Lebanon City Judge Dies

Judge Rodney Victor Ahles died from a stroke at his home on Sunday (June 30). He was 82. Ahles was appointed city judge for Lebanon in 1970, serving for almost four decades of unprecedented consecutive terms in office. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Arizona, the Bachelor of Law Degree from Cumberland University, and the Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Samford University. He entered private practice of law in Lebanon in 1967 and, as part of his practice, drafted legislation for the State of Tennessee Legislative Council, in both the House and the Senate, for five sessions of the General Assembly. He retired from the bench in 2005. Because there have been so many beautiful tributes honoring him during the period of his retirement from the bench, Judge Ahles requested that no additional local memorial service or visitation be held at the time of his death. A dedication ceremony will be planned for the near future. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to First Presbyterian Church in Lebanon.