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Charles Adams Pannell

Charles Adams Pannell, 1963-1976

CHARLES A. PANNELL, SR., served on the Georgia Court of Appeals 1963-1976. He was born in Eton, Murray County, Georgia, June 19, 1911.

He attended Young Harris College, Mercer University, and the University of Georgia. He was admitted to the Georgia Bar after two years of law school at Mercer, the University of Georgia for a year; received LL.B. degree in 1937.

He married Ruth Ann Loughridge, December 24,1939. They have three sons, Charles, Jr., a Judge of the Superior Court, Chatsworth, Ga.; James, an attorney in Savannah, Ga., and a member of the Georgia Legislature; and William, an attorney in Atlanta, Ga.

At age 21 he was elected Mayor of Eton, Ga.; County Attorney, Murray County 1940-44, 1949-50; City Attorney Chatsworth 1942-50; Methodist; Sigma Delta Kappa; Gridiron Club; Mason; Odd Fellow; president of the Chatsworth Lions Club 1959-60; was at various times, on the Governor's staff, Democratic Executive Committee; president Young Harris Alumni Association 1969-70; Georgia House of Representatives, 1939-46, 1949-50, 1961-62; chairman of the Budget Committee that rewrote the Georgia budget laws 1962-63; Gov. Vandiver's House Floor Leader for the appropriation bill fight in 1962; Senator from the 43rd District 1947-48, 1959-60; Senator from the 54th District; Senate Floor Leader 1963; proponent of junior colleges and instrumental in establishing Dalton Junior College; member of Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles, 1950-55, chairman, 1953-1955 ("he is one of the best Parole Board appointments in our time; he is fair and honest").

In the Legislature in 1961, he introduced the first bills to assure that public schools would remain open at the time that many legislators and others were clamoring for a shutdown of the whole system when the University of Georgia was ordered integrated.

He was in the center ring in the two Governor fights in the 1940's. One Governor said of him, "If he told you something, you could count on it… He was unyielding when it came to the principles he believed in."