Anna Lee Kirby Nigro

April 30, 1919August 22, 2012

Nigro, Ann Kirby –age 93 of Knoxville, passed away on Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at Ft. Sanders Hospital. Ann was a graduate of the University of Tennessee and the College of Law in 1943, where she was the first woman to receive the Moot Court Medal. After college she practiced law two years at Southern and Southern, Attorneys at Law, prior to opening a law firm with her husband, Judge Joseph J. Nigro. Ann and Joe were partners with Jim Haynes and later George Balitsaris. All three men became judges during their careers. Ann was a member of the Knoxville Bar Association and the Tennessee Bar Association. She was a charter member of the East Tennessee Toastmistress Club. She was the second person in Knoxville to become a member of The National Association of Parliamentarians and later one of the two co-founders of the Tennessee Alpha Unit of the National Association of Parliamentarians. Ann was a public speaker for civic clubs and other organizations for 40 years. Member of Knoxville Women’s Choral Society, Association for the Preservation of Antiquities and Colonial Heights United Methodist Church joining in 1959. Ann was appointed head of the speakers bureau for the Knox Clean Air League. She was on the Constitutional Bicentennial Commission for Knoxville and Knox County. Preceded in death by husband, Judge Joseph J. Nigro; parents, V.C. Kirby, Sr. and Leona S. Kirby; three brothers and two sisters. Ann is survived by daughter; Joanne Nigro Simpson; grandson, Rob Simpson; sister, Wilda K. Alazawi-Barr; special niece, Gina Alazawi and husband, Jeff Ledford; several other nieces and nephews too numerous to mention; brothers-in-law, Anthony Clemente, Hikmat Alazawi; and sister-in-law, Angie Nigro. The family will receive friends from 12 Noon-2PM in the chapel of Berry Funeral Home, Chapman Highway on Saturday, August 25, 2012. Funeral service will follow at 2:00 PM, Rev. John Brewster officiating. Inurnment to follow at Woodlawn Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Colonial Heights United Methodist Church, 6321 Chapman Highway, Knoxville, Tennessee 37920 or to Grassy Valley Baptist Church, 10637 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, Tennessee 37922. Condolences may be offered at


  • Visitation Saturday, August 25, 2012
  • Memorial Service Saturday, August 25, 2012

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Nora Gainer

September 16, 2012

Ann is such a wonderful person and loves her familly so much. She was always so sharp when we would chat and kept up to the minute on all the world events. I will sorely miss her.

phillip kirby

September 8, 2012

sorry i could not be there.

Hartzog Mr.&Mrs.David

August 28, 2012

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Carol (Ron) Kirby

August 27, 2012

I'm so sorry to hear about Ann's death.
She was always good to me. I will keep you in my thoughts & prayers.

August 26, 2012

Joanie & Rob,Mrs.& Mr.Nigro will always have a special place in all our hearts,love & prayers to all,Gail Blazier,Sharon Blazier Baxter,Crystal Baxter,Donnie Blazier

August 25, 2012

I remember Ann very well from her days at Southern and Southern. She and Martin Southern's secretary, my aunt Anna Belle Bowling, were great friends. Ann was a delightful lady.
Neil Southern (Martin's son)

August 25, 2012

Hi, Joannie. Chuck and Wanda Ketron here. We were saddened to hear of Ann's death and sorry that we can't be there for her service. We are currently in Ft. Myers, Florida. We just wanted you to know that we are thinking of you. Our church family always support our member families and I'm sure that will be the case for you as well. God Bless and know that you all are in our prayers.
Chuck & Wanda Ketron

Barbara Nichols

August 24, 2012

I am so very sorry about the loss of your Mother. Our family thought so much of both of your parents.

August 24, 2012

Joanne and Rob:
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
H2H Love , Lucious & Chuck- Chattanooga Tennessee

Bobbye Edwards

August 24, 2012

I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. There are some beautiful pictures for memories of both your parents.
Bobbye Edwards