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Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Sep 16, 2020

Retired Judge James “Eddie” Beckner died today at the age of 81, the Citizen Tribune reports. Beckner served as a criminal court judge in the Third Judicial District for 30 years and was in private practice in Morristown prior to taking the bench. A graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law, Beckner was first appointed to the court by then Gov. Ray Blanton in 1976. He retired in 2006, but remained active in the judicial community, serving on the Retired Judges Committee and as its liaison to the Tennessee Judicial Conference Executive Committee. He also served on the board of directors of the United Way and of the Morristown Boys and Girls Club for 41 years. Details about services are pending. Remembrances can be posted on the Administrative Office of the Courts website.