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File #: RS2021-929    Name:
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 4/26/2021 In control: Metropolitan Council
On agenda: 5/4/2021 Final action: 5/4/2021
Title: A resolution honoring the life of Ira Stephen "Steve" North, Sr.
Sponsors: Tonya Hancock, Freddie OConnell, John Rutherford, Bob Mendes, Thom Druffel, Jeff Syracuse, Tom Cash, Colby Sledge, Erin Evans, Larry Hagar, Bob Nash, Brett Withers, Courtney Johnston, Angie Henderson, Emily Benedict, Russ Pulley, Nancy VanReece, Zach Young, Steve Glover (resigned 3/1/2022), Zulfat Suara, Sharon Hurt, Burkley Allen, Jennifer Gamble, Kathleen Murphy, Delishia Porterfield
A resolution honoring the life of Ira Stephen "Steve" North, Sr.


WHEREAS, longtime Nashville attorney and former Davidson County Circuit Court Judge Steve North died peacefully at home in Madison, TN on December 28, 2020. He was 79 years old; and

WHEREAS, Steve North served Middle Tennessee for over 50 years as a learned judge, fierce advocate, and tireless community servant. His professional life was a never-ending quest for justice with an approach that mirrored his personal dedication to fairness, goodness, grace, and mercy; and

WHEREAS, Ira Stephen "Steve" North was born in Abilene, Texas, to Ira and Avon North of Lawrence County, Tennessee. His father Ira was the long-time minister of the Madison Church of Christ; and

WHEREAS, Steve North honed his quick wit and elite oratory skills throughout his childhood and early adult years. He graduated from Madison High School and David Lipscomb College before working his way through Vanderbilt School of Law as the minister of the Spring Hill Church of Christ in Maury County; and

WHEREAS, Steve North began his legal career at the firm of Howell & Fisher and practiced there until 1974, when he was elected Judge of the Fifth Circuit Court of Davidson County at the age of 32; and

WHEREAS, Steve North returned to private practice in 1982 as a sole practitioner and was joined by his son Mark North in 1991. They moved the North Law Offices closer to their homes in Madison in 1996, where they practiced together for 20 more years; and

WHEREAS, Steve North served as a part-time preacher and Sunday School teacher for over 50 years at congregations across Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky; and

WHEREAS, Steve North was a well-respected member of the Madison and Metro Nashville community, known for his work and contributions to nonprofit organizations and local politics; and

WHEREAS, Steve North served on the Metro Sports Authority, providing his wisdom and unique thoughtful perspective during a ...

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