In Memoriam - April 2017

Judge Willie LovettJudge Willie Lovett, Jr., (left) Juvenile Court, Atlanta Judicial Circuit, died suddenly on January 30, 2017.  Judge Lovett received his undergraduate degree from Yale University before earning his juris doctorate from Harvard Law School in 1988 and his Master of Laws in Litigation from Emory Law School. He was appointed to the bench in May 2013.

Senior Judge Morris Braswell, Senior Judge of the State Courts, was born in Canton on Feb. 12, 1951, graduating from Atlanta's John Marshall Law School in 1978, practicing law for 18 years before being elected to the Clayton County State Court in 1996 and serving five terms through 2016. Judge Braswell died on February 6, 2017.


Former Judge Jerry Oliver Capes of Covington passed away March 30, 2017, at the age of 83. Judge Capes attended the University of Georgia and graduated from Georgia State University and Emory Law School. He practiced law in Covington for over 30 years, served as Covington Municipal Court Judge from 1996 to 2001.

Former Judge Timothy A. Bumann of Madison passed away April 7, 2017, at 57 years of age. COL Bumann served with the 911 Support Battalion in force protection before moving to Command of the 57th Schools Battalion overseeing training for the GSDF professional military education program. From Schools COL Bumann transferred to HQ G3 – Operations/Training and Plans as the G34, the Force Anti-Terrorism Officer. While filling this position with the GSDF, he also filled the companion slot for the GA National Guard HQ as the J34 State Anti-Terrorism Officer. Judge Bumann received his B.S. degree in Political Science from Georgia Southern College in 1984 and his J.D. degree from Georgia State University, College of Law in 1987.  He served as a Municipal Court Judge pro tem in East Point and in Monticello.

Former Judge Jim “Tex” Farr, age 87, of Dallas, GA, passed away on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. Judge Farr was a Veteran of the United States Air Force serving in the Korean War. He retired as a City Police Officer in Dallas, TX, after 25 years and also retired as a Paulding County Magistrate Judge after 26 years.


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