Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on May 1, 2021

Journal Issue Date: May-June 2021

Journal Name: Vol. 57 No. 3

Knoxville attorney William Richard “Rick” Baker Jr. passed away suddenly at his Blount County home on March 3. He was 58. Baker earned his law degree from the University of Memphis in 1988 and practiced as a plaintiff’s attorney his entire career. He was a member of the American Association for Justice and the Tennessee Association for Justice. Memorial donations can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

James L. Bass died May 21, 2020, at the age of 98. He was a 1949 graduate of the Vanderbilt University Law School and maintained an active law practice for 71 years. He served as a radio operator, mechanic and gunner with the 457th Bomb Group stationed in England during World War II, and is the author of the Fait Accompli Trilogy, a historical account of the group. In 2019, Bass was featured in a Tennessean article about his longevity in practicing law and the fact that he was still going into the office at age 97.

Chattanooga attorney Hugh Pierce Garner, a resident of Signal Mountain, died Feb. 10 at 87. A graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law, Garner practiced law for 62 years. While at the University of Tennessee as an undergraduate, Garner was a four-year starter on the football team, a member of the National Championship team of 1951 and recipient of the Roy N. Latspeich Memorial UT Scholastic Award. Following graduation he served in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Army Reserve. Memorial donations may be made to Lassiter Cemetery, c/o Mr. Jim Holtcamp, 411 Sawmill Branch Ln., Sequatchie, TN 37374, or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Retired Memphis lawyer Leonard V. Hughes Jr. of Germantown died Dec. 9, 2020, at the age of 85. A graduate of the Southern Methodist University Law School, Hughes was initially licensed in Texas. He became licensed in Tennessee in 1960 and spent 50 years with the law firm of Hoffman, Hughes & McWhorter.

Longtime Nashville attorney Robert “Bobby” Lee Jackson Jr. died Feb. 15 at age 79. Jackson graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School in 1965 as one of the first to complete an undergraduate and law degree in six years. He began his career with his father, Eugene D. Jackson Jr., in the Nashville firm of Jackson, Tanner and Reynolds. He later joined his son, Robert Todd Jackson, to form Jackson and Associates. Considered by some as the dean of the domestic bar in Nashville, Jackson mediated more than 2,000 divorce cases during his more than 50-year career. His family includes seven consecutive generations of lawyers. Memorial donations may be made to Centennial Heart, H.A.R.T. Inc. or Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Department of Cardiac Surgery.

Former Hamilton County prosecutor and later private attorney Stanley Joseph “Stan” Lanzo died Feb. 4 at a facility in Boston after a battle with Parkinson’s disease. A native of Revere, Massachusetts, Lanzo graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1968. He joined the office of Hamilton County District Attorney Gary Gerbitz and handled a number of high profile cases, including the 1975 prosecution of Kenneth Stanley King and Jackie Renner Robinson, who were accused of killing Hixson dentist Robert P. Elliott. He practiced law for 54 years. A fund has been created to honor his life and commitment to less fortunate children. The Stan Lanzo Christmas Fund will provide presents to Chattanooga area foster children with a particular emphasis on older children. Contributions may be mailed to The Stan Lanzo Christmas Fund, Chattanooga Bar Foundation, 801 Broad St., Ste. 420, Chattanooga, TN 37402.

Memphis lawyer Allen Taylor Malone died Feb. 9 at 79. A graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School, Malone first served as a special agent with the FBI for three years. He began his law practice in Memphis in 1969 with Apperson Crump. He then joined Burch, Porter & Johnson as a member in 2000 and practiced law there until he retired in 2018. Malone was named a top lawyer in environmental litigation, fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation and Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year by the Memphis Bar Association. Memorial contributions may be made to Memphis Area Legal Services, St. Mary’s Episcopal School, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Rogersville lawyer William Erwin “Bill” Phillips died Jan. 20 after a two-week battle with COVID-19. He was 73. Phillips served in Vietnam with the 173rd Airborne and taught ballistic meteorology at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. After being discharged, he returned to Tennessee to complete a bachelor’s degree and law degree at the University of Tennessee. He joined the law practice of Phillips & Hale with his father, brother and cousin, and worked there for 45 years. He also served as Rogersville city attorney. Memorial donations may be sent to the Rogersville Heritage Association or the Salvation Army.

Retired Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Jerry L. Smith died Feb. 12. A 1978 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law, Smith was appointed to the court in 1995 by then-Gov. Don Sundquist. He was elected to a full term on the bench in 1996 and was reelected in 1998 and 2006. Prior to joining the bench, Smith worked for the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office as an assistant attorney general and deputy attorney general. For many years, he was an instructor at the Nashville School of Law. After his retirement from the bench in 2014, he taught at the Belmont University College of Law as an adjunct faculty member.

Kingsport lawyer W. Gorman Waddell died on Feb. 13. A graduate of Vanderbilt Law School, Waddell would go on to practice law for 56 years. In 1966, he helped establish Moore Stout Waddell Law Firm in Kingsport, which later became Wilson Worley Moore Gamble and Stout. Gorman served on a number of boards in the Kingsport area and was involved with many service clubs within the community. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to  Second Harvest Food Bank, 1020 Jericho Dr., Kingsport, TN 37663.

Retired Knoxville lawyer Allen Jackson Ware Jr. died March 2 at 92. A graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law, Ware practiced real estate law for more than 50 years, first as a partner at Ayres, Parkey, Skaggs & Ware, and then for many years as a solo attorney. He was a member of the South Knoxville Optimist Club, West Knoxville Kiwanis Club, where he served as president, and Sons of the Revolution. He also volunteered as a Little League baseball coach, intramural basketball coach, Boy Scout leader and “Big Brother” for Kids Hope USA. Memorial donations may be made to Every Home for Christ, P.O. Box 64000, Colorado Springs, CO 80962, or a charity of the donor’s choice.