NJ: Dougherty Probate Court Judge Nancy Stephenson dies following coronavirus diagnosis

ALBANY — Dougherty County Probate Judge Nancy Stephenson, 63, of Albany died Wednesday at her home in Albany from cardiac issues complicated by COVID-19. Reports Clayton News Daily

Stephenson recently tested positive for the virus and succumbed to complications associated with it on Wednesday. Private family graveside services are planned. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date at Albany First United Methodist Church.

Stephenson’s husband, Dougherty County State Court Judge John Stephenson, has also tested positive for the virus and is self-quarantined at home, Holder said.

A native of Tifton, Nancy Stephenson was the fifth of six children of Dr. William T. Smith and Cecilia Travis Smith. She was born on April 28, 1956, attending public schools in Tift County. She attended the University of Georgia and the University of Georgia School of Law and was very proud to be a “Double Dawg.” Upon receiving her juris doctor degree in 1981, she briefly worked for a legal publishing company in Atlanta before moving to Albany, where two of her brothers had established medical practices.

Judge Stephenson started her legal career in Albany as a staff attorney for Georgia Legal Services before moving to private practice with John Salter and Walter Kelley. She later became the first full-time female assistant district attorney for the Dougherty Judicial Circuit. In 1992, she discovered her true calling in life, running for and being elected Probate judge of Dougherty County, a position she has held without opposition for 27 years.

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