Portrait To Honor Retired Chief District Court Judge

Johnston County officials have adopted a resolution allowing the placement of a portrait in the Johnston County Courthouse in honor of retired Chief District Court Judge Albert “Andy” Corbett Jr.

Corbett graduated from Wilson’s Mills High School in 1962 and completed his undergraduate education at Wake Forest University, graduating in 1966. He was admitted to the Wake Forest University law School that same year. He graduated in 1969.

Mr. Corbett began his legal career in Smithfield where he built a general law practice and earned a reputation as a tenacious lawyer.  He served as attorney for the Johnston County Board of Education for 20 years.

In 1990, he was elected as a District Court Judge and served for 24 years and 1 month. For 13 of those years, he served as the Chief District Court Judge for the Eleventh Judicial District, serving the people of Johnston, Harnett and Lee Counties.

This month, County Commissioners approved a request from the Johnston County Bar Association to place a portrait of Judge Corbett in Courtroom 4 at the Johnston County Courthouse in conformity with the hanging of portraits of previous judges.

District Court Judges Paul Holcombe and Frank Wood were present at the County Commission meeting when the resolution was adopted.  Corbett, who was also in attendance, thanked commissioners for the approval.

An exact date for the portrait unveiling has not been announced but it officials anticipate it will be held sometime in September.