Retired Shelby County JUDGE ANN PUGH, one of the area’s first female judges, died Feb 23. She was 70. An Arkansas native, Pugh was a teacher before attending law school. After serving on the City Court, Pugh served four terms on the General Sessions Criminal Court bench. She also led a specialized court handling domestic violence cases. Pugh retired in 2010 after 32 years.

Nashville attorney JOHN BRADBURY REED died Feb. 2 after a 25-year battle with cancer. He was 76. Reed graduated from Vanderbilt Law School and joined the school’s faculty from 1964 to 1972. He practiced with Bass, Berry & Sims for more than 50 years and went on to finish his career with Riley Warnock & Jacobson. Reed was also very involved in the Nashville community and was honored with the Junior League of Nashville’s Community Service Award in 2003.

Marion County attorney and former state representative HOWARD G. SWAFFORD died Feb 4. He was 96. Swafford attended law school at the University of Tennessee College of Law after serving in World War II.  A Republican, he was elected to the state legislature in 1972, practiced law and won his last jury trial at age 92. Contributions may be made in Swafford’s honor to the First Baptist Church of Jasper, the Family Life Center Fund at McKendree Methodist Church of Jasper, and A Step Ahead Foundation of Memphis or Chattanooga.

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