Dickson Lawyer CLYDE DOUGLAS CLUCK died Jan. 2 at the age of 80. Before graduating from the YMCA Night Law School in 1971, Cluck completed stints in the U.S. Army, as a juvenile probation officer and as director of education for the state Division of Youth Services and Department of Corrections. He later was named assistant commissioner of Youth Services and then director of parole, a position he held until his retirement. Following retirement, he worked as a part-time assistant district attorney in the 23rd Judicial District for 13 years. Donations may be made to the First Baptist Church of Dickson’s Odds & Ends Class Benevolent Fund, American Cancer Society or a charity of choice.

Memphis lawyer ALLEN COX DUNSTAN died Jan. 5 at age 69. A graduate of Vanderbilt University and the Vanderbilt Law School, Dunstan started his legal career at Evans Petree Cobb and Edwards. For the last 25 years, he was a partner at Harkavy Shainberg Kaplan & Dunstan. The family requests memorial donations be sent to Church Health Center.

Memphis lawyer KEVIN PAUL HENSON, 49, died Jan. 3. A graduate of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, Henson worked as a criminal defense attorney in Memphis and was an avid traveler and adventurer. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be sent to the Memphis Humane Society or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Memphis lawyer THOMAS ROBINSON JAMES died Jan. 1 at the age of 87. A 1952 graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School, James joined with his brother-in-law and a classmate to form the law firm of Adams, James & Weldon and practiced there for 20 years. He later founded the firm of James, Ray & McEvoy and then served for many years with the law firm of Walt, Dyer & James. Father to a daughter with special needs, James worked locally and at the state level to enhance opportunities for the disabled, including pushing a law mandating an education for every child. Donations may be made to the disability support group SRVS or Christian Brothers High School.

Longtime Knoxville lawyer EDWIN HOPE “E. H.” RAYSON JR died Jan. 7 at 93. Rayson served as an officer in the U.S. Navy before attending the University of Tennessee College of Law. He graduated in 1948 and formed the firm of Johnson & Rayson with a classmate. In 1949, he joined the firm Kramer, McNabb & Greenwood (which would become Kramer Rayson) and became a partner in 1950. Rayson practiced in the areas of labor and employment law. Contributions may be made to Legal Aid of East Tennessee.

Nashville attorney BRADLEY GORDON SMITH died Dec. 15 at the age of 55. Smith often served as a moderator at TBA CLEs and was the longtime companion of former TBA staff member Becky Rhodes. Anyone with photos or stories about Smith is encouraged to email them to or mail them to Rhodes at 1425 Bell Trace Dr., Antioch, TN 37013.

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