In Memoriam

Senior Judge Roy M. Lilly of Thomasville died on June 29, 2012.  Judge Lilly was appointed to the superior court bench in the Southern Judicial Circuit in 1979. Upon his retirement in 1994, he assumed senior status.  Judge Lilly graduated from Mercer Law School in 1936 and served in the US Navy during World War II.
Former Judge Aaron Cohn of Columbus died on July 4, 2012.  Judge Cohn retired from the Juvenile Court of Muscogee County in September 2011, after serving on that court for 46 years. He earned his law degree from the University of Georgia. Judge Cohn retired from the US Army as a Colonel.  During World War II, Judge Cohn helped liberate the Nazi concentration camp at Ebensee, Austria.
Former Judge Marion Guess of Stone Mountain died on July 12, 2012.  Judge Guess served DeKalb County as its judge of the Probate Court for 32 years during which he served as president of the National College of Probate Court Judges and the Council of Probate Court Judges.  He received the William W. Treat Award from the National College of Probate Judges for his contributions to probate law and was selected by his colleagues as the 2001 Outstanding Probate Court Judge of the Year,  Judge Guess was also owner and operator of Georgia Probate Notes and authored numerous books.
Former Judge Marion C. Pritchard of Waycross died on July 30, 2012.   Judge Pritchard retired from the Juvenile Court of Waycross Judicial Circuit in 2011.
altJudge Elliot P. McCollum (left) of Thomasville died on August 7, 2012.  Judge McCollum served as the judge of the State Court of Thomas County from 1985 until his death.  He received his law degree from Mercer’s Walter F. George School of Law and served for six years in the National Guard.  Judge McCollum was scheduled to retire in December.
Judge William Jeffrey “Jeff” Lowe of Dahlonega died on August 19, 2012.  Judge Lowe was elected Chief Magistrate of Lumpkin County in 1997.  
altJudge Raymond S. Gordon, Jr., (right) of Jesup died on September 2, 2012.  In 1978, Judge Gordon was elected judge of the State Court of Wayne County; he was the longest-serving active state court judge in the state at the time of his death.  Judge Gordon earned his law degree from John Marshall Law School.
altJudge Kimberly Warden Rary (left) of Atlanta died on September 13, 2012, of ALS.  Judge Warden Rary was appointed as a judicial officer serving the Family Division of Fulton County Superior Court in 1996 and was appointed a full-time magistrate judge in 2001.  Judge Rary, a 1981 graduate of the Woodrow Wilson School of Law, was the impetus behind the Magistrate Court Benchbook on Domestic Violence and the Fulton County Treatment Diversion Court.
Senior Judge Bernard J. Mulherin, Sr., of Augusta died on September 17, 2012.  Judge Mulherin was appointed to the Superior Court in 1980 and assumed senior status in 1999.  He was a graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law, served in the US Army, and as a FBI special agent.
Former Judge Kenneth O. Nix of Smyrna died on October 23, 2012 of pancreatic cancer.  Judge Nix was elected to the State Court of Cobb County in 1982 and appointed to the Superior Court of Cobb County in 1995; he retired in 2010.  Prior to his judicial service, Judge Nix served 10 years in the Georgia House of Representatives.  Judge Nix earned his law degree from Emory University School of Law.
Judge Tony Welborn of Hartwell died on October 29, 2012.  Judge Welborn became Chief Magistrate of Hart County in 2010 after a 34 year career with the Hartwell Police Department.  Judge Welborn served in the US Air Force during Vietnam.

Former Judge Eugene E. Lawson of Newnan died on November 5, 2012.  Judge Lawson served as Probate Judge of Clayton County from 1983 - 2003.


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