In Memoriam

• Judge Preston Brooks Lewis Jr. of Waynesboro died on December 25, 2011. Judge Lewis served as Burke County’s juvenile court judge for over thirty years. He also served six terms in the Georgia House of Representatives and one term in the Georgia Senate. Judge Lewis served in the Korean War and earned his law degree from the University of Georgia.

• Former Judge Theodore Barner Jr. of Roswell died on January 20, 2012. Judge Barner served as a magistrate court judge in Fulton County until 1999. He graduated with a business degree from the University of Georgia and previously served in the U.S. Army.

• Chief Judge Lawrence G. Dillion of Savannah died on February 5, 2012, after a lengthy illness. Judge Dillion left his post as Chief Judge of the Recorder’s Court of Chatham County in November 2011 after twenty-three years on the bench.

Judge Dale P. Smith of Toccoa died of a heart attack on March 11, 2012.  Judge Smith served as Chief Magistrate of Stephens County since his election in 1988. He earned a master's degree in public administration, a doctorate in political science, and his law degree from the University of Georgia.


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