TBA Law Blog


Posted by: Journal News on Nov 1, 2017

Journal Issue Date: Nov 2017

Journal Name: November 2017 - Vol. 53, No. 11

Former Tennessee Bar Association Executive Director BILLIE ROBERTA BETHEL died Sept. 9. She was 85. A native of Missouri, Bethel earned her law degree from Washington University in St. Louis in 1957. She practiced in Missouri, Illinois and Tennessee before joining the TBA. She managed the organization for 18 years, until she moved to Gatlinburg in 1982. Following the move, she practiced law alongside her husband, Frank Newman Bratton. For the past 12 years she lived in Jefferson City at the Jefferson City Health and Rehabilitation Center. Bethel was the first woman to be executive director of the association, and wrote a regular column for this magazine during her tenure.

Chattanooga attorney CHARLES O. HON III died on Sept. 28. He was 73. Born in Union City, he was a 1970 graduate of Cumberland School of Law. He began his career as a partner with his father, and shortly after began work for The Title Guaranty and Trust Company of Chattanooga, where he remained until his death. He served as the president of the Tennessee Land Title Association from 1979 to 1980, and was named by the Tennessee Commissioner of Insurance to serve on a Blue Ribbon Committee to rewrite the title insurance law for the state. In 1988, he became the youngest person and only the second Tennessean ever to serve as president of the American Land Title Association.