“We are deeply saddened by the news of the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Horace Johnson. Horace was certainly a leader in our field, and those who interacted with him remember him most for his passion for innovation, gregarious nature, and good heart. His service to the Council of Superior Court Judges as a past President and active member was valued beyond words. He will certainly be missed by us all.” – Council President Brian J. Amero.
Judge Johnson was the first African American President of the Council of Superior Court Judges. He also served as Chair of the Council’s Mandatory Continuing Judicial Education Committee and as a member of many other committees. Judge Johnson presided over Parental Accountability Courts and Veterans Treatment Courts in both Newton County and Walton County. He previously served as a member of the Judicial Council of Georgia. Service to others was second nature for Horace. A native of Newton County, Judge Johnson served his community tirelessly. President of the Covington Kiwanis Club, President of the Arts Association of Newton County, and member of the Board of Counselors of Oxford College of Emory University, the Board of Trustees of the Leadership Georgia Foundation, the Board of Directors of United Bank (Covington Division), and Board of Directors of the Washington Street Community Center were just some of the active roles he played in his community.
Judge Johnson attended Oxford College and Emory University for his undergraduate degree and the University of Georgia for his Juris Doctorate. He and his wife Michelle have two sons.
Our deepest sympathies go out to his family as they morn his loss. He will be very dearly missed.