Kyle Richard Weems, 82, of Chattanooga, passed away Thursday at Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga.
He was born May 30, 1937, in Baileyton, Greene County, to Howard Franklin Weems and Madge Holland Weems, both now deceased. His beloved aunt, Willie G. Weems, also preceded him in death.
He is survived by his son: Richard T. Weems; his daughter: Catherine Seiters, of Austin, Texas; a grandson: Samuel Thomas Weems; his former wife and mother of his children: Catherine “Cathy” Weems; his former wife: Eleanor “Ellie” Weems; a sister: Joyce Smith, of Greeneville; a brother: Stanley T. Weems, of Baileyton; his administrative assistant: Linda May; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Kyle was educated in the public schools of Greene County, the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and the University of Tennessee, College of Law. While at University of Tennessee, he was president of his fraternity, Pi Kappa Phi, and active in student politics and student government as a member and officer of SGA. While at UT, he began to play duplicate and tournament bridge and continued for many years. He accumulated more than 9,000 master points in the American Contract Bridge League, and he won more than 50 major bridge championships in Mexico, Canada, and within the United States. He was in the top one percent of all members of the ACBL lifetime in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.
Following UT law school, Kyle became an officer in the U.S. Army as a 1st Lieutenant in the Judge Advocate General Corps. He completed the basic officer infantry course at Fort Benning, Georgia, and the 37th Special JAGC class at Charlottesville, Virginia. He served as a Lieutenant and then Captain in the Pentagon during the Vietnam War. He was awarded the Army Commendation Medal. He continued as a reserve officer for 6 years, concluding his service as a Major attached to U.S. Army Garrison. He is a life member and former president of the Chattanooga Chapter, Military Officers Association of America.
Kyle began his legal career in Chattanooga with the law firm of Roberts, Weill & Ellis which ultimately became Weill & Weems. Later, he branched out on his own with smaller firms, and practiced with several different partners and associates over the years. He was a well-known bankruptcy attorney specializing in Chapter 11 business reorganizations. He has been one of the lead attorneys in more than 250 Chapter 11 cases in Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia and on some occasions Florida and Texas. He was a member of the 3rd class, American College of Bankruptcy. He served as a Chapter 7 trustee in Chattanooga for more than 25 years. He has been listed in “Best Attorneys in America” for more than 35 years. He was a director and director emeritus of the Southeastern Bankruptcy Law Institute for more than 35 years.
Kyle was a member of the First Centenary United Methodist Church and a member of the Morgan class.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Centenary United Methodist Church, 419 McCallie Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37402; or to Fairview Cumberland Presbyterian Church Building Fund, c/o Bennie Malone, 4040 Snapps Ferry Road, Afton, TN 37616.
The family will receive friends Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. at Jeffers Funeral & Cremation Service, downtown. The funeral service will follow at 7 p.m. in Jeffers Downtown Chapel with the Rev. Ronnie Duncan officiating.
The Greene County Honor Guard will conduct a military graveside service Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Zion Cemetery at Baileyton. Family and friends are asked to meet at the funeral home at 10 a.m. to go in procession to the cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Stewart Weems, Timmy Weems, Jerry Weems, Clark Weems, Allen Weems, Jerome Woolsey, Joe Light and Bernie Lynn Holland.
Thoughts and memories may be shared with the family at www.jeffersmortuary.com.