Long County will host its annual Law Day celebration Tuesday in Ludowici.
This year’s event is being sponsored by State Court Judge Jeffery Arnold, Clerk of Court Sherry Long, Sheriff Craig Nobles and the Long County Chamber of Commerce.
This year, in addition to recognizing the importance of law, there will be a special tribute to the late Cecil Nobles.
Nobles, who died in 2012, was elected as the sheriff of Long County in 1969. When he died, he was the longest-serving sheriff in the state of Georgia and the second-longest in the United States.
In addition to serving as its sheriff, he also served two terms as its coroner. When he died at age 76, he had been elected 13 times in Long County, having been a public servant for 51 years. Nobles was survived by his wife of 54 years, Peggy, and three sons, James, Kenneth and Craig, who is the current sheriff of Long County.
Long said Nobles will be honored by having his portrait placed in the courtroom. This will be the second time portraits will be placed in the courtroom on Law Day. Last year, fellow public servants in law Melville Price, Richard Phillips, Brown Jones, Leslie Mitcham, H.M. Hodges and current State Court Judge Jeffery Arnold had their portraits hung on the wall.
“Family, friends, and co-workers will be on hand and join in memorializing the life of Sheriff Nobles,” Long said. “Please come out and join us for this momentous occasion.”
The Law Day ceremony will be held at the Long County Courthouse and start at 6 p.m.