Gartin Building Courtroom with the Great Seal of the State of Mississippi

100th Bar Memorial Service honors 65 lawyers

October 17, 2006

The Mississippi Bar and the Mississippi Supreme Court on Tuesday, Oct. 17, paid tribute to 65 Mississippi lawyers who died during the past year.

A white candle was lit as each name was read during the 100th annual Bar Memorial Service in the Old Supreme Court Chambers at the State Capitol in Jackson. Mississippi Supreme Court Presiding Justice William L. Waller Jr. of Jackson presided over the gathering of judges, lawyers, friends and family members.

Mississippi Bar President C. York Craig Jr. of Jackson in his eulogy said, “What noble men and women, who gave their lives in service to others....They were lawyers, legislators, judges, Sunday School teachers, avid sports fans, little league baseball coaches, husbands, wives, grandfathers.” Craig said, “We have a wonderful and noble profession, and your loved ones did their part to preserve it, and for that I am so grateful.”

Among those honored were two retired Supreme Court justices, a former Supreme Court administrator, a former circuit judge, a former federal magistrate judge and a former Mississippi Bar president.

Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Jess H. Dickinson of Gulfport, in a response for the Court, said those who were honored Tuesday “assumed upon their shoulders the burdens and problems of society. They took up the causes of the weak and disadvantaged, the single mothers and the children, the mentally incompetent and the aged and the injured, and even the outcasts. Their love of the profession and their commitment to justice was the only hope for so many who were represented by these dedicated lawyers.”

Memorial Committee Chair George Fair of Jackson presented a memorial resolution which read, in part, “While we deeply mourn the deaths of our dear friends and colleagues, we joyfully celebrate their lives and accomplishments in their community and in the noble profession of the law. Their tireless dedication to justice has enriched the lives of all of us.”

Here is a list of the names of the deceased, their hometowns and bar admission dates:

George F. Adams Tupelo, MS Admitted 1950
William Brooks Alexander, Jr. Cleveland, MS Admitted 1948
Charles E. Allen, III. Picayune, MS Admitted 1979
James Edward Allen Jackson, MS Admitted 1959
Dan R. Anders Carrollton, GA Admitted 1958
James W. Backstrom Ocean Springs, MS Admitted 1967
C. Richard Benz, Jr. Greenwood, MS Admitted 1987
Claude V. Bilbo, Jr. Pascagoula, MS Admitted 1973
William H. Brewer Tupelo, MS Admitted 1953
Allen L. Burrell Port Gibson, MS Admitted 1975
William Chester Butler Eupora, MS Admitted 1965
Natie P. Caraway Jackson, MS Admitted 1958
Harry L. Corban Fayette, MS Admitted 1949
Michael C. Corso Jackson, MS Admitted 1987
John Richard Countiss, III. Jackson, MS Admitted 1956
Philip T. Dean Columbus, MS Admitted 1976
Ernest Freddrick Dobbins Leakesville, MS Admitted 1981
James Patterson Donald Morton, MS Admitted 1975
Emmett Howard Eaton Taylorsville, MS Admitted 1972
William Reynold Ford Kosciusko, MS Admitted 1942
Herbert R. Ginsberg Hattiesburg, MS Admitted 1950
James Newton Godwin Booneville, MS Admitted 1952
Keith A. Gragson Greenwood, MS Admitted 1978
John T. Green Natchez, MS Admitted 1949
David B. Gross, Sr. Austin, TX Admitted 1947
Edward R. Gross, Jr. Diamondhead, MS Admitted 1976
George H. Gulley, Jr. Brookhaven, MS Admitted 1954
John Davis Guyton Kosciusko, MS Admitted 1948
Michael D. Haas Bay St. Louis, MS Admitted 1957
Edwin Chester Hardin Leakesville, MS Admitted 1971
Stanley H. Hathorn Louisville, MS Admitted 1973
Armis E. Hawkins Houston, MS Admitted 1947
Stephen J. Kirchmayr, Jr. Jackson, MS Admitted 1972
Hiram G. Ladner, Jr. Memphis, TN Admitted 1941
James E. Lambert Jackson, MS Admitted 1978
Andrew M. Landry
Brandon, MS Admitted 1966
William S. Lawson Tupelo, MS Admitted 1952
Dewie Blanton Leach Hobbs, NM Admitted 1950
Jerome F. Leavell Oxford, MS Admitted 1951
Robert Dale Lee Natchez, MS Admitted 1966
Newton Kelly McKoin D’Iberville, MS Admitted 1952
Charles O. Moore Madison, MS Admitted 1967
Emory Earl Morgan Columbia, MS Admitted 1971
Donald E. Mullen Clinton, MS Admitted 1958
Bobby G. O’Barr, Sr. Ocean Springs, MS Admitted 1958
Martha Rose Parsons
Tracy, CA Admitted 1946
Mark Johnson Pearson Memphis, TN Admitted 2003
Janice B. Perreault Pascagoula, MS Admitted 1991
Robert A. Pritchard Pascagoula, MS Admitted 1956
William M. Quin Kentwood, LA Admitted 1987
Jimmie B. Reynolds, Jr. Jackson, MS Admitted 1969
Stokes V. Robertson, Jr. Jackson, MS Admitted 1935
Leonard Harry Rosenthal Natchez, MS Admitted 1962
Joseph Carryl Seaman, Jr. Germantown, TN Admitted 1960
Susan B. Shaw Tupelo, MS Admitted 1979
Ernest O. Spencer, Jr. Jackson, MS Admitted 1953
Thomas Harris Sullivan, Jr. Mendenhall, MS Admitted 1956
Lester F. Sumners New Albany, MS Admitted 1950
Joseph Lee Tennyson Charleston, MS Admitted 1964
J. Stanford Terry Vicksburg, MS Admitted 1948
J.B. VanSlyke, Jr. Hattiesburg, MS Admitted 1968
Thomas G. Wallace Columbus, MS Admitted 1968
Sharon S. Walters Picayune, MS Admitted 1983
Richard Thomas Watson Ferriday, LA Admitted 1950
Jack Harvey Young, Jr. Jackson, MS Admitted 1969