December 28, 2016
By Patrick T. O'Connor
The Lee County Ledger, Leesburg
The Citizen Georgian, Montezuma
The Stewart Webster Journal Patriot-Citizen, Richland
To the Editor:
On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I wish to extend congratulations and thanks to longtime Southwestern Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge George M. Peagler Jr. on his retirement from full-time judicial service effective Dec. 31.
During his distinguished career of 41 years in Georgia's legal profession and justice system, Judge Peagler was engaged in the private practice of law for more than two decades prior to joining the Superior Court bench for the Southwestern Circuit, covering Lee, Macon, Schley, Stewart, Sumter and Webster counties, in 2000. He is also a past president of the Southwestern Circuit Bar Association and the Americus-Sumter County Chamber of Commerce and a recipient of the Chief Justice Robert Benham Award for Community Service.
All members of the State Bar of Georgia are grateful for the dedicated service of Judge Peagler and are inspired by his many contributions toward strengthening the foundations of our justice system, which protects the rights and liberties of all Americans. We wish him well in the years ahead.
Patrick T. O'Connor
President, State Bar of Georgia