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Judge Sugg’s portrait to hang in courtroom

The family of the late Judge Irvin D. Sugg Sr. presented his portrait to the Halifax County General District Court on Saturday in the General District courtroom.

South Boston Mayor Carroll Thackston, Vice-Mayor Edward “Ed” Owens, Retired Judge Frank Slayton, Judge J. William Watson, Jr., Judge Joel Cunningham Sr. and Halifax County Sheriff Stanley Noblin were among the politicians and dignitaries participating in and witnessing the ceremony.  

Judge Bryant L. Sugg, General District judge for the City of Newport News and the youngest son of Judge Irvin D. Sugg, presented the portrait on behalf of the family.

Mayor Thackston presented a plaque to the family of Judge Sugg from the City Council, and the Halifax County Bar Association presented a resolution memorializing the life of Judge Sugg. 

Judge Sugg was appointed in 1985 to serve as General District Judge for the 10th Judicial District, and served until his retirement on February 28, 1998 serving for 13 years.

Sugg died in July at his home in Hampton. He was 93.

Prior to 1985 when he accepted an appointment by Gov. Charles Robb to fill the general district court judgeship that opened with the retirement of Judge Robert Vaughan, Sugg served as a substitute district judge and a city judge in Halifax County and South Boston.

Sugg had been a lawyer in private practice in South Boston for 32 years before accepting the general district court judgeship.