|Birth: ||Jun. 12, 1945|
|Death: ||Sep. 23, 2011|
Even though he had been a member of 36th District Court for less than a year, Judge George Chatman was embraced by colleagues for his even disposition and conscientious demeanor.
A native Detroiter, Judge Chatman died Sept. 23 at a home in Detroit that was owned by his brother. He was 66. The cause of death was not revealed.
"He was an excellent judge who demonstrated good temperament, and whenever anyone left his courtroom -- win or lose -- they felt like they had their day in court," Chief Judge Marylin Atkins said. "He was very methodical, but that's because he wanted to make sure he made the right decision. It was a pleasure being one of his colleagues, and he will be missed."
A graduate of Cass Technical High School, he served in the Air Force for four years and reached the rank of sergeant.
After earning a bachelor's degree in education from Wayne State University, Judge Chatman received his master's degree in education and his law degree from the University of Detroit.
Before his appointment to the bench in December, Judge Chatman had been an attorney in private practice since 1982, focusing on criminal and appellate defense work.
"Losing a judge of his caliber was a definite blow to the court, because he was able to step right in and do such a thorough job," said Judge Kenneth J. King, chief judge pro tem of 36th District Court. "He fought long and hard to get here, and his experience proved invaluable."
Survivors include his wife, Marian, and a daughter, Sharyl.
Visitation will be noon-9 p.m. today at Swanson Funeral Home, 14751 W. McNichols in Detroit.
A funeral service is at 11 a.m. Saturday at Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, 2080 W. Grand Blvd. A 10 a.m. family hour will precede the service.
Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit.
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Record added: Oct 01, 2011
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