2015 - 16 Memorials Committee



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






2015-16 Chair

2015-16 Vice-Chair

Fred P. Parker IV 

Rolly L. Chambers







Class of 2016

Class of 2017

Class of 2018

Tonya L. Urps

Randall S. Hoose Jr.

Hon. Robert J. Conrad

Geraldine Sumter

M. Janelle Lyons

Hon. Fritz Y. Mercer Jr.






Committee Contributors
Johnathan E. Buchan Jr.
George V. Hanna III


Staff Liaisons

Katie Guenther, Communications & Events Assistant Coordinator - kguenther@meckbar.org 



Communications Committee Liasion
Randall Hoose




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2014-15 Memorials Committee Report
Fred Parker, Chair and Rolly Chambers, 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 2014-15, 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

Alton G. Murchison III

August 28, 2014

Glenn E. Ketner Jr.

Hon. Yvonne Mims Evans

Lewis H. Parham

September 11, 2014

Raymond L. Lancaster

Hon. Yvonne Mims Evans

Thomas D. Windsor

March 19, 2015

Hon. Fritz Y. Mercer Jr.

Hon. W. Robert Bell

Frank J. Murphy

April 2, 2015

Victor A. Warnement

Hon. Lisa C. Bell

C. Sydnor Thompson

April 23, 2015

Mark R. Bernstein

Hon. W. Robert Bell

Christy Eve Reid

April 30, 2015

Graham D. Holding Jr.

Hon. Louis A. Bledsoe III

Neil C. Cooksey

June 11, 2015

Hon. Peter J. McGrath

Hon. Linwood O. Foust


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 Julie Mulhall who has handled the various arrangements necessary to the continuing of this fine tradition of the Bar.