Attorney Braddock dies at 69|[07/02/07]

Published 12:00 am Monday, July 2, 2007

Gerald Braddock, a longtime Vicksburg attorney and former chancery court judge, died Sunday, July 1, 2007, at Baptist Medical Center in Jackson. He was 69.

Braddock, who practiced in Vicksburg for about 40 years, was remembered this morning by law partner David Ellis as &#8220a true gentleman.” They were partners at Ellis, Braddock and Dees law firm.

Braddock, a native of Ripley and a graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Law, moved to Vicksburg in the early 1960s. While here, he served stints as attorney for the Warren County Board of Supervisors and the Warren County Port Commission and as a member of the port commission. He was also president of the Mississippi Board of Supervisor Attorneys.

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He served the Mississippi Bar Association in many capacities, including the review panel for judgeships.

His tenure as chancellor began in 1991. Based in Vicksburg, he heard family, property law and wills and estates cases from Warren, Sharkey, Issaquena, Humphreys and Washington counties

&#8220He was an excellent judge – and fair,” said local attorney Mack Varner, who practiced with Braddock for seven years. &#8220I heard nothing but praise and admiration for his judicial skills.”

Braddock served a full term before he was succeed by current Chancellor Vicki Roach Barnes, who was first elected in 1994.

&#8220He was what I would call one of those ‘old-time counselors’ who assisted people,” Ellis said. &#8220He treated everybody with respect and dignity – that was a real mark of his character and personality.”

Varner said his friend stood out among other lawyers in town.

&#8220Gerald was well-respected by all of his peers in the legal world,” he said. &#8220Besides being a really good lawyer, his character and integrity were beyond reproach.”

Braddock served terms as president of the Ole Miss Alumni Association and the Warren County Bar Association. He was also an elder at First Presbyterian Church.

&#8220He served his community and church very well from the time he was here,” longtime friend Don Miller said. &#8220He was a dear friend.”

Braddock was also a family man, said his daughter, Schuyler Oaks.

&#8220He loved Ole Miss, sports, hunting and his family,” she said.

In addition to his daughter, Braddock is survived by his wife, Suzanne Braddock; a son, Tal Braddock; and two grandchildren, Braddock Oaks and Jackson Oaks.

Glennwood Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.