Franklin H. Pierce was one of the Augusta Judicial Circuit's longest serving superior court judges, having first been elected to the bench in 1972 and serving until his death Tuesday at age 85. He will be remembered as a "conscientious, dedicated and respected judge ... always a gentleman on and off the bench," noted longtime friend and associate, Chief Judge William M. Fleming Jr.
Mr. Pierce, a veteran of World War II, had a distinguished legal career even before he assumed the judgeship, serving as Richmond County attorney from 1949-72. In 1963 he was elected president of the Augusta Bar Association and in 1966 he was chosen to head up the National Association of County Civil Attorneys.
But there was much more to Mr. Pierce's life than serving on the bench. He was a loving family man who was deeply involved in his United Methodist church. He will also be fondly remembered by his wide circle of friends as an enthusiastic sportsman - hunter, fisherman, golfer.
We join the community, the area's legal profession, and especially his family in mourning Judge Pierce's passing.