Retired Circuit Judge William F. Coleman, who served as a full-time and part-time jurist in Mississippi for 36 years, has died at the age of 84. Coleman died at his Madison home Saturday after an illness.
Family and friends plan a celebration of his life at 6 p.m. Sunday at Jackson Yacht Club. His death was announced by the Mississippi Supreme Court.
Coleman served for 20 years as a circuit court judge in Hinds County. He was appointed to the bench Oct. 1, 1976. He retired on Dec. 31, 1996.
Since 1996, the well-respected Coleman had presided over cases where local judges had to recuse themselves for one reason or another, including the sentencing of former Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd in March. Coleman also heard the challenge of Hattiesburg's 2013 mayoral election brought by candidate David Ware.