State Bar of Georgia
State Bar of Georgia

Georgia legal community mourns loss of Judge Gary Andrews

April 8, 2020
By Darrell Sutton

Daily Report
Walker County Messenger, Lafayette

To the Editor:

The State Bar of Georgia extends condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of retired Court of Appeals of Georgia Judge Gary B. Andrews of Chickamauga, whose passing April 4 has left us all saddened.

A member of the State Bar of Georgia since 1971, Judge Andrews devoted his career to public service. This began with five years as an assistant Georgia attorney general. Even after he left the Attorney General’s office for private practice, Judge Andrews remained dedicated to public service, from 1976 to 1980 serving as a special assistant attorney general. He also was twice elected Superior Court judge for the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit, serving five years before his appointment to the Georgia Public Service Commission. In 1990, Judge Andrews won a statewide election to the Court of Appeals, and was re-elected to four subsequent six-year terms. In total, Judge Andrews served 30 years on that court, including two years as chief judge (1997-98).

Judge Andrews will be missed and fondly remembered by Georgia’s legal community, and lawyers across the state would do well to emulate his commitment to public service. We appreciate that exemplary service and the many contributions he made to the public and justice system during his admirable career.


Darrell Sutton
President, State Bar of Georgia