In Memoriam

Senior Judge Francis Houston of Waycross died on July 31, 2014. Judge Houston lived in and served Pierce County for most of his life, leaving for college in Statesboro and law school in Atlanta.  Prior to opening his law practice in Blackshear, Judge Houston served during World War II. He served as a state representative from 1962 until 1966 upon his election as State Court Judge of Pierce County, a position he held until his retirement in 1999. 
altOff the bench, Judge James Cline, Jr., was known for his humor and “Judge Cline’s #9” BBQ sauce.  Judge Cline of Greensboro died on August 21, 2014.  Cline, a graduate of Walter F. George Law School, was appointed by Gov. Zell Miller to the bench of the superior court in the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit in 1995 after serving as an assistant DA in the Ocmulgee and Macon Circuits.
Judge George J. Hearn, III, of Monroe, died on September 5, 2014.   A five generation native of Walton County, Judge Hearn was appointed juvenile court judge in October 1988 and retired in 2004, taking senior status upon his retirement.  Prior to this judicial career, Hearn served for 23 years in the US Army, retiring at the rank of Lt. Colonel. 
altOn his retirement in July, Judge Alec Glenn Dorsey of Abbeville closed out 35 years of judicial service to Wilcox County at the judicial community: as Justice of the Peace, Chief Magistrate of Wilcox County, and long-time secretary of the Council of Magistrate Court Judges. On September 23, 2014, Judge Alec Glenn Dorsey succumbed to prostrate cancer after a lengthy battle with the disease.  A US Navy veteran, Judge Dorsey also served as Abbeville mayor for eight years and as President of Dorsey Chevrolet, Dorsey State Bank, and Dorsey Oil Company in addition to his judicial duties.

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