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In Memory Of Our Poets

Fred Acuff (1946-2013) - Class Of 1964

Fred Moseley Acuff, Jr., 67, died Friday, December 6, 2013 surrounded by family. He was born on July 12, 1946 in Montgomery, Alabama to Fred Moseley Acuff, Sr. and Sue Lovell Acuff. He attended Sydney Lanier High School in Montgomery and The University of Alabama, where he received Bachelor of Science and Juris Doctor degrees.

In 1971, he began his legal career with the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, DC. In 1973, he moved to Memphis to commence his private practice. Fred was a partner at Humphreys, Dunlap, Wellford, Acuff & Stanton, LLC from 1979 until 2004, when it merged with the firm now known as Farris Bobango, where Fred was a partner for the remainder of his career.

He was on the Board of Directors of the Wesley Senior Ministries Foundation, a member of the Lawyers Journal Club and past Chairman of the Tennessee Bar Association's Litigation Section.

Fred was a consummate gentleman with a fundamental sense of fairness. He enjoyed studying history and current affairs, and was an avid and knowledgeable outdoorsman. He had a gentle demeanor and was known for his patience, reserve, and ability to impart wisdom to others.

Fred is survived by his wife, Ginger, daughters, Heath Acuff Elrod (John) and Mary "Mimi" Acuff Hoffman (Josh), grandchildren, John, Mac, and Caroline, brother Steve (Montie), nephews David and Andrew (Katy), and numerous friends.

Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 10th at Canale Funeral Directors. Funeral service will be 1 p.m. on Wednesday, December 11th at Grace St. Luke's Episcopal Church. Memorials can be sent to Wesley Senior Ministries Foundation or Grace St. Luke's Episcopal Church.

Canale Funeral Directors
2700 Union Avenue Extended
Memphis, TN, US, 38112
(901) 452-6400

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08/05/14 12:35 PM #1    

Alicia Sweetnam (Lorange) (1964)

I remember Fred Acuff's name and would like to remember him. I think he was our class president. If not, then he had those qualities. He was a nice senior, a nice-looking, active, together guy. I think he had very light brown hair, or dark blonde. (He had great hair. Senior girls notice those things.) After 50 years, his name still lingers in my mind, even though I didn't know him well. Therefore, he made a good impression. I was sad to read he is not now with us. My warm regards to his family.

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