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Circuit Judge Justin Cobb died Sept. 9, 2017

September 11, 2017

Circuit Judge Justin Cobb of Meridian collapsed while jogging on Saturday, Sept. 9, and died at Rush Foundation Hospital. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Sept. 12, at First Baptist Church in Meridian. Visitation is at 9 a.m. and the funeral is at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens for family only. Robert Barham Family Funeral Home in Meridian is in charge of arrangements.

Judge Justin Cobb

Judge Cobb died on his 43rd birthday.

Circuit Judge Lester Williamson told the Meridian Star, “It's a real tragedy for the whole legal community.... He was a joy to work with and he’s going to be missed.”

Lauderdale County Circuit Clerk Donna Jill Johnson told the Meridian Star, “He was young and energetic, refreshing. He was a breath of fresh air and very by the book. He was consistent and fair and everyone respected that and loved that.”

Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. said. “Judge Cobb was an outstanding trial judge whose watchwords were fairness, integrity and sound legal reasoning. He will be missed.”

Judge Cobb served on the 10th Circuit Court of Lauderdale, Clarke, Kemper and Wayne counties since July 1, 2015. Gov. Phil Bryant appointed him to the vacancy created by the retirement of Circuit Judge Robert Bailey. Judge Cobb was elected without opposition in November 2016. He previously served as Lauderdale County Prosecuting Attorney.

He earned a bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State University and a law degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law. He served as vice-president and president of the Lauderdale County Bar Association as well as president of the Young Lawyers Division. He was a member of Meridian’s Downtown Optimist Club and served on the board of the Boys and Girls Club of East Mississippi. He was past division chair-person for United Way. He was an Eagle Scout and a volunteer for Wesley House-Meridian’s Playground for Jesus. He was a deacon at First Baptist Church of Meridian. He served as a youth baseball coach.

Read Judge Cobb’s complete obituary at this link:

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/clarionledger/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=186627116.

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