In Memoriam

• Former Judge Mary Louise Skene of Macon died on March 3, 2015.  Judge Skene’s judicial career was varied, having served as a juvenile court judge in the Middle Judicial Circuit, Chief Magistrate of Candler County, and as a municipal court judge.  Most recently, Judge Skene served as an assistant district attorney in the Piedmont circuit.
• Former Superior Court Clerk of Emanuel County J. Carlton Lawson of Swainsboro died on March 14, 2015. Mr. Lawson served as Superior Court Clerk for 40 years prior to his retirement in 2012. He was recognized in 1991 as Clerk of the Year.
• Former Judge Ray C. Norvell of Dunwoody died on March 16, 2015.  Judge Norvell sat on the superior court bench in the Stone Mountain Judicial Circuit.  He was a World War II veteran, serving in the US Army stationed in the Phillipines.
• Former Judge Hugh Dorsey Sosebee spent most of his life serving Monroe County, GA.  In 1964, after serving eight years as solicitor General, Judge Sosebee was appointed as the sole superior court judge for the Flint Judicial Circuit. He served the superior court bench for 15 years until his retirement in 1978.  Judge Sosebee of Forsyth died on March 18, 2015, leaving a lasting legacy including a bridge over I-75 named in his honor and the grounds of the historic Monroe County Courthouse.
• Before she became Probate Judge of Taliaferro County, Lois Richards was an old hand at local politics having served 24 years as the county’s Tax Commissioner and four years as County Chair of the Board of Commissioners. After her role as judge ended, she served as Mayor of Crawfordville.  Former Judge Lois Richards of Crawfordville died on April 8, 2015.

Judge Isaac Jolles spent nearly his entire life in Augusta, GA, from his birth in 1931 until his death on April 24, 2015.  Judge Jolles, a Unviersity of Georgia School of Law graduate, served as a Captain in the US Army 1954-1957, completing one tour of duty in Korea.  From 1973 to 1981, he served as judge of the Recorder's Court of Augusta. In 1998, Judge Jolles was elected Probate Judge of Richmond County, a position he held until his retirement in 2012.

• For 37 years, US Judge B. Avant Edenfield was  a constant on the bench at the US District Courts in Savannah and Statesboro. Even after his retirement and taking senior status in 2006, Judge Edenfield kept busy with a full load of cases.  US District Court Judge B. Avant Edenfield of Statesboro died on May 9, 2015.  Prior to his appointment to the Federal bench by President Jimmy Carter, Edefield spent 20 years as a trial lawyer and served for two years in the Georgia Senate (1964-1966).
• On May 9, 2015, Former Judge G. Alan Blackburn of Marietta died.  Judge Blackburn, a graduate of John Marshall Law School, served 18 years on the Court of Appeals from 1992 until his retirement in 2010.  He served as the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals from 2001-2002.  After this retirement from the court, Judge Blackburn was of counsel at Balch & Bingham.

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