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Knoxville lawyer PAUL EDWARD DUNN died on July 21. He was 87. A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Dunn graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1961. Dunn practiced law in Knoxville for more than 40 years. He began practicing with renowned criminal defense lawyer Ray H. Jenkins and remained with the firm Jenkins and Jenkins until 1995, when he became a founding member of the firm Dunn, MacDonald and Coleman. He was named a Senior Counselor by the Tennessee Bar Association, and an honorary member of the Winfield Dunn cabinet. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to St. Jude’s Research Hospital or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

RONALD “RON” WILFORD KILGORE of Charlotte died June 3 at the age of 79. Born in San Benito, Texas, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1959 and later served as a naval advisor in Vietnam. He earned his law degree from Vanderbilt University in 1971 and was admitted to practice later that year. He then returned to active duty in the Navy and was stationed in Charleston, South Carolina, in the Judge Advocates Corp. Upon returning to Nashville he entered the law firm of Parker, Nichol and Finley. Kilgore was also assistant to the district attorney in Nashville from 1969 to 1971, served as city attorney for Charlotte from 1979 to 1987, and was counsel for the Harpeth Utility District in Charlotte from 1978 to 1999. Memorials may be made to the Charlotte Lions Club Sight Conservation Project.

Attorney THOMAS R. PREWITT SR. died on July 18 at the age of 95. A native of Bolivar, Prewitt flew 50 bomber missions over Germany, Austria, Hungary and Poland as a navigator with the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. He earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1947, and in 1950 he became a partner in the Memphis firm of Armstrong Allen Prewitt Gentry Johnston & Holmes, where he practiced until 2006. He is a former president of the Memphis Bar Association and a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and the American and Tennessee Bar foundations. His father, Alan Prewitt, served as chief justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Memphis Area Legal Services or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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