Retired Circuit Judge William F. Coleman, 84, died May 31 at his Madison home, surrounded by his family.
Supreme Court Chief Justice William L. Waller Jr. called him “a truly dedicated public servant.” Although he retired from the Hinds County Circuit Court bench 18 years ago, Coleman continued to hear cases as a senior status judge, accepting appointments from the Supreme Court to cases in which local judges recused themselves.
Coleman presided over the 2013 Hattiesburg mayoral election trial.
“He was very unselfish in accepting appointments to cases long after his retirement, and did not hesitate to preside over cases that no other judge was willing to accept,” Chief Justice Waller said. “I commend his for so selflessly offering his services almost up to the time of his death. He was truly a dedicated public servant, a stalwart of justice and one who was always committed to the rule of law.”