MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Hundreds of people including friends, loved ones and colleagues bid their farewells to Circuit Court Judge Justin Cobb.
Cobb died unexpectedly last week of cardiac arrest while jogging.
Close family friends recalled the impact Cobb had while serving in the justice system.
“Justin was a great guy. Always had a smiling face. Very pleasant guy, very honorable. He just accomplished more in his 43 years than what the typical person will do in a lifetime,” Jeffery Wilson said.
The funeral served for many as not a time to mourn, but to celebrate the home going of a man beloved by many.
“I’ve known Justin since he was born. I worked for his grandfather at Miller Transporters for over 8 years before Justin was born so I watched him grow up. He was a fine, fine young man. Fine, fine person now,” Margaret Bailey said.
“Knew him well. Lived across the street from the family. Knew his family all my life. Knew Justin when he was a child going to school, about the age of my son. They were good friends. Justin’s a great guy and he did a great job with anything he ever tried,” Joe Wilkerson said.
Judge Cobb will forever be remembered as a respected official, a family man and friend to many.
“I just feel like he’s a member of my extended family. It’s just heartbreaking to lose him at such a young age,” Bailey said.
“We’re going to miss Justin here, and the good lord has him up above to call him home. And so we have to reside that’s how it is,” Wilson said.
“We’re going to miss him I tell you. The city’s going to miss him too,” Jerry McCray said.
Governor Phil Bryant has appointed retired Court of Appeals Judge Larry Roberts to serve temporarily as a special circuit judge for the 10th District. That appointment will be for September 18th through October 31st. The governor is expected to appoint someone later to fill the judicial vacancy.