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Georgia legal community mourns loss of former Justice Conley Ingram

December 4, 2019
By Darrell Sutton

Marietta Daily Journal

To the Editor:

The State Bar of Georgia extends condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of Marietta resident, former justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia and legendary member of the Cobb County and Georgia legal communities, G. Conley Ingram. His passing Nov. 11 has left us all saddened.

Justice Ingram’s distinguished career as an attorney and jurist spanned more than six decades. The hallmark of that career was public service. Soon after serving his country in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps of the Army Reserve, including a stint on the staff and faculty of the Army Judge Advocate General’s School, he moved to Marietta, started his law practice and was appointed as city attorney for both Smyrna and Kennesaw. 

Justice Ingram joined the judiciary in 1960 as a judge on the Cobb County Juvenile Court, and then served from 1964 to 1968 as a judge on the Cobb County Superior Court. In 1973 he was appointed a justice on the Supreme Court of Georgia, where he served until 1977. While this was followed by a return to private law practice in Atlanta, Justice Ingram’s heart was always in Cobb County, where he returned in 1998, serving as a senior Superior Court judge in the Cobb Judicial Circuit until his recent retirement. 

A leader among his peers, he was engaged in a multitude of professional and community activities, including service as chair of both the Bench & Bar Committee and Family Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia and as president of the Cobb County Bar Association and Cobb County Chamber of Commerce. Among many honors and recognitions was the Tradition of Excellence Award from the General Practice & Trial Section of the State Bar of Georgia in 1987 and the Cobb County Citizen of the Year Award in 1990.

Justice Conley Ingram will be missed and fondly remembered by Georgia’s legal community. We appreciate the many contributions he made during his admirable career and his exemplary service to the public and the justice system of our state. 

Sincerely,
 
Darrell Sutton
President, State Bar of Georgia