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Berry Avant Edenfield

Berry Avant Edenfield, American federal judge. Bar: Georgia 1958. Member Georgia State Senate, 1965-1966.


Edenfield, Berry Avant was born on August 2, 1934 in Bulloch County, Georgia, United States. Son of Perry and Vera Edenfield.


Born in Bulloch County, Georgia, Edenfield received a B.B.A. from the University of Georgia in 1956 and an LL.B. from the University of Georgia in 1958.


He was in the United States Army, Georgia National Guard from 1957 to 1963. On September 27, 1978, Edenfield was nominated by President Jimmy Carter to a seat on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia vacated by Alexander A. Lawrence. Edenfield was confirmed by the United States Senate on October 10, 1978, and received his commission on October 11, 1978.

He served as chief judge from 1990 to 1997, and assumed senior status on August 2, 2006. Edenfield died May 9, 2015, aged 80, at Candler Hospital in Savannah, Georgia from metastatic lung cancer.


He was in private practice in Statesboro, Georgia from 1958 to 1978, and served as a member of the Georgia State Senate from 1965 to 1966.


Married Vida Melvis Bryant, August 3, 1963.