Thursday, July 17, 2003

Bath County judge dies in auto accident

Circuit Court Judge Duncan Byrd, Jr., of Bath County died on Wednesday night.

The AP report included this information about him:

"A seventh-generation native of Bath County, Byrd, 60, was a 1965 graduate of Virginia Military Institute. He earned his law degree in 1968 from the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond.

After graduation from law school, Byrd served two years in the Army, including a year in Vietnam.

He returned to Bath County and operated a private law practice. In May 1971, he was appointed a judge of Bath County's Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

Byrd was the fourth member of his family to serve as a judge in Bath County, following his father, grandfather and great-great grandfather.

He was named a General District Court judge in 1973. In 1981 he was named judge of the 25th Judicial Circuit Court, which serves Bath, Highland, Alleghany, Craig, Augusta, Rockbridge and Botetourt counties. He was named chief judge in 1998."

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