Obituaries for Tues., Dec. 4, 2018

Published 12:46 am Tuesday, December 4, 2018


It is with profound sadness that we report the sudden passing of Richard L. Wyatt, Jr. on Nov. 29, 2018. He was 65 years old.

Richard was a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP and served as co-head of its litigation department. He was a devoted father and a highly accomplished lawyer who served myriad high profile clients and mentored many young attorneys as they grew to become leaders in their field.

Richard was born on March 16, 1953, in Andalusia, Ala., to the late Richard Leslie Wyatt, Sr., and Katherine Genelle Worley Wyatt. His family has been rooted in South Alabama for many generations. From his early years he fondly remembered summers spent with his grandparents, Martin and Lillian Wyatt, on their farm in Rose Hill, Alabama. His grandfather was a great influence on his life and through him Richard gained his love for Southern humor and wit. He often quoted Jerry Clower and Lewis Grizzard when spending time with his family and close friends.

Richard graduated from Andalusia High School in 1971. Later, he graduated from Auburn University in 1975, with a BA in economics and earned his JD from Emory University School of Law in 1979. Following law school, Richard worked at the law firm of Fisher Phillips in Atlanta, Ga. In 1987, he joined Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and practiced there for 21 years, serving as a member of its management committee and as head of its litigation department.

In 2008, Richard joined Hunton & Williams LLP (now Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP) in Washington, as co-head of its litigation, intellectual property, competition and labor practice groups. Over his decades-long legal career he served as strategic and lead counsel to both plaintiffs and defendants, and argued numerous appellate cases, including before the U.S. Supreme Court. He was admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court; the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fifth, Sixth, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits; and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York.

Richard was a great advocate and friend to many. Hunton Andrews Kurth Managing Partner Wally Martinez said, “An incredibly gifted lawyer and strategist, Richard made our firm stronger. I am not referring only to the clients he attracted. Richard made us stronger and better by developing and supporting, amazing lawyers; he made us stronger and better by pushing us to think outside the box in terms of the business of law; and he made us stronger and better by showing us that clients need their lawyers to think about broader solutions as opposed to merely taking care of the case or deal at hand.”

In addition to his legal career, Richard generously supported many organizations and charitable causes. He was a long-time supporter of the Benedictine School in Ridgely, Md. He established a scholarship at the Emory University School of Law in honor of his mentor, Erle Phillips, and recently established an endowment, the Richard L. Wyatt Professorship in the College of Liberal Arts, at Auburn University. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Richard is survived by is beloved children, Richard John Wyatt and Lillian Riley Wyatt of Potomac, Md., his devoted partner Nicole Davis, and his brothers, David Martin Wyatt and Terry Allen Wyatt of Andalusia, Ala.

Visitation was from 5 p.m., to 8 p.m., Mon., Dec. 3, at Pumphrey Funeral Home, 7557 Wisconsin Avenue in Bethesda, Md. Funeral services will be held on Tue., Dec. 4, at 1 p.m., at St. Francis Episcopal Church, 10033 River Road, Potomac, Md. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association. A local graveside service will be held at 11 a.m., Mon., Dec. 10, at Mt. Gilead Cemetery in Rose Hill. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m., at Foreman Funeral Home on Monday December 10.

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Mr. James Calvin Lee, 67, of Red Level, passed away Sun., Dec. 2, 2018, at Andalusia Hospital.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Wed. Dec. 5, from Foreman Funeral Home Chapel with interment in Sweet Home Cemetery in McKenzie. Brother Alan Joyner will officiate the service. Visitation will be from 6 p.m., until 8 p.m., Tuesday at Foreman Funeral Home.

He is survived by his wife, Kathy Skipper Lee of Red Level; his children, Amanda Lee and her fiance’ Michael Hanks, Joey and Ashley Taylor Lee; his siblings; Virginia Karnes, Emma (Lorenza) Colvin, Diann (Vernon) Hood, Joseph “Buck” (Karen W.) Lee; his inlaws, Mitchell (Veta W.) Skipper, JoAnn Skipper Black, Larry (Sandy C.) Skipper; and grandchildren, Dylan James Scruggs, Sawyer Marion Lee, Jasper Quenton Lee, Faulkner Hamilton Lee.

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Betty Anne Wahl

Betty Anne Wahl, age 92, native and lifelong resident of Fairhope, Alabama, passed away Sunday, December 2, 2018.

Betty was member of Order of the Eastern Star, Fairhope United Methodist Church, and Thomas Hospital Auxiliary.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Wahl; parents, Brad and Helen Niemeyer; and daughter-in-law, Mamie Wahl.

She is survived by her daughter, Sue (Ken) Sumner of Fairhope; son, Randy Wahl of Andalusia; sister, Lois McCarthy of Fairhope; five grandchildren, Brad Wahl of Birmingham, Todd Wahl of Andalusia, Adam (Leanne) Wahl of Germany, Margaret (Chris) Key of Daphne, and Randy (Stephanie) McKee of Daphne; eight great-grandchildren; one great-great granddaughter; other loving relatives and friends.

Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 11 at Memory Gardens of Fairhope.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Fairhope United Methodist Church.

Arrangements by Wolfe-Bayview Funeral Homes and Crematory, Fairhope, Alabama.