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RONALD GORDON “RON” DAVES of Knoxville died on Aug. 9. He was 74. Originally from North Carolina, Daves served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1962 to 1965. Prior to earning his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law, he served as an investigator for the Tennessee Human Rights Commission. He was a member of Wimberly Lawson Wright Daves and Jones PLLC and practiced in labor and employment law since 1986.

Knoxville lawyer THOMAS ARTHUR HODGE died on Aug. 9. He was 77. A 1963 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law, Hodge practiced in U.S. and foreign intellectual property law including prosecution, licensing, patentability, validity and infringement opinions and was currently an attorney with Baker Donelson. He served as in-house patent and trademark counsel for Eastman Kodak, Tennessee Eastman, S.C. Johnson & Son, Oscar Mayer and General Foods. Hodge served as vice chair of the board of directors for the Volunteer Ministry Center for 2017, president of the Belmont West HOA and president of the Christian Homebuilders Class at Fountain City United Methodist Church, where he enjoyed teaching classes.

Memphis attorney JOE KIRSCH died Aug. 22. He was 73. Kirsch was a Shelby County native, attending Memphis State University. He was a 1972 graduate of the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, which he attended after serving in the U.S. Navy. Kirsch practiced in the field of bankruptcy and foreclosure law for 40 years.

Nashville lawyer YVETTE SEBELIST died on Aug. 17. She was 55. Sebelist graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1996, where she was president of the Law Women and staff editor for the Tennessee Law Review. She received an American Jurisprudence Award in Appellate Advocacy and the American Association of Women Lawyers Award. She worked as an immigration attorney with Sebelist Buchanan Law LLC, and served on a number of state, local and regional bar committees. She also will be remembered for her service on numerous community nonprofit boards.

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