Stanley Morton CHERNAU

CHERNAU, Stanley Morton Passed away May 15th, 2010 after an extended illness. Born in 1933 to Samuel and Sara Chernau in Montgomery, AL. Stan spent his early life in Oak Park, IL. He attended Vanderbilt University where he played freshman basketball, and later graduated from Vanderbilt Law School in 1956 at the age of 22, being the youngest at the Tennessee Bar at that time. After spending two years in Army Counter Intelligence, he returned to Nashville where he began practicing law with the late Louis Leftwich and Raymond Denney; later with Vaden Lackey, and most recently, he partnered with Linda Burnsed and Garry Chaffin. Engaged in civil trial practice throughout his career, Stan appeared before local and federal courts plus the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals and in 1993, he argued a landmark case before the United States Supreme Court. Throughout his life, he proudly served on many boards and committees, and was the past president of the Family and Children's Service and the Tennessee cystic Fibrosis Association. Until his retirement in 2009, Stan was an outspoken and strong advocate for his clients, but will be best remembered for his keen intelligence, quick wit, and wonderful sense of humor. Though ill at ease in crowds, he was most comfortable around a bargaining table or standing in a courtroom arguing before judge and jury. But his greatest joy was to be with close friends and family, especially his wife of 100 years, the former Betsy Jonas, and his children and grandchildren, Michael and Katie Chernau, Andrea, Liza and Stephanie of Richmond, VA, and Suzanne and Eric Pilsk, David and Natalie of Takoma Park, MD. He is also survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Nanci and Ted Weil of Greenville, NC; brother, Jimmy Chernau and sister-in-law, Doris Appleby; brother-in-law, Joel Morris and many loving nieces, nephews and cousins. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Family and Children's Service; Alive Hospice at St. Thomas Hospital; The Suzanne J. Morris Fund at The Temple, 5015 Harding Road; or the Community Foundation of Nashville Flood Relief. A graveside service will be held 2 p.m. today, May 18, 2010 at Temple Cemetery, conducted by Rabbi Mark Schiftan. MARSHALL DONNELLY COMBS, (615) 327-1111.

Published in The Tennessean on May 18, 2010