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Funeral services held for Judge Aaron Cohn in Columbus

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

You could tell how loved Judge Aaron Cohn was by the massive amount of people that attended his funeral Sunday.

"The most outstanding citizen I think I've ever known.  I think I've known him since he taught me in Sunday school, right after he came back from World War II," said longtime friend Morton Harris.

Columbus State University Professor Dorinda Dowis says she got her first job working with Judge Cohn as an intake Probation Officer. Dowis says she's seen first hand how Judge Cohn changed lives.

"Being an Intake Officer, that was my job to take many of the young people there, in those five years, before the judge with recommendations, and to be honest, I've had several come through my classes as students at Columbus State University", Professor at Columbus State University Dorinda Dowis said.

Some people say he was known as the judge of second chances. "It was his goal to give everybody, not just the children but their families and the people that worked for him a chance; a second chance, a third chance, sometime fourth chances," Dowis said.

"Anybody that grew up here knew that he was involved with young people.  If they came into his court, they were lucky people because this gentleman had the biggest heart in the world," longtime friend Bunky McClung-Clark said.

Judge Cohn retired last year after 40 years of serving on the bench.  He received a host of outstanding honors during  his career. Judge Cohn was a World War II Veteran. He was given graveside military honors Sunday.

Judge Cohn was best known as the longest running Juvenile Court Judge in the country.  He is survived by a son, two daughters and host of grand and great-grand children.

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