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Berry Avant Edenfield
Born Berry Avant Edenfield
(1934-08-02)August 2, 1934
Bulloch County, Georgia
Died May 9, 2015(2015-05-09) (aged 80)
Savannah, Georgia
Education University of Georgia (B.B.A.)
University of Georgia School of Law (LL.B.)
Political party Democratic

Berry Avant Edenfield (August 2, 1934 – May 9, 2015) was a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia.

Early years and education[edit | edit source]

Born in Bulloch County, Georgia, Edenfield received a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Georgia in 1956 and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1958. He was in the United States Army, Georgia National Guard from 1957 to 1963. He was in private practice in Statesboro, Georgia, from 1958 to 1978.[1]

Legislative[edit | edit source]

Edenfield was elected to the Georgia State Senate, from Bulloch, County, representing the 4th District in 1964. He took office in January 1965, serving with South Georgia State Senator, Jimmy Carter.[2] Edenfield served one term, until January 1967.

Federal judicial service[edit | edit source]

On September 27, 1978, Edenfield was nominated by President Jimmy Carter to a seat on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia vacated by Judge Alexander Atkinson Lawrence Jr. Edenfield was confirmed by the United States Senate on October 10, 1978, and received his commission on October 11, 1978. He served as Chief Judge from 1990 to 1997, and assumed senior status on August 2, 2006, serving in that status until his death.[1]

Death[edit | edit source]

Edenfield died May 9, 2015, aged 80, at Candler Hospital in Savannah, Georgia, from metastatic lung cancer.[3][4]

References[edit | edit source]

Sources[edit | edit source]

  • Berry Avant Edenfield at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
Legal offices
Preceded by
Alexander Atkinson Lawrence Jr.
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia
1978–2006
Succeeded by
James Randal Hall
Preceded by
Anthony A. Alaimo
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia
1990–1997
Succeeded by
Dudley Hollingsworth Bowen Jr.

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