In his memory, Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice P. Harris Hines will be honored with the renaming of the Kennesaw Avenue bridge over the Loop during a dedication ceremony at 11 a.m. May 18. (Courtesy of Facebook page of Marietta Mayor Steve Tumlin)

Memorial bridge dedication for Hines to be May 18

The memorial bridge for Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice P. Harris Hines will be dedicated at 11 a.m. May 18 in Marietta.

The Marietta City Council agreed 7-0 Nov. 14 to rename the Kennesaw Avenue bridge over the Loop as the Justice P. Harris Hines bridge in his memory.

Hines, 75, died Nov. 4 following a car accident, according to his Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home obituary.

The recently retired chief justice of the Georgia Supreme Court resided on Kennesaw Avenue with his wife Helen and family for more than 40 years, according to the City Council’s motion.

This bridge was the one upon which Hines traveled frequently while serving at the Cobb County Courthouse as an attorney and a judge and participating in the ministries of his church, First Presbyterian Church of Marietta - also for more than 40 years.

That church was where his funeral was held Nov. 13 before an overflow crowd - also the day on which Gov. Nathan Deal had flags throughout the state lowered until sundown in honor of Hines.

In 1974, Hines was appointed to the State Court of Cobb County by then Gov. Jimmy Carter and to the Georgia Supreme Court in 1995 by the late Gov. Zell Miller, according to his obituary.

In August 2013, Hines became presiding justice of the Georgia Supreme Court and chief justice in January 2017.

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