In Memoriam - December 2016

• Senior Judge William Neville joined the US Army prior to the start of World War II, during which he served in the China-Burma-India Theater and retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Judge Neville, who passed away on September 15, 2016, graduated from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University in 1949. He practiced law in Statesboro, first with his father and then his wife until his 1984 appointment to the superior court bench. Judge Neville retired in 1996. Judge Neville served as a State Representative in the General Assembly in the 1950s and as Municipal Court Judge in Statesboro for 31 years.

• Former Judge Albert Kenneth Melear may have been best known for his barbeque.  As the owner of Melear’s Barbeque, a Fayetteville staple, Judge Melear catered events for Gov. Jimmy Carter and others.  In 1983, Melear began serving up justice as Chief Magistrate of Fayette County, retiring in 2002. Judge Melear passed away October 27, 2016.

• Senior Judge Robert P. Mallis, a University of Georgia School of Law graduate, practiced law in DeKalb County for 20 years prior to his appointment to the superior court bench in 1988 by Gov. Joe Frank Harris.  He retired in 2005, serving as a senior judge and a Civil Mediator with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution. Judge Mallis passed away on October 31, 2016, after a four year battle with cancer.

• Former Judge Jim Burton served as Probate Judge of Wilkes County from 1987 until his retirement in 2008.  Judge Burton, a Washington, GA native served four years in the US Navy as a Supply Officer, after which he ran the family business Rees Hardware until his election as Probate Judge. Judge Burton passed away on November 2, 2016.

 

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