Milburn, H. Ted

Former Circuit Court And Federal Judge

Friday, April 8, 2016
H. Ted Milburn
H. Ted Milburn

U.S. Circuit Judge H. Ted Milburn of Signal Mountain, Tennessee, died after a brief illness on April 1, 2016.  

Judge Milburn was born in Cleveland, Tn. on May 26, 1931.  He was the youngest of the six children of The Reverend James Earl Milburn, Sr. and Hazel Dell Shanks Milburn.  During his childhood, his family lived in many locations in East Tennessee where his father was a Methodist minister.  He spent his teenage years growing up in Chattanooga where he graduated from Chattanooga City High School in 1949.

After high school, Judge Milburn attended college at The University of Chattanooga for one year and then was awarded a scholarship for voice at Boston University where he spent one year.  He completed his B.S. at East Tennessee State University in 1953 and joined the Army serving for three years in the Army Security Agency.  Judge Milburn embarked on his lifelong pursuit of justice studying at The University of Tennessee College of Law graduating in 1959.  While at the University of Tennessee, Judge Milburn met the love of his life, Alice Elaine Dillow and they were married on August 23, 1957.

After graduation, the couple moved from Knoxville to Chattanooga to establish what became their lifelong home.  Judge Milburn joined a local law firm establishing himself as a talented and accomplished trial lawyer.

Based on his hard work and legal skill, he quickly became a partner at what became Bishop, Thomas, Leitner, Mann and Milburn.  He spent many years developing as a lawyer and especially loved being in the courtroom.  His success and fairness earned him the respect of the legal community which resulted in his appointment by Gov. Winfield Dunn to be a judge, Tennessee
Circuit Court, Div III, Hamilton County in 1973.  He subsequently won reelection, running unopposed, to this position twice. 

In 1983, Judge Milburn was appointed by President Ronald Reagan, upon the recommendation of Senator Howard Baker, as a US District Judge for the Eastern District of Tennessee sitting in Chattanooga.  The next year, President Reagan appointed him to a newly created seat as a US Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit.  During his tenure he served on and was chairperson of the Administrative Office Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States.  He served actively on the court until 1996 when he took Senior Status.

In addition to his family and his legal career, Judge Milburn's other passion was music, especially choral music.  During college, he was a member of several choirs and paid for his college education as the choir director of churches in Erwin, Chattanooga and Knoxville.  He was regularly a member of his church choir and also loved performing at holiday events at the courthouse.  After taking Senior Status from the Court and moving to the Alexian Retirement Village on Signal Mountain, he continued to sing at events up until his death.

He is preceded in death by his siblings, Mary Tilson, Ruth Clark, James (Jim) E. Milburn, Jr., William (Bill) Milburn, and his daughter Elizabeth (Lisa) Milburn.  

He is survived by his wife of almost 59 years, Elaine Milburn, their son and his wife, Blair and Susan Milburn, and his brother, Dr. Joseph (Joe) Milburn.  

The family will be holding a private memorial service for Judge Milburn.

Remembrances can be shared with the family via email at hted@cascademountain.net <mailto:hted@cascademountain.net>.  Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers can be sent to Grace Episcopal Church, 20 Belvior Ave, Chattanooga, TN 37411, where his ashes will be interred.  

Visit www.heritagechattanooga.com to share words of comfort to the family.

Arrangements are by Heritage Funeral Home, 7454 East Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, TN  37421.



Henderson, Jerry Lebron

Coffee, Hermenia E. Bloodworth "Hermie"

Brady, Terry Denise


Jerry Lebron Henderson, 63, formerly of Chattanooga, passed away on Wednesday, June 29, 2022, in a Memphis, Tennessee hospital. Arrangements will be announced by Taylor Funeral Home of ... (click for more)

Hermenia E. Bloodworth "Hermie" Coffee, of Ooltewah, Tennessee, went home to be with the Lord, Monday, June 27, 2022. She was a member of East Lake Baptist Church, Spring Creek Baptist ... (click for more)

Terry Denise Brady, 64, of Chattanooga, passed away on Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in a local hospital. Arrangements are by Taylor Funeral Home of Chattanooga, Inc. (click for more)



Obituaries

Henderson, Jerry Lebron

Jerry Lebron Henderson, 63, formerly of Chattanooga, passed away on Wednesday, June 29, 2022, in a Memphis, Tennessee hospital. Arrangements will be announced by Taylor Funeral Home of Chattanooga, Inc. (click for more)

Coffee, Hermenia E. Bloodworth "Hermie"

Hermenia E. Bloodworth "Hermie" Coffee, of Ooltewah, Tennessee, went home to be with the Lord, Monday, June 27, 2022. She was a member of East Lake Baptist Church, Spring Creek Baptist Church and later Chattanooga Valley Church of the Nazarene in Flintstone. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, ceramics, board and card games and attending her children and grandchildren’s sporting ... (click for more)

Area Obituaries

Whitted, Laura (Evensville)

Laura Whitted, 49, died on Thursday, June 30, 2022, at her residence. She was born in Crossville, Tn., on September 5, 1973. Laura attended Cumberland County High School and worked several years at the La-Z-Boy Corporation in Dayton. She loved to bass fish, work in her garden growing vegetables and flowers. Laura loved to go to yard sales and doing crafts. She was of the Baptist ... (click for more)

King, Margaret Louise (Dayton)

Margaret Louise King, 91, of Dayton, Tennessee, passed away on Wednesday, June 29, 2022. She was preceded in death by her parents: Harlen and Norma King, daughter-in-law: Mary King, grandson: Les Sykes, granddaughter: Deborah Shelton, five sisters, and two brothers. She is survived by her son: Larry King of Dayton, grandson: Steven King of Knoxville, several great-grandchildren, ... (click for more)

Breaking News

EPA Awarding Brownfield Grant At Site Of Planned Lookouts Stadium

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Deputy Administrator Janet McCabe on Wednesday is set to present the city of Chattanooga with Brownfield program cleanup and assessment grants at the site of a planned new $79.5 million stadium to be used by the Lookouts. The press conference will be at the U.S. Pipe/Wheland site. The grant is "to help spur economic revitalization ... (click for more)

$79.5 Million Stadium Touted As Catalyst For Major Project At Long-Blighted Wheland/U.S. Pipe Site; Lookouts To Pay $1 Million Annually To Lease "Community" Stadium

More than 100 acres of the long-neglected U.S. Pipe and Wheland Foundry sites "will begin transforming into a world-class live-work-play district that will generate more than $40 million for schools," Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger and Chattanooga Mayor Tim Kelly announced at a press conference at the site on Thursday. Flanked by nationally renowned master developer Jim ... (click for more)