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Judge wins Square Knot Award

Pataula Circuit Chief Judge Joe Bishop, center, accepts the Square Knot Award from American Legion Georgia Commander Phil Youngblood, left, and American Legion Post 30 Commander Ray Humphrey.

Pataula Circuit Chief Judge Joe Bishop, center, accepts the Square Knot Award from American Legion Georgia Commander Phil Youngblood, left, and American Legion Post 30 Commander Ray Humphrey.

ALBANY — Pataula Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Joe Bishop has been awarded the Square Knot Award by American Legion Post 30, Sons of the American Legion Squadron 30 and the Chehaw Council Boy Scouts of America.

Bishop is the first recipient of the Square Knot Award from the Chehaw Council or Squadron 30 of the Sons of the American Legion. The award is made in recognition of dedication and work to assist the furthering of the Scouting program in the American Legion. Bishop’s years of dedicated service to the American Legion and to the Boy Scouts was acknowledged in a letter of commendation from National American Legion Commander Jimmie Foster.

An Eagle Scout with Troop 111 in 1973, the judge has served on the Chehaw Council Executive Board for more than two decades. He was scoutmaster for Troop 70 sponsored by the First Presbyterian Church in Dawson during the 1980s and was assistant scoutmaster and scoutmaster of Troop 414 sponsored by Deerfield-Windsor School 1992-2005. During that period, 27 Scouts, including six sets of brother (including Bishop’s sons Matthew and Phillip) advanced to the rank of Eagle Scout.

Bishop is a 1979 honor graduate of Valdosta State University and a 1982 graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law. He has served as a Superior Court judge since 1991 and has been chief judge of the Pataula Circuit since 1994, sreving as president of the Council of Superior Judges in 2000. He is a Sunday school teacher at Sherwood Baptist Church and for 10 years the volunteer cross-country coach at Deerfield-Windsor School, where he is a past chairman of the Board of Trustees.

“No matter what I do,” Bishop said, “I will never do enough to repay the many men and women that invested so much in me and my family from the American Legion and the Boys Scouts. ... The American Legion and the Boys Scouts of America are great organizations because they teach citizenship, character and camping skills. The Legion and the Boys Scouts have given me an award for doing what I love to do.”

In addition to their two sons, Bishop and his wife, Carol Coburn Bishop, have a daughter, Sarah, who is a senior at Georgia State University.