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Posted by: Journal News on Jun 25, 2018

Journal Issue Date: Jul 2018

Journal Name: July 2018 - Vol. 54, No. 7

Nashville lawyer PAUL ARTHUR ALEXIS died on May 22 at the age of 72. Born in Pittsburgh, Alexis attended Georgetown University Law Center, where he was managing editor of the law journal. He joined the law firm of Donovan, Leisure, Newton & Irvine in Manhattan before being recruited by the Nashville based Genesco Inc., as deputy general counsel. He subsequently joined the Nashville law firm of Boult, Cummings, Connors & Berry, where he practiced commercial litigation and served as loss prevention partner.

Goodletteville attorney HOMER R. AYERS died June 5. He was 82. After serving in the Air Force, he received his law degree from the YMCA Night Law School, starting his own firm upon graduation in 1971. He served as city judge for many years. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Nashville Rescue Mission or Goodlettsville Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Also because, the witty obituary reads, “flowers gave him a headache.”

Nashville lawyer CHARLES HAYES COONEY died June 5. He was 81. A graduate of Vanderbilt School of Law, he held the position of chief deputy in the Tennessee State Attorney General's office for 15 years before joining the law firm Watkin and McNeilly, where he specialized in medical malpractice defense. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to Alive Hospice or to a non-profit organization of choice.

Nashville lawyer RICHARD “DICK” H. FRANK JR. died on May 31, his 90th birthday. Born in Maury County, Frank served in the U.S. Navy before attending New York University for law school, where he graduated in 1956. Two years later he filed the corporate charter for the Country Music Association, where he served as counsel for the next 40 years. He also represented leading writers, artists and publishers in country music during his career, and taught entertainment law and copyright law at Vanderbilt and the Nashville School of Law.

Chattanooga lawyer ROBERT ANTHONY FRAZIER died June 10, at the age of 87. After graduating from Vanderbilt Law School he joined the law firm of Spears, Moore, Rebman and Williams in 1959 as an associate attorney. Later he and Ray Seiner shared a law office from 1967 until 2000. Memorial donations may be made in his memory to Parkinson's Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131 or at parkinson.org/ways-to-give.

Kingsport lawyer JACKSON C. “JACK” RAULSTON died on May 8. He was 91. A U.S. Navy veteran, Raulston graduated from Vanderbilt Law School in 1952 after serving during World War II. He started his practice in Kingsport shortly afterward and continued until his retirement in 2006. In 1961, Raulston became the youngest trial judge in Tennessee when he was appointed Judge Chancellor of the new Law and Chancery Court of Sullivan County. In lieu of flowers, Raulston requested memorial contributions be made to Second Presbyterian Church in Chattanooga, the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California, the Human Rights Campaign, or the National AIDS Memorial Grove.