Portrait of Justice George T. Smith

By Michelle Barclay, Division Director, Communications, Children, Families and the Courts

On July 7th, 2016, the Supreme Court of Georgia justices and the Georgia Court of Appeals judges gathered with many distinguished guests, friends and family members to unveil the portrait of former Justice George T. Smith. George Thornewell Smith (October 15, 1916 – August 23, 2010) had a long career in law and government, winning contested elections in all three branches of state government - legislative, executive, and judicial.

Portrait of Justice George T. Smith


Chief Justice Thompson opened the ceremony, former Governor Roy Barnes gave the invocation –“he always asked what he could do for the po devils”  and Dr. David Bridges of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) provided a moving portrait of Justice Smith’s life of public service which was closely connected to his alma mater, ABAC.  James Thornewell Shirah, great nephew of Justice Smith who is a Georgia state trooper, closed the ceremony with family stories before the portrait was unveiled for the audience.


You can watch the ceremony here:

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