Robert E. Brizendine

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Robert E. Brizendine

Robert E. Brizendine, retired United States Judge, passed away peacefully to enter at Heaven’s gates on November 18, 2020. He was at home with his loving family at the time of his death. Born on June 22, 1946, in Franklin, Kentucky, he will be laid to rest at a private graveside ceremony at Arlington Memorial Park, Sandy Springs, Georgia. Reverend Darren Hensley, Judge Brizendine’s former law clerk, will preside at the interment. Judge Brizendine grew up in Franklin and was the oldest of six children born to Thomas Milton Brizendine (Tommy) and Beatrice Eggert Brizendine (Bea). Judge Brizendine attended the public schools in Franklin. Known as “Junior,” he was an outstanding athlete and excellent student at Franklin-Simpson High School (FSHS). He lettered in basketball, baseball, and tennis. Junior led his high school basketball team on their quest to play in the Kentucky State High School Basketball Tournament – the original “Sweet Sixteen.” Alas, the FSHS Wildcats lost in the final game of the Fifth Region Tournament, the team’s final game of 1964. In his senior year, Briz averaged 22 points a game, scored 41 points in one game, and was named to the post-season All-District and All Regional Tournament teams. Local sportswriters nicknamed him “Bob the Bullet” and “Briz the Whiz.” He was inducted into the FSHS Hall of Fame in 2019. But Judge Brizendine was not just another talented high school athlete. He was valedictorian of his high school class. Judge Brizendine’s athletic skills and superb academic record led Georgia Tech to award him a four year basketball scholarship. Coach John Whack Hyder referred to him as “little Bobby Brizendine.” The highlight of his basketball career at Tech was his buzzer beater shot in 1968 that defeated the second ranked North Carolina Tar Heels. Judge Brizendine’s ability to maintain his academics while playing division one basketball led some of his Sigma Nu brothers to create a rumor that he had a photographic memory. Judge Brizendine graduated from Georgia Tech in 1968, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering. He then enrolled at Vanderbilt Law School, coincidentally re-joining his high school friend and basketball teammate Lee Steers in Vandy’s first-year law school class. While attending law school, he helped pay his expenses by teaching calculus in the engineering school at Vanderbilt. He graduated from Vandy Law with a Juris Doctor in 1971. A summer clerkship experience at Lockheed convinced him that private practice with a small law firm was the course to follow. He applied at Hicks, Eubanks, and Scroggins, a small firm in Atlanta focusing on bankruptcy law. In addition to taking on the role of a young attorney after graduation from Vanderbilt, Judge Brizendine joined the United States Army Reserves. He served in the reserves until 1979 and was honorably discharged that year as a captain. Judge Brizendine served the legal community as a bankruptcy attorney for 21 years. His partner throughout those years in practice was the late Frank Scroggins. For his last several years in private practice, Judge Brizendine worked with Frank Scroggins in the firm of Scroggins and Brizendine. After 21 years of distinction as a practicing attorney, the Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit selected Robert E. Brizendine, attorney, to become a bankruptcy judge in the Northern District of Georgia. He served on the bench for 21 years. Attorneys practicing before him knew him to be fair, well versed in the law, and humble. A committed bachelor, his status changed when he met the love of his life, Bobette Hollingsworth, a registered nurse from Mississippi. They were married in 1983 and had two children, Ashley and Robert Bradford (Brad). Bob loved coaching youth basketball and his son’s soccer team, the “Turtle Dudes.” Judge Brizendine’s dear friend and colleague, Stan Wilson, coached with him, and they loved to reminisce about the Turtle Dudes playing the Steam Rollers in nail biting games. Judge Brizendine was an avid reader, especially spy novels. He loved golf, bridge and working in the yard. He especially enjoyed playing golf at “the Orchard” with best friend and tennis partner, Jim Higdon. Bob’s faith and love of God and family were evident daily. He was active at Northside Methodist and later at the Church of Apostles. As his memory was fading, he walked around his home with a yellow legal pad reciting John 3:16 written boldly. He never wanted to forget that lifesaving verse. Bob is preceded in death by his parents, Tommy and Bea Brizendine, and an infant brother, John. He is survived by five brothers and sisters: Marion Connor of Vero Beach, Florida; Beth Ann Salyers of Bradenton Florida; Cindy Brizendine (Bobby Elliott) of Atlanta, Georgia; Bill Brizendine (Melinda Brizendine) of Lexington Ky., and Bret Brizendine of Springhill, Florida. Judge Brizendine was revered as a peacemaker with a sweet, gentle spirit. His constant advice to his children was, “be humble in all things.” In his last years he battled dementia, and was lovingly attended by his wife, Bobette, daughter, Ashley, and caregivers in his home. He graced them daily with a warm and beautiful smile. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, those wishing to make memorial donations contribute to: Thrive Academy, 2182 Mack Drive NW, Atlanta, Ga. 30318 Global Outreach International, P.O. Box 1, Tupelo MS. 38802 New Day Church of the Nazarene, 8561 Ga Highway 85 South, Riverdale Ga., 30296 or Church of the Apostles, 3585 Northside Pkwy NW, Atlanta, Ga, 30327. The family has chosen Carithers Flowers (770-980-3000) to do their family flowers, please contact them if you wish to send flowers.
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All the Gwynn and Manions

November 22, 2020

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May the beauty of this tree be as special to those who see it as Bob was to his family and all those whose lives he graced. A true gentleman.
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Lindsay and Richard Gerakitis

November 22, 2020

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Our sincere condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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Bebo, Steppie, Bubba,Sarah,and Stephen Beasley

November 20, 2020

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May Gods peace surround and comfort you.
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The Beasleys

November 20, 2020

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May Gods peace surround and comfort you. With love, Bebo, Steppie, Bubba, Sarah, and Stephen Beasley
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Tribute Store

November 20, 2020

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Curtis L. Chronister Jr.

November 19, 2020

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We will miss him. May my prayers reach your hearts and eases your pain. With Warmest Sympathy.
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Virginia B. Bogue

November 19, 2020

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I am so sorry for your loss. I respected Judge Brizendine so much and enjoyed practicing before him.
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Linda and Michael Horning

November 19, 2020

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Bobette, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so grateful Mike and I had the opportunity to meet Bob.
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Harry Bassler

November 19, 2020

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Sent with love and remembrance, Harry and Wardlyn
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Tribute Store

November 19, 2020

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My condolences to The Brizendine Family!
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Charles Bussey

November 19, 2020

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Rest In Peace my friend. I will always cherish our time together.

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