Former NCRA member Rudolph Emil passed away

The Sun-Sentinel reported on Oct. 31 that Rudolph Emil, a former court stenographer and past member of NCRA, passed away on Oct. 7.

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Former NCRA member Earnest D. Cross passed away

The reported that former NCRA member Earnest D. Cross, 89, passed away on Oct. 16 in Chattanooga, Tenn. Cross served for 25 years as a court reporter in Criminal Court for Hamilton County.

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Husband of NCRA 2019 CASE Educator of the Year passes away

The Chicago Tribune reported on Aug. 20 that Joseph Paul Dorchack, husband of NCRA’s 2019 CASE Educator of the Year Peg Sokalski-Dorchack, RPR, passed away. Sokalski-Dorchak is the court reporting program director for MacCormac College in Chicago, Ill.

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Past NCRA member Lynn T. Jones passes

The Billings Gazette reported on Aug. 22 that past NCRA member Lynn T. Jones, 97, died on Aug. 19. Jones was the first stenograph (machine) court reporter in Montana.

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Former NCRA member Beverly Hunsaker passes

Fauquier Now reported on July 25 that former NCRA member and firm owner Beverly Hunsaker passed away on July 23 at her home in Gainesville, Va. 

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Former NCRA member Lynn Dyll Peppel passes

On June 19, The Vindicator reported that former NCRA member Lynn Dyll Peppel passed away on June 15 in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Viola Lundberg Stafford remembered

Viola Lundberg Stafford passed away May 23, 2019, at the Medical Center of Aurora, Colo. 

Stafford was an active member of both NCRA and Colorado Shorthand Reporters Association (CSRA) for many years. Her membership at NCRA began in November 1969, and she was a member for at least 30 consecutive years before retiring from practicing as a verbatim stenographic reporter. She then became a Lifetime Retired Member. Her tenure at NCRA included earning the Certificate of Merit, the symbol of a court reporter who took her craft seriously and proudly. Her service at CSRA as treasurer and chief examiner spoke volumes of her dedication to the profession – she was involved, passionate, and committed.

Retired NCRA member Gerald Nevitt passes away

The Washington Post reported on April 28 that retired Lifetime NCRA member Gerald Nevitt, 86, RPR, formerly of Silver Spring, Md., and an official court reporter at the U.S. District Court House from 1958 to 1973 in Washington, D.C., passed away March 20 at his home in Palm Bay, Fla.

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Retired NCRA member Kenneth Blaine Meyers passes

NCRA lifetime retired member Kenneth Blaine Meyers, a former freelance and official court reporter and past president of the Washington State Court Reporters Association, passed away April 17, according to an obituary posted April 24 by the In his spare time, Ken loved fishing, hunting, camping, snowmobiling, and traveling.

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Remembering Bobby Joe “B.J.” Davis

Bobby Joe “B.J.” Davis, passed away March 29.

Bobby Joe Davis was born Sept. 30, 1938, in New Albany, Miss. He died after a battle with cancer on March 29. He and his wife, Ann, resided in Goodlettsville. He is survived by Ann and his two sons, Greg and Brad, and their families.

B.J. started court reporting in 1965 in Dallas, Texas. He was a principal in a large reporting firm in Dallas, United American Reporting, before “retiring” and moving to Tennessee to join Cleeton Davis in 1995, where he worked until taking a break in November of 2017 to receive treatment for his cancer. B.J. was a friend, encourager, and mentor to many, many reporters from Texas to Tennessee.

Celebration of Life Service: Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m. visitation

Luton United Methodist Church

8363 Old Springfield Pike

Goodlettsville, TN 37072

Donations may be made to Adoration Foundation, 545 Mainstream Drive, Suite 412, Nashville, TN 37228