Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Sep 1, 2020

Journal Issue Date: Sept-Oct 2020

Journal Name: Vol. 56 No. 9


Chattanooga lawyer JOHN “JACK” SCOTT BALLMAN died June 8 at the age of 93. A native of Chicago, he served in the U.S. Navy during World War I, and later earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from the University of Michigan. He became a certified public accountant and worked in that field for 11 years. Ballman moved to Chattanooga in 1953 and obtained a law degree in 1959 from the McKenzie College of Law. In 1962, he was named treasurer and chief financial officer of Jorges Carpet Mills. In 1977, he started his own carpeting business, which he sold in 1999 when he retired. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church’s World Mission Fund or Bible in the Schools program, 554 McCallie Ave., Chattanooga, TN 37402.

Retired Memphis attorney MURRY J. CARD died July 11 at the age of 87. He was a Korean War veteran and a communicant of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, where he served as Eucharistic minister. He also volunteered at the St. Vincent DePaul Food Mission. Card earned his law degree from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law and was a “True Blue” Memphis University Tigers fan, attending games for more than 50 years. Memorial donations may be sent to St. Francis of Assisi Chapter of St. Vincent DePaul, 8151 Chimneyrock Blvd., Cordova, TN 38016.

Memphis lawyer SUSAN “SUE” REEVES GREGORY died June 14 at age 82. Gregory earned her undergraduate degree from Memphis State University (now the University of Memphis) and law degree from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. She taught the sixth grade for two years, worked for the Social Security Administration for over 10 years, and practiced law for more than 40 years, most recently at Gregory & Gregory PC. Gregory was a past president of the Memphis Bar Foundation, was an avid runner and served two terms as president of the Girl Scouts Tenn-Ark-Miss Council (now Girl Scouts Heart of the South). She also was a communicant of Saint George’s Episcopal Church in Germantown. Memorial donations may be sent to the church at 2425 S. Germantown Rd., Germantown, TN 38138 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105.

Nashville lawyer LEWIS BERKELEY HOLLABAUGH died Aug. 13 at the age of 85. A 1956 graduate of Vanderbilt University and a 1961 of the university’s law school, Hollabaugh started his career as an associate attorney at Manier, Crouch, White & Herod (now Manier & Herod). He remained with the firm during his entire 36 years of practice. He served as managing partner and on the executive committee of the firm over the years. Hollabaugh spent most of his career as a trial lawyer with an emphasis on professional liability. He also handled construction surety law. He is survived by his daughter Lela Hollabaugh, an attorney at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, among others. Memorial donations may be made to St. Luke’s Community House, 5601 New York Ave., Nashville, TN 37209, or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Nashville lawyer WILLIAM WAYNE LEROY died July 25 after a struggle with cancer. Raised in Jasper, LeRoy studied journalism at the University of Tennessee and first explored careers in sports reporting, patent medicine sales and insurance before deciding to pursue law. He earned his law degree in 1966 from the YMCA Law School (now the Nashville School of Law) and joined McCarley, Hollins & Pride. He later was named senior partner at Schulman, LeRoy and Bennett. LeRoy was local counsel for Allstate Insurance Company and general counsel for Exchange Insurance Company. He was a lobbyist for Insuror’s of Tennessee and was actively involved in legislative issues and governmental relations for 30 years. His three daughters all followed in his professional footsteps, with two becoming attorneys and one a lobbyist. Memorial donations may be made to St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, Endowment Fund in Memory of Wayne LeRoy, 85 Fairway Drive, Nashville, TN 37214 or the charity of one’s choice.

Attorney MATTHEW B. LONG died July 19 at the age of 37. Long was a 2013 graduate of the Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law where he served as Moot Court president and as an intern law clerk for then Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Gary Wade. Long began his legal career at Gilreath & Associates in Knoxville but later moved to Nashville to open an office for the Atlanta-based Roth Firm. Long returned to Knoxville last August to open the Law Office of Matt Long. He was active in the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association and served for many years in the Knoxville Barristers and on the Functions Committee of the Knoxville Bar Association. A celebration of life was held July 30.

ROBERT WILLIAM “BOB” RATTON JR. of Memphis died unexpectedly on June 11. Ratton received his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law and a master of laws in taxation from New York University School of Law. A tax and commercial attorney, Ratton practiced at several firms in Memphis and Washington, D.C., before becoming general counsel for Armstrong Relocation & Companies. He worked at the Memphis company for two decades. Ratton also was an avid aviation enthusiast, scuba diver and hiker. A memorial service was held June 16. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hope Church, 8500 Walnut Grove Rd., Cordova, TN 38018; Rotary Club of Memphis East Foundation, 504 W. Sanga Circle, Cordova, TN 38018; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105; or a charity of the donor’s choice.