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Posted by: Journal News on Mar 1, 2018

Journal Issue Date: Mar 2018

Journal Name: March 2018 - Vol. 54, No. 3

J. THOMAS CALDWELL of Ripley died on Feb. 5. He was 86. Caldwell was an attorney in Ripley for 53 years, and served as Lauderdale County attorney for more than 40 years. He graduated from law school in 1962 at the University of Mississippi, where he also played football. In 1986 he was inducted as a fellow in the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association. He was a United States Air Force veteran.

Nashville lawyer CATHERINE DALE BURRUS CASTLEMAN died on Jan. 20. She was 84. A Nashville native, she began her career in education, teaching and coaching at Dupont High School, before she headed to law school. She graduated from Nashville School of Law in 1983 and later took a position as counsel for the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development, where she worked for more than 20 years. She served in leadership roles in many community organizations, including the Nashville Barristers Auxiliary and the Lawyers Association for Women.

Nashville lawyer H. NAILL FALLS JR died Feb. 9. He was 64. A native of Memphis raised in Arkansas, Falls graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Law in 1979, where he was the managing editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review. Falls clerked for Judge Harry Wellford of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, and then practiced commercial and securities litigation in Nashville. Memorial gifts may be made to the Tennessee Justice Center or Alive Hospice.

Former Democratic state Sen. JOE HAYNES died on Jan. 26. He was 81. Haynes, an attorney, served nearly three decades in the Tennessee legislature before his retirement in 2012. Originally hailing from Castalian Springs, he attended the Nashville School of Law and was admitted to practice in 1965. He started his own firm, Haynes, Freeman and Bracey, where he worked for most of his career. Prior to his service in the Tennessee State Senate, he was first elected to the Goodlettsville City Commission in 1976. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Montgomery Bell Academy Joe and Barbara Haynes Scholarship Fund, the Goodlettsville Help Center, Bledsoe’s Lick Historical Association or the charity of your choice.

Nashville lawyer MARSHALL L. HIX died on Jan. 14, at the age of 64. Hix, a graduate of Nashville School of Law, practiced for many years with Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs. He was a former Associate General Counsel with First American Corporation in Nashville, and a fellow of the Nashville Bar Foundation. Donations may be made to New Destiny Dog Rescue, P.O. Box 42, Wartrace, 37183, or the charity of your choice.

Nashville lawyer JOSEPH O. MARTIN JR. died on Jan. 2. He was 89. A native of Davidson County, he graduated from Vanderbilt Law, where he was inducted into the Order of the Coif. He joined the Tennessee Air National Guard in 1948. After law school, he joined the firm of Martin & Cochran, which later became Gullett, Sanford, Robinson & Martin. He taught for 27 years at the Nashville School of Law and for more than 40 years he operated the scoreboard for Vanderbilt football games.

JOHN PAYSON MATTHEWS III of Somerville died on Jan. 2. He was 85. Matthews was a veteran of the U.S. Army, where he served in Korea along the 38th Parallel as a first lieutenant in the signal corps. After his service, he graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law, and shortly after opened his firm on the Somerville court square. He practiced law there until December 2017. He served multiple terms on the University of Tennessee College of Law Alumni Advisory Council, as well as multiple terms as a member of the Fayette County Court. Gifts in memory of Matthews may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Somerville.

MILTON PAUL RICE of Nashville died Jan. 1 at the age of 97. The 1949 Vanderbilt Law School graduate was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy. He later worked for the State of Tennessee in various legal roles including Sales Tax Director, Commissioner of Insurance and Banking, State Attorney General and Secretary of State. After retiring from the state, Rice served as Special Counsel for NLT. He once argued and won a case before the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of the state of Tennessee, an achievement he called his proudest professional moment. Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Memorial Fund at Calvary United Methodist Church, 3701 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville.