel of America, member of the board of the Memphis Bar Association and member of the Tennessee Association of Professional Mediators. He also served as a special Supreme Court justice in the case of John Jay Hooker v. Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey et al. Carr also was active in the Memphis community, serving as president of the board of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, on the board of directors of the krewe organization Mystic Society of the Memphis and as a member of the Lawyers Journal Club of Memphis. He earned his law degree from Emory University School of Law in 1976.

Attorney and history activist CLARENCE EDWARD ELKINS JR. died March 31. He was 76. A 1966 graduate of Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, Elkins served the state of Tennessee for 30 years as a staff attorney with the Tennessee Department of Transportation and as director of the department’s Equal Employment Opportunity Section, and then as director of the Governor’s Highway Safety Program. After retiring from government service, Elkins embarked on a new career as a part-time tour guide at the Sam Davis Home in Smyrna. In 2010, then Gov. Phil Bredesen recognized Elkin’s work and commitment to preserving the history of Tennessee by appointing him to the Tennessee Historical Commission. Memorial contributions may be made to Enon Primitive Baptist Church, 1401 Cherry St., Shelbyville, TN 37160.

ERNEST A. PETROFF died April 6 from lung cancer. He was 69. Petroff was a 1970 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law and practiced in Huntsville, Tenn., and surrounding federal and state courts. He started his practice with Don C. Stansberry Jr., and later became a partner in the firm of Baker Worthington. In 1995, he became a partner in the successor firm of Baker Donelson, working in the Huntsville office. In 2002, he co-founded the firm of Stansberry, Petroff, Marcum & Blakley and continued there until his retirement in 2013. He was serving as “of counsel” to the firm at the time of his death. Petroff was a fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation, a member of the Hamilton Burnett Inns of Court and frequent book review contributor to the Tennessee Bar Journal. Memorial gifts may be made to the Huntsville Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 39, Huntsville, TN 37756.