In Memoriam

Former Judge James W. Oxendine of Madison served in the Korean War before earning his Bachelors and Masters degrees in education; he sold textbooks for Rand McNally while attending law school at night.  Judge Oxendine was admitted to the Georgia Bar in 1973.  He  was appointed to the superior court bench in 1992 and served in that capacity until his retirement in 2001, at which time he was appointed as a senior judge. Judge Oxendine passed away on August 21, 2016 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.


Judge Murray Bowman, Magistrate Court of Jefferson County, had a long history of service prior to his death on August 3, 2016. Since 1988 he served as Chief Magistrate of Jefferson County; he spent many years in law enforcement in and around Jefferson County; and he served 41 years in the US Army and Air Force.


Former Judge James Campbell of Dalton served as Chief Magistrate of Whitfield County for 22 years prior to his retirement in 1992. He was a highly decorated Chief Warrant Officer and helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War.  Judge Campbell died on August 2, 2016.


Former Judge Charles Clements Jr., a lifelong citizen of LaFayette, GA, practiced law for over 50 years in Walker County. During those years, Judge Clements served in the Georgia House of Representatives, as Municipal Court Judge of LaFayette, and as State Court Judge for Walker County.  Judge Clements passed away on July 30, 2016.


Senior Judge Marvin B. Hartley was elected as State Court Judge of Toombs County in 1977 and, later that year, was appointed Superior Court Judge in the Middle Judicial Circuit, leading to a 24-year career on the bench.  Judge Hartley, who died on July 2, 2016, retired in 2001, taking senior status.


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