Besides Judge Widener on Wednesday, retired Judge Joseph Cridlin of Lee County died on Friday.
The Bristol paper published this obituary:
"JONESVILLE, Va. – Judge Joseph N. Cridlin, 94, of Jonesville, Va., was born April 13, 1913 and passed away Sept. 21, 2007, at Lee Regional Medical Center in Pennington Gap, Va.
His parents, Judge George Patton Cridlin and Sallie Campbell Smith Cridlin, preceded him in death.
Judge Cridlin was a lifelong resident of Lee County and a graduate of William & Mary College and the Marshall Wythe School of Law. He began his law practice in Jonesville in 1935 and was appointed as a Virginia Circuit Court judge in 1960, retiring in 1975. He continued to do substitute judicial work for the next 20 years and was a member of the Virginia State Bar for 72 years. At the time of his death, Judge Cridlin was president and chairman of the board of Powell Valley National Bank in Jonesville.
Judge Cridlin served in the U.S. Army for four years during World War II with tours of duty in Australia, New Guinea and the Philippines. He was commissioned as a 1st lieutenant before being discharged in 1946.
Judge Cridlin was a lifelong member of the Jonesville First United Methodist Church, where he taught Sunday school for over 40 years. He was a charter member and first president of the Jonesville Lions Club in 1940. He was also a charter member of the Cedar Hill Country Club, a Mason and a member of Preston Masonic Lodge No. 47 AF&AM since 1940.
In addition to his parents, Judge Cridlin was preceded in death by his wife, Fay Fuller Cridlin, brother, Clyde Y. Cridlin, and sister, Roberta Cridlin Vergara.
He is survived by son, George Fuller Cridlin and wife Karen, Jonesville, Va.; daughter, Josephine Cridlin Roddenberry and husband Ken, Jonesville, Va.; grandchildren, Stephanie Rowlett Dourado and husband Eli, Arlington, Va., Joseph Patton Cridlin and wife Shelley, St Petersburg, Fla., and Harrison Fuller Cridlin, Jonesville, Va."
Not too long ago I had this post about Judge Cridlin.