By Scott Johnson
Retired Circuit Judge Bobby Ray Aderholt, a Republican trailblazer in Marion and Winston Counties, passed away peacefully at his home in Haleyville on Tuesday morning, Aug. 24, following a brief battle with cancer. He was 85 years old.
Aderholt leaves behind a legacy of public service to the people of Alabama, but in particularly to Marion and Winston counties.
In 1962, Aderholt began serving as judge of the Court of Law and Equity in Winston County and served there until 1973. In 1976, he ran for and was elected circuit judge of Alabama’s 25th Judicial Circuit. He ran as a Republican and won in what was at the time a Democrat stronghold. The 25th Circuit includes all of Winston and Marion counties. Aderholt retired in 2007 but continued to serve as a specially appointed judge in cases across Alabama.
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