Women’s History Month: Gerry Edmonds Holmes

Geraldine (Gerry) Edmonds Holmes (September 14, 1947 – April 9, 2003) is buried in Greenwood cemetery with an inscription of “Loving Mother and Wife” as well as “First Female District Attorney.” She has been added to our Cemetery Tour as a notable person.

Below is a timeline of her accomplishments according to her obituary:

1947: Born in Franklin, TN
1967: University of the Americas in Mexico City
1969: BA Degree in English and French (majors) and Spanish and Sociology (minors) from the Siena College for Women
1969: Coordinating Editor for Southern Farm Publications in Nashville, TN
1970: Copy Editor for Star Newspapers in Millington, TN
1972: Law Clerk and Attorney for Dean Peery, Memphis
1973: Juris Doctor from Memphis State University
1974: Admitted to all courts in the state of TN
1974: Law Clerk for James I. Parker, Cedartown
1975: Admitted to all courts in the state of GA
1975: Practicing lawyer in Cedartown
1975: Personal Injury Attorney for Mundy and Gammage in Cedartown
1982: President of the Tallapoosa Circuit Bar Association
1998: Joined Holmes Law Firm
2000-2001: Judge of the ATLA Appellate Advocacy Competitions
2002: Sworn in as District Attorney for the Tallapoosa Judicial Circuit
2003: Passed Away in Cedartown, GA

Other Activities and Organizations:

Polk County Child Abuse Protocol Committee, member of St. Bernadette Catholic Church, English for Hispanics, Federal Bar Council for the Northern District of Georgia and Committee on Discipline, U.S. District Courts, Northern District of Georgia, Cedartown Junior Service League, French teacher in the Polk
Enrichment Program

Source: US Gen Web Archives and Find a Grave.