In Memoriam : Retired Judge George Harris, Jr, ODBA Past President and Roanoke’s First Black Judge

The Honorable George W. Harris, Jr. adjourned his life on this earth on Friday, January 23, 2015. He was born in Lynchburg, Virginia, on December 20, 1936, to his parents Mr. George W. Harris, Sr. and Mrs. Lelia Bolden Harris, who preceded him in death.

George leaves to cherish his memory, his devoted wife of 57 years, Helen Camm Harris and his son, George W. Harris, III, who frequently attended meetings and conferences of the Old Dominion Bar Association (ODBA).  George was a past president of the ODBA and brought exceptional jurisprudence intellect and a whole lot of fun to each and every meeting and conference that  he attended.

Additionally, Judge Harris leaves to mourn his daughter-in-law, Earnestine R. Harris; two grandchildren, Justin W. Harris and Jordan A. Harris; one sister, Lelia Harris Proctor and her son, Gary W. Proctor; sisters-in-law, Alberta C. Boyd and Vivian M. Camm; brother-in-law, Rodney M. Camm (Shelley); a devoted cousin, Freda H. Latimer; numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral Services are/were at  noon Friday, January 30, 2015, at First United Methodist Church, 125 W. Main Street, Salem, Va. Entombment will follow at Sherwood Memorial Park. Viewing will begin at Hamlar-Curtis Funeral Home on Thursday, January 29th from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m., with the family being present from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Family Visitation will also be held on Thursday, January 29th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers, George requested that memorials be sent to the “James Madison University Helen and George W. Harris Scholarship Fund,” Harrisonburg, Va. or the James Madison “Ole School Scholarship Fund” (www.oleschoolalumni.com) or any charitable organization of your choice. Condolence may be sent to www.Hamlar-Curtis.com.

A motion was passed at the ODBA 2015 Mid-Winter Meeting and Conference on January 31, 2015 in Norfolk, VA, to provide a donation to the James Madison University Helen and George W. Harris Scholarship Fund.  All the members of the ODBA will miss his booming voice, his jokes/joking and spirit of the law.

GLENN C. LEWIS (ODBA lifetime member)

Submitted by Howard Woodson, former President of ODBA. 

By: Virginia Lawyers Weekly November 24, 2014

Former attorney Glenn C. Lewis died Nov. 12 in Charlottesville.

Mr. Lewis was the founder of The Lewis Law Firm in Fairfax, where he practiced family law.

He was named a Diplomat and Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and received the lifetime achievement award from the Virginia State Bar Family Law Section.

Mr. Lewis served as president of the Fairfax Bar Association and, in 2009, of the Virginia Bar Association.

For many years he was the host a law-related cable television show in Northern Virginia.

Beginning in 2010, Mr. Lewis had a number of personal, bar-related, and financial difficulties that led to his closing his office and filing for bankruptcy. He was suspended from practice, then disbarred by the Virginia State Bar in 2013.

In a letter to friends and colleagues at the bar following Mr. Lewis’s passing, Fairfax lawyer Peter D. Greenspun, who represented Mr. Lewis in a number of matters, said that recently Mr. Lewis had been diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease. CJD is a degenerative brain disorder with dementia-like symptoms.

Greenspun added that given his history, it was believed that the disease had been affecting Mr. Lewis for possibly several years. “This explains some of the conduct about which you all have been aware,” he said.

Mr. Lewis is survived by his wife, Kimberly, and children Alex, Avery, Connor, and Cara.

ROBERT MOSSI ALEXANDER, SR. (88)

On Saturday, August 2, 2014, Robert M. Alexander, Sr., died at Prince George's Hospital Center. He was the beloved husband of Audree Smith Alexander (deceased); father of Robert M., Jr., David and Charles W. Alexander; brother of Mary Eliza Alexander and Gladys Bradley (deceased). 

He is also survived by three grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, two daughters-in-law, and many nieces and nephews. Alexander served during World War II as a Sergeant in the Army Air Forces/Corps, 25th Infantry Div. in the Philippines and the Army Reserves from 1950-1952 as a Lieutenant. Alexander graduated from Howard University with a B.A. Cum Laude degree in Political Science in 1951 and from Georgetown University Law School with a J.D. degree in 1955. 

He practiced law in Virginia and the District of Columbia for over 50 years. Alexander was a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Arlington, VA, and the NAACP. The late Mr. Alexander may be viewed on August 12, 2014 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, So. 19th and Kenmore Sts, Arlington, VA, at 10 a.m. Funeral service is at 11 a.m. Rev. Dr. Leonard Smith, Sr. Minister, (703) 979-7411. Interment: Quantico National Cemetery. Arrangements by Chinn-Baker Funeral Services, (703) 979-1666.

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