Attorney Jack Foley dies at 75

Prominent Nashville attorney Jonathan (Jack) Foley, 75, died Saturday morning after a long illness.

Services for Mr. Foley are scheduled for 11 AM tomorrow at St. George’s Episcopal Church

Mr. Foley practice law in Nashville for 40 years, until his retirement in  1989. He was a senior partner in the Foley and Weiss law firm and former president of Tennessee title lawyers Association.

A native of Brooklyn, New York, who moved to Nashville in early childhood, Mr. Foley attended Montgomery University. He was then commissioned an Officer in the U.S. Navy and saw firsthand the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

He served throughout World War II in the Pacific and was awarded a Purple Heart for wounds received in combat and a Presidential Citation for bravery for his duty in battle on the USS San Francisco.

After the war, Mr. Foley was discharged with the rank of Commander and attended Vanderbilt Law School. He joined the Naval Reserve as a member of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, the Navy’s legal branch.

Mr. Foley served as a President of the Tennessee Council of Navy Leagues before he retired from the Reserves in 1979.

He was also an avid sportsman who founded the Middle Tennessee Field Trial Association and served as a president of the group.

Mr. Foley was a member of St. George’s Episcopal Church and was an active volunteer for St. Luke’s Community Center.

Survivors include his wife, Harriet, a daughter, Betty Wentworth, Nashville; a son, Jonathan Joseph Foley III, Atlanta; five grandchildren and two step grandchildren.

Visitation is 10 AM to 11 AM tomorrow at St. George’s Episcopal Church. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Meals on Wheels at St. Luke’s Community Center.


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