Judge Julian Webb, age 91 of St. Simons Island and formerly of Donalsonville, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 29, on St. Simons Island.
The funeral was to be held Saturday at Friendship United Methodist Church in Donalsonville with the Rev. Jerry Lott officiating. Burial was to be in Friendship Cemetery.
Judge Webb was born in Dooly County, Georgia, on Oct. 2, 1911, to the late Vester Ottis and Flossie Irene Woodruff Webb. He married the former Jo Smith on Sept. 25, 1935, in Donalsonville.
A graduate of Valdosta High School, he was graduated from Mercer University with the AB and the LLB (J.D.) in 1932, and he received the honorary Doctorate of Law from Mercer in 1988. Judge Webb was named outstanding alumnus of Walter F. George School of Law in 1997.
Judge Webb was admitted to the Georgia Bar in 1932, and the Supreme Court of the United States in 1943. He served on the legal staff of Farm Credit Admin., Columbia, S.C., from 1933-1942. Judge Webb opened his law practice in Donalsonville in 1943. He served as the city attorney from 1945-1974 and was president of the City Attorneys of Georgia in 1966-1967. He served as the county attorney from 1971-1974 and again in 1985. He was several time president of the Pataula Circuit Bar, and served on the Georgia Disciplinary Board from 1964-1967. He was a member of the Atlanta Lawyers Club, a member of the Georgia Bar Foundation, a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a member of the American Judicature Society, and the American Law Institute. He was a delegate to the World Peace through Law Conference in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1967 and in Washington, D.C., in 1975.
He was appointed by Gov. Jimmy Carter to the Court of Appeals of Georgia and elected Judge of the Court of Appeals of Georgia in 1974. He resigned as Presiding Judge of the Court of Appeals in 1979. He was the judge (pro bono) of the Juvenile Court of Seminole County in 1981, a member of the National Council State Court Representatives from 1975 to 1978 and chairman of the Judicial Council of Georgia in 1978-1979.
He was a member of the Georgia Senate from 1963 to 1974, serving as assistant floor leader in 1963 and floor leader in 1964. He was president pro tem of the Georgia Senate from 1967 to 1969 and a member of the Georgia Constitution Revision Commission in 1963 and 1969. Judge Webb served on the Governor's Judicial Processes Comm. from 1971 to 1973, the Criminal Law Study Comm. from 1972 to 1974 and the Governor's Comm. on Court Organization and Structure from 1975 to 1979.
Judge Webb was a faithful member of Friendship United Methodist Church of Donalsonville, serving as a lay leader and chair of the administrative board and chairman of trustees. He was the Sunday school teacher of the Men's Bible Class for over 45 years (class was named the Julian Webb Bible Class in 1983). He was chairman of the Thomasville District Trustees, member of the Church Court of Appeals of the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference, the organizer and president of Georgia Investment Corp. of the Methodist Church. He was one of the founders and many years chairman of the board of trustees of Magnolia Manor at Americus, South Georgia Conference Methodist Home for the Aging. Also, he was a delegate to many annual conferences, to the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference and to World Methodist Conference, London, England, in 1966.
He was president and deputy district governor of Lions Club, director of chamber of commerce, and Citizen of the Year in 1984.
Judge Webb was a charter member and past master of Seminole Masonic Lodge, past high priest of Royal Arch Masons, member of the Knights Templar, the Scottish Rite Temple, past Potentate of Hasan Shrine Temple and past director of Royal Order of Jesters.
He was the owner and publisher of the Donalsonville News, former owner of Seminole Drug Co. and was engaged in farming for many years. He also served as a member of the board of directors of Chattahoochee Industrial Railroad.
Judge Webb was selected to Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World and Who's Who in American Law. Arthur K. Bolton, former attorney general of the state of Georgia, had these words to say about Judge Webb: "Judge Webb, while in the general assembly, was very instrumental in securing passage ofthe present Appellate Court Retirement System of Georgia, and this did as much to strengthen our appellate judicial system in Georgia as anything done in recent history. He was not just a legislator, he was a statesman. He was not just a judge of the Court of Appeals, but he was a jurist and a scholar."
Amidst all of the judge's honors and accomplishments, he was first and foremost an adoring father, called "Fafa" of twin daughters Joanna "Jody" Webb Custer and Julianna "Judy" Webb Cheshire of St. Simon s Island.
Judge Webb is also survived by five grandchildren, Julie Custer Altman of St. Simons Island, Anna Cheshire Levitan of Boston, Rob Cheshire of Austin, Texas, Clay Custer of Logan, Utah, and Webb Cheshire of St. Simons Island; eight great-grandchildren; one nephew, Jack Webb of Snellville; and two grand-nieces.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Friendship United Methodist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 305, Donalsonville, GA, or Magnolia Manor, 2001 S. Lee Street, Americus, GA 31709.
Evans-Skipper Funeral Home of Donalsonville was in charge of arrangements.