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Retired Mississippi Chancellor dies in Columbia

The Mississippi Supreme Court announced Tuesday the death of retired Chancellor Sebe Dale, Jr., at his home in Columbia. He was 94.

Judge Dale retired December 31, 2010 after 42 years on the bench.He was a Youth Court referee for 10 years before being elected to the Chancery bench.  The building where Judge Dale held court in Columbia, formerly known as the Chancery Court Annex, was renamed “The Sebe Dale, Jr. Chancery Court Building” in his honor in November 2010, shortly before he retired.

Judge Dale was a graduate of Columbia public schools, Mississippi College and the University of Mississippi School of Law. He was admitted to the Mississippi Bar in 1948, and worked in  private practice for 31 years. He was a recipient of numerous awards, including the Chief Justice Award, the Mississippi Bar Lifetime Achievement Award and the Mississippi State University Prelaw Society’s Distinguished Jurist Award.

Dale was a veteran of World War II, having served four years of  active duty in the U.S. Army Air Corps.  He was a reservist for 27 years, including service in the Judge Advocate General Corps. He retired at the rank of Colonel in 1981.

A funeral service for Judge Dale is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, April 8, at First Baptist Church in Columbia. Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. – his usual time for starting court.  Interment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery. 

Hathorn Funeral Home in Columbia is handling arrangements.

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