In Memoriam

Judge Vivian L. Cummings, retired Probate and Magistrate Court Judge of the Wilkinson County passed away in on October 24, 2023. She served on the bench for 24 years. Obituary

Judge Faye Sanders Martin, retired Superior Court Judge of the Ogeechee Judicial Circuit, passed away on May 27, 2023. She was appointed to the superior court bench in 1978, where she served full-time until 2000, when she became a senior judge. The Georgia Virtue.

Judge Kenneth Followill died at the age of 87 on May 16, 2023. Judge Followill served on the superior court bench for 31 years before retiring in 2009 and was a member of the first Judicial Council of Georgia. Obituary, WRBl, Courts Journal Interview

Judge Elizabeth Carter, Magistrate Court of Berrien County, passed away on April 2, 2023 at the age of 82. She served as the Chief Magistrate for 19 years before her retirement in 2021. Obituary

Judge Frank C. Mills, senior judge in the Appalachian Judicial Circuit passed away in February of 2023

Judge Diane Hallman, longtime probate court judge in Appling County, died on January 25, 2023 after an extended illness. Obituary

Judge George H. Bryant, longtime senior judge in the Northern Judicial Circuit, died on January 11, 2023 at the age of 94.Main Street News.

Judge Greeley Ellis died on December 30, 2022, at the age of 90. Judge Greeley served as a Superior Court judge in the Alcovy Judicial Circuit for 11 years from 1978 to 1989. Covington News

Judge Harold Loyd Murphy passed away on December 28, 2022 at the age of 95. Judge Murphy presided in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia for 45 years beginning in 1977. WRGA news

Judge Clyde Reese of the Georgia Court of Appeals passed away on December 17, 2022. Court of Appeals,, AJC.

Judge Michael N. Annis, Superior Court of the Augusta Judicial Circuit, died on November 28, 2022. Judge Annis served on the superior court bench for 16 years before stepping down in 2019. Augusta Chronicle

Judge Tom Dillon (ret.) longtime Atlanta Judicial Circuit Juvenile Court judge passed away at the age of 91 on August 25, 2022.

Judge Bobby C. Milam, retired former Chief Judge of the Superior Court of the Appalachian Judicial Circuit, passed away on August 3, 2022. Judge Milam served the bench from 1983 to 1999. From @AppalachianCt

Judge Tiffany P. Porter, died of breast cancer on May 5, 2022. She was a former judge in the Duluth Municipal Court, where she became the first black judge for that court. The Patch

Judge H. Arthur McLane, retired former Chief Judge of the Southern Judicial Circuit, passed away on May 3, 2022. Judge McLane spent 35 years on bench before retiring in 2008, when he became a senior judge. Valdosta Times

Judge William “Bill” Ison died on April 11, 2022 at the age of 87. Judge Ison was appointed to the Clayton Superior Court bench in 1977 by Governor George Busbee where he served until his retirement in 2003. Clayton Crescent

Judge Alton P. Johnson, Chief Magistrate of Carroll County passed away on March 12, 2022. After his appointment in 1998, Judge Johnson was elected as Chief Magistrate for six consecutive terms. Obituary

Judge Randy Pruitt, Lumpkin County Magistrate Court, passed away on January 21, 2022. Judge Pruitt had been a magistrate judge in Lumpkin County since 2010. The Dahlonega Nugget

Judge Sherrell Terry, Probate/Magistrate Court of Talbot County, passed away on January 19. She was elected as Probate Court Judge in the 2020 election, with her term beginning on January 1, 2021. Ledger-Inquirer

Judge F. Larry Salmon passed away on November 6, 2021 at the age of 83. Judge Salmon served as a superior court judge in the Rome Judicial Circuit from January 1, 1989 to December 31, 2008. He served as a senior judge until September 2021. Obituary

Judge Mary Buckner, Columbus Recorder’s Court’s first black female judge, died on cancer on September 10, 2021. Ledger-Inquirer; Law 360

Judge Roy Lilly, Magistrate Court of Thomas County, passed away the morning of August 3, 2021.

Judge Leigh DuPre, Municipal Court for the City of Atlanta, passed away on April 30, 2021. Judge DuPre served the Atlanta Municipal for 8 years. Obituary