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2014 - 15 Memorials Committee



Arranges and provides memorial services for deceased Bar members in open court when the families so desire. 




2014-15 Chair

2014-15 Vice-Chair

Fred P. Parker IV 

Rolly L. Chambers




Class of 2016

Class of 2017

Committee Contributors

Tonya L. Urps

Randall S. Hoose Jr.

Jonathan E. Buchan Jr.

Geraldine Sumter

M. Janelle Lyons

George V. Hanna III


Staff Liaison

Sara Taylor Moore, Member Networking & Sponsorship Coordinator-



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2013-14 Memorials Committee Report
George V. Hanna III, Co-Chair and Jon E. Buchan Jr., Co-Chair

For a number of years, it has been our Bar's tradition to honor the memory of members of the Bar who have died during the year. When the family desires, a memorial ceremony is conducted for a deceased member at a special session of the Superior Court, presided over by one of our resident superior court judges (or occasionally a district court judge), and attended by the deceased member's family and friends, the president of the Bar, a co-chair of the Memorials Committee and other members of the Bar.

On behalf of the Memorials Committee, a designated member of the Bar prepares and presents at this memorial ceremony a special resolution commemorating the life and services of the deceased member which becomes a permanent record in the minutes of the Court. The Court also invites friends and colleagues to make informal remarks or to share recollections about the deceased member which often results in moving memories and tributes. The Court is subsequently adjourned in memory of the deceased member.

In 2012, the MCB Memorials Committee worked with Courthouse Liaisons, Judges and the Bar to continue providing Memorial Services for the members below. The MCB has posted all memorial resolution documents to read. The resolutions are also available at the Mecklenburg County Bar & Foundation Center in bound volumes. Additionally, the family and presenter are now given an audio CD of the memorial service.

During the past year, proceedings have been conducted for the following deceased members of our Bar:

Deceased Member

Memorial Proceeding

Resolution Presenter

Presiding Judge

Harold J. Bender

September 26, 2013

Hon. Robert J. Conrad Jr., Hon. Max O. Cogburn Jr. & E. Fitzgerald Parnell

Hon. Richard D. Boner

Francis J. Blanchfield Jr.

May 15, 2014

Hon. Robert J. Conrad Jr. & Kenneth D. Bell

Hon. Richard D. Boner

Julius L. Chambers

April 4, 2014

James E. Ferguson II & Geraldine Sumter

Hon. Yvonne Mims Evans & Hon. Frank D. Whitney

Joseph Allie Hayes

January 23, 2014

Kevin Anderson

Hon. Richard D. Boner

Robert F. Rush

April 17, 2014

H. Parks Helms

Hon. Richard D. Boner

Gibson L. Smith Jr.

February 27, 2014

A. Ward McKeithen

Hon. Richard D. Boner


The Committee extends special thanks and appreciation to the judges who presided on these occasions, to those members of the Bar who have prepared and presented the resolutions, to the Bar members and family and friends who have attended these memorial proceedings and to Linda Brooks and Julie Mulhall who have handled the various arrangements necessary to the continuing of this fine tradition of the Bar.



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