Verna Opal Longmire
The firm, as well as the entire Knoxville legal community, was saddened by the February 28, 2009 death of Cecil D. Meek, Jr. He was 74 years years of age. Mr. Meek graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1959. Mr. Meek, was a member of the Tennessee Air National Guard 134th Fighter Group, a Lieutenant in the United States Air Force, and a United States Federal Prosecutor. Mr. Meek was an active partner in the Firm of Haynes, Meek & Summers up until his death. (Thank you to the Knoxville Bar Association for providing this biography.)
We couldn't have a Memorial without honoring Opal Longmire. Opal worked as an Assistant to Cecil D. Meek, Jr's father, Cecil D. Meek, Sr., during his career, and then worked for Joe Haynes until they both retired in 1991. Opal also died in 2009. It is with special fondness we remember Opal.
Joe R. Haynes, Jr.
The firm, as well as the entire Knoxville legal community, was saddened by the May 20, 2009 death of Joe R. Haynes, Jr. He was 88 years of age. Mr. Haynes graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1948, after serving as a B-17 Pilot in the United States Army Air Corps in World War II. He began his practice in the office of Cecil D. Meek, Sr., and was one of the founding members of Haynes, Meek & Summers. In 2004, Mr. Haynes received the Knoxville Bar Governor's Award for his exemplary legal career. Mr. Haynes and his beautiful wife Reba shared a love for the mountains, and over a period of 20 years they hiked more than 8,500 miles, mostly in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. (Thank you to the Knoxville Bar Association for providing this biography.)
We wish to remember and honor Joe R. Haynes and Cecil D. Meek, Jr., two of the founding partners of Haynes Meek & Summers. 2009 was a sad year for our firm, and we acknowledge that Knoxville lost two amazing lawyers that year. Ed and Courtney had the pleasure of working with Joe and Cecil for numerous years, and it is with their integrity and love of the law that we strive to continue on.
Cecil D. Meek, Jr.