It is with a broken heart that I write about the untimely death of Justice Harris Hines, former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia. Below is a wonderful obituary by Katheryn Tucker of The Daily Report.
Justice Harris Hines was a walking example of how we, as lawyers, should conduct ourselves both professionally and personally. He had a wonderful sense of humor and could tell a story better than Mark Twain. Our family enjoyed a close relationship with him and his beautiful wife, Helen, and I will be eternally grateful for the times we had together. They knew our daughter was a soccer goalkeeper in high school and often compared it to being the parents of a football field goal kicker, as they were with their son, Hap. We connected knowing that your child, as goalkeeper or as field goal kicker, could end up being the the MVP of a win or could be the blame for a heartbreaking loss. We enjoyed many dinners and State Bar trips together. One of my favorite moments was riding back to Jekyll Island on the bus from Jacksonville after UGA had beaten Florida and calling Justice George Carley to share the victory with him on the speakerphone. We sipped Woodford Reserve bourbon together on an Executive Committee trip to Lexington, Kentucky and often shared that fond memory with each other. I am thankful that just two weeks ago Bill and I enjoyed dinner with him and Helen at the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) dinner and we once again got to experience Harris’s sparkling sense of humor and laughter. He was proudly a Georgia Bulldog, and referred to The University of Georgia as simply “The University.” When we told him that our daughter, Alex, had just been admitted to the University of Georgia Law School, he was as proud and as happy for her as if she were his own grandchild.
I think the mark of a man can be summed up in one of my favorite scriptures, 1 Corinthians 13:1, that begins Love is patient, Love is kind. I believe we can easily substitute “Harris” for “Love” in that scripture , and that should give you the essence of Harris Hines: Harris was patient, Harris was kind, Harris was not jealous, Harris did not brag, Harris was not arrogant, Harris was not easily angered, Harris did not keep a record of wrongs, Harris did not rejoice in unrighteousness but rejoiced in truth.