Farwell to the beloved Fred Bright
To the Editor:
On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to express condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of Fredric D. Bright, longtime former district attorney for the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit, and my dear friend on his recent and very untimely passing.
During his distinguished career of 37 years in the legal profession, Fred was the chief prosecutor in Baldwin, Greene, Hancock, Jasper, Jones, Morgan, Putnam and Wilkinson (where his Cinda serves as the Clerk of Court) counties and he served as district attorney for 21 years, in addition to 13 years of previous service as assistant district attorney.
He was deservedly recognized by his peers in 2015 with the Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia.
As a former district attorney from the Dougherty Judicial Circuit, I can tell you that I know of no other prosecutor in the state cared more about the victims he represented, the people he served and his colleagues around the state than did Fred.
After retiring as district attorney in January 2018, he joined the Cansino Law Firm in Milledgeville.
Fred Bright’s exemplary lifetime of service is an inspiration to all Georgia lawyers.
We are appreciative of his many generous contributions to the cause of justice in our state.
He will be missed and remembered. I will particularly miss how he would always end our long conversations, and all conversations with Fred were long, with “I love ya brother,” and while we were not blood brothers, we were brothers and I will always and forever fondly remember my brother from Milledgeville. We all love you Fred. Thanks for the smile I will always wear in your honor.
Kenneth B. Hodges III
President-Elect, State Bar of Georgia