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Walter Woods Bussart

April 16, 1942 — October 25, 2022

Nashville

 

Walter Woods Bussart passed away peacefully at his home in Nashville, TN, on Tuesday, October 25, 2022. Walter received many honors throughout his life, but his proudest distinction was attorney-at-law.  After graduating from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1966, Walter clerked for Justice Thomas Dyer of the Tennessee Supreme Court. He then began his law practice in Lewisburg, Tennessee, under the tutelage of Bill Lloyd. He later founded his own practice, Bussart Law Firm. Over his distinguished career, he partnered in law practice with notable lawyers, including Fred Thompson, Barbara Medley, and his daughter, Lee Bussart. He was recognized as a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, a preeminent honor reserved for 1% of the state’s attorneys. His passion for service to the profession led him to serve as Speaker of the House of Delegates for the Tennessee Bar Association.  Walter was elected to the Tennessee House of Representatives and served in the 90th General Assembly. He was also chosen as the Marshall County General Sessions Judge in 1972 and later appointed to the Tennessee Court of Appeals in 1997. Even with all these accolades to his name, no position was higher or more satisfying to him than the practice of law to which he dedicated himself for 56 years.

He joined the Tennessee National Guard and claimed the Erickson Trophy for the State of Tennessee, presented annually to the Distinguished Graduates of each State National Guard Officer Candidate School. Over 32 years of service, he developed lifelong friendships with other Judge Advocate Generals and rose to the rank of Colonel.

Walter was born in Belfast, Tennessee, on April 16, 1942, to Mary Gertrude Woods Bussart and Christopher Leo Bussart. He is preceded in death by his parents and his younger brother, Christopher “Christy” Leo Bussart, Jr. Walter graduated from Marshall County High School in 1960 with the finest classmates ever known.

Walter attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, where he joined the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity. He served as Worthy Master and created lasting friendships with his ATO brothers. He was invited into the Scarabbean Senior Society and served as President of the Student Body of UTK. Outside the courtroom, he was happiest in Knoxville singing Rocky Top in Neyland Stadium.

Walter served two terms as President of Richland Country Club, enjoying the members' fellowship and the staff's friendship.

Walter is survived by his two daughters, Brittain Anne Bussart of Chattanooga and Catherine Lee Bussart (Sam Smith) of Cornersville, his grandchildren, Mary Adella Youmans (Addie), currently attending college in Bloomington, Indiana, Kate Dorothy Youmans currently attending college in Savannah, Georgia, and Samuel Walter Smith of Cornersville, Tennessee. He is also survived by his companion, Barbara Kellett.

Visitation will be held Friday, October 28, from 11-2 at Bills-McGaugh Hamilton Funeral Home in Lewisburg, Tennessee, with funeral services beginning at 2:00 pm. Interment will be at Round Hill Cemetery in Belfast, Tennessee, following the funeral. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Marshall County Recovery Court Foundation, P.O. Box 1191, Lewisburg, TN  37091, St. John’s Catholic Church, 1061 S. Ellington Pkwy, Lewisburg, TN 37091, or University of Tennessee Alumni Association, alumni.utk.edu.

Active Pallbearers will be David Bussart, Logan Bussart, Sam Smith, Dick Ott, Bobby McMillen, Sammy Woodward and Barbara Medley.

Honorary Pallbearers are Bobby Beech, Grover Collins, Billy Coble, Larry Adams, Bob Clement, John Tanner, Bill Connelly, Dale Allen, David Welles, Andy Daniels, Sam Hatcher, Tinker Kelly, Debbie Liggett, Gary Morrell, Tom Parsons, Linda Jernigan, Ashley Brown, Gary Ledbetter, Bill Marsh, Eddie Wiles, First Commerce Bank Board of Directors, Richland Boys Night- Jim Kay, Bob Petty, Johnny Lee, Robert Frost, John Glennon, Larry Williams, and Don Williams, and the Marshall County High School Class of 1960.

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Service Schedule

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Visitation

Friday, October 28, 2022

11:00am - 2:00pm (Central time)

Bills-McGaugh & Hamilton Funeral Home & Crematory

755 Yell Road, Lewisburg, TN 37091

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Friday, October 28, 2022

2:00 - 3:00pm (Central time)

Bills-McGaugh & Hamilton Funeral Home & Crematory

755 Yell Road, Lewisburg, TN 37091

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Friday, October 28, 2022

3:00 - 4:00pm (Central time)

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