Zenas Newton Estes was born on 6 December 1877 at Memphis, Tennessee, the son of Zenas Newton Estes and Janet Walker Collier. Husband of Margaret Deering Despard.
He Died non Battle 23 February 1943 in Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee at the Baptist Hospital of myocardial insufficiency.
He is buried at Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis, TN

Captain Estes was stationed at Camp Gordon, Georgia, Camp Pike, Arkansas and Hobroken, New Jersey. He served overseas during WWI from 15 July 1918 to 26 September 1919 in France.

The Commercial Appeal, 24 Feb. 1943
Services for Z. Newton Estes, former Shelby County attorney general, retired Army captain and Memphis attorney for many years who died at Baptist Hospital at 12:25 o’clock yesterday afternoon will be held at the grave in Elmwood tomorrow morning at 10 o’clock. He was 65.
Mr. Estes was a native of Memphis, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Z.N. Estes Sr., and after graduating from the University of Virginia returned here to practice law. He was elected attorney general in 1910 and joined the Army and entered an officers training camp. After being commissioned a captain he was sent to France with the 82nd Division and saw action in the Argonne and St. Mihiel. Captain Estes was gassed in both offensives. He remained in the Army after the Armistice and received a  permanent commission in 1920. For awhile he was stationed in Europe as a diplomatic courier and later transferred to Schofield Barracks in Hawaii. He retired from the Army in December, 1927, and returned to Memphis to practice law again. He was long a star athlete and fond of sports events, but for the past two years was in poor health. He entered Baptist Hospital last Tuesday from his home, 1304 Jefferson. He leaves two sons, Richard Despard and Newton Collier Estes who are attending Pomfret College in Pomfret, Conn; a brothers, Wyatt Collier Estes of Nashville who now is interned in Holland; two sisters, Mrs. Douglas Henderson of Bayside, Long Island, and Mrs. Charles Hendrickson, of Red Bank, N.J. and a niece, Mrs. Robert Nesbit of Memphis.

  • Rank: Captain
  • Date of birth:
  • 6 December 1877
  • Date of death: 23 February 1943
  • County: Grainger
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 8th Field Artillery
  • Conflict: World War I / World War II
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar IX, Top Panel
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