Charles Hayes Cooney

April 4, 1937June 5, 2018

Charles Hayes Cooney, age 81 of Nashville, passed away on Tuesday, June 05, 2018 following a brief illness. He was born on April 25, 1937 to the late Annie Lee and Robert G. Cooney. Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by brother, Robert G. Cooney, Jr.

Surviving family includes wife, Patsy Mercer Cooney; daughter, Susan Stumb Cooney; son, Charles Hayes Cooney, Jr.; step-daughters, Mercer Leggett and Amy Leggett Bass. Hayes was also the loving step-grandfather to Polly Bass, Edie Bass, and Jack Bass, IV.

A native Nashvillian, Hayes attended Parmer School, Montgomery Bell Academy, Vanderbilt University, and Vanderbilt School of Law. He held the position of Chief Deputy in the Tennessee State Attorney General’s office for 15 years before joining the law firm Watkins, McNeilly where he specialized in medical malpractice defense. He enjoyed a very fulfilling life in law for over 50 years. A graveside service will be held on Thursday, June 7th at 3:00pm at Mount Olivet Cemetery with Dr. Ben Jordan officiating.

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  • Graveside Service Thursday, June 7, 2018

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Ed Holt

June 6, 2018

We are deeply sadden by the loss of my good friend, classmate and fraternity brother, Hayes Cooney. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Ed and Lois Holt

David Parker

June 6, 2018

I knew Hayes from the time he was in the AG's office and for the remainder of his years in private practice. He was always friendly, courteous and outgoing. A very good and able lawyer. In later years, I ran into him on a daily basis at Walgreen's in the Arcade.

David Young Parker