Chief Justice P. Harris Hines of the Supreme Court of Georgia
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Cobb County traffic alert: Hines funeral likely to impact Marietta Square area

The service for recently retired Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Harris Hines is at 2 p.m. Tuesday

The funeral for retired Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Harris Hines, planned for 2 p.m. today at First Presbyterian Church just off the Marietta Square, is likely to impact traffic.

Local law enforcement officers and Georgia State Patrol troopers have already arrived at the church, and the Marietta Police Department has issued this traffic alert:

“We anticipate an influx of vehicular and pedestrian traffic near the church. Motorists should avoid the area between approximately 1 PM and 4 PM if possible.”

Hines, 75, died Nov. 4. He and his wife, Helen, were driving back from Newnan when the wreck occurred.   

He was appointed by then Gov. Jimmy Carter to the state court bench in 1974 and then to the high court in 1995 by the late Gov. Zell Miller.

In Hines’ farewell State of the Judiciary Address, prior to his retirement, he paid moving tribute to his wife:

“Finally, I want to thank the lady to whom I gave my best closing argument ever, when I persuaded her to marry me way back in 1969. Helen, you are my rock, my partner, my best friend, my dear one. You have been with me every step of our journey together and have made me a better man, a better father and a better judge. To me, you’ve always been springtime at the Masters.”


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