State Bar of Georgia
State Bar of Georgia

Georgia legal community mourns loss of Judge Tommy Day Wilcox

September 29, 2020
By Dawn M. Jones

The Cordele Dispatch
The Herald-Leader, Fitzgerald
The Leader Tribune, Fort Valley
The Telegraph, Macon
The Georgia Post, Roberta

To the Editor:

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I am writing to extend condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of Senior Superior Court Judge Thomas Day “Tommy” Wilcox Jr., resident of Wilcox County and native of Fitzgerald, after his passing on August 20.

Admitted to the Georgia Bar in 1973, Judge Wilcox practiced law in Macon for several years before he was appointed as a Superior Court judge for the Macon Judicial Circuit, covering Bibb, Crawford and Peach counties. A leader among his peers, Judge Wilcox was a past president of the Macon Bar Association, chair of the State Disciplinary Board, past president of the Georgia Council of Superior Court Judges and a valued member of the State Bar’s Board of Governors. He also served his country as a Navy lieutenant.

In 2014, the Administrative Office of the Courts established the Judge Tommy Day Wilcox Award to honor court personnel who exemplify vision and sound leadership in promoting the mission of accountability courts in Georgia, honoring his role in creating the first Adult Drug Court in Georgia and making him the first recipient of the award.

Judge Tommy Day Wilcox will be missed and fondly remembered by his fellow members of the legal community. We appreciate his dedication and the many contributions he made during his career through his exemplary service to the public and justice system.  


Dawn M. Jones
President, State Bar of Georgia