Judge William Marion Guess Marion passed away July 17, 2012. A life-long resident of Stone Mountain, Judge Guess was preceded by his father, William Marion Guess, Sr. and is survived by his wife, Iliana, son Trey, daughter Casi, granddaughters Anna Kate and Ella Grace, mother Dorothy, sister Becky, and nieces April and Dee. Judge Guess served the Probate Court of DeKalb County for 32 years, operated a private practice in partnership with Victoria Gunn, owned and operated Georgia Probate Notes, authored numerous books, served as Vice President and President of the Georgia Council of Probate Court Judges and as President of the National College of Probate Judges. He was a highly regarded and well respected judge – known for his compassion and fairness. Judge Guess received the William W. Treat Award from the National College of Probate Judges for his contributions to Probate Law and was voted 2001 Outstanding Probate Court Judge of the Year by his colleagues. Judge William Marion Guess will be deeply missed by his adoring family and many friends. Services will be held at Stone Mountain First United Methodist Church on Saturday, July 21st at 4:30pm. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society https://www.lls.org.

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  1. This is a very sad day for me. Marion was one of my best buddies all through high school and into college. I will miss him. He was a courageous, gentle and devoted soul.

  2. Ili, Casi and Trey – our thoughts and prayers are with you, your family and friends. Anne Miller and Gene Benedict

  3. Dear Iliana and all of the family, Please accept my sympathy in the loss of your beloved Marion. He was esteemed and loved by Probate Court judges Statewide and will be truly missed. God’s blessings on each of you, Kip

  4. I knew Judge Guess thru our family of Probate Court Judges. He touched many lives and will be remembered and missed by us all. His family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  5. My sincere condolences go out to the family of the distinguished Judge William Marion Guess, Jr. My prayers are with you at your time of sorrow. It was an honor and privilege to work for Judge Guess until the time of his retirement.

  6. Ili, Trey and Casi, I was so shocked to hear about Marion’s death. He was one of the nicest people we had the privilege of knowing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Tom, Robin, Sherry, Leslie and Tommy

  7. Judge Guess will be remembered as a true gentleman and scholar..
    My condolences to the family, my thoughts and prayers are with you.

  8. My deepest sympathy to Ms. Dorothy and family. I remember Marion as being a very nice person. A true public servant.

  9. Words are not easy at a time like this. In my memory, Marion is still a teenager or a young adult.
    He has always been respected and loved. My thoughts and prayers are with you today. Remember, the grief we have is for ourselves for
    He is well and at peace and with God. Please know that you are loved. Mary Barton J. Lanford

  10. Dearest Casi……how saddened we are for you and your family. What a privilege it was to know your Dad through the court, then to meet your adorable family through church. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Much love, Betty & Bill Robinson

  11. Please accept my heartfelt sympathies. My heart goes out to the family. Death is something we will never get use to. In fact, God’s Word refers to death as an enemy. 1 Corinthians 15:26 Very soon our loving Heavenly Father, Jehovah God, will remove death once and for all and give us the opportunity to see our loved ones again here on the earth.

  12. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I have wonderful memories of Mr. Guess from so many years ago – a wonderful and kind man.
    My love to you all,

  13. To the Family of Judge Guess:
    I am so sorry for your loss. I knew Judge Guess through the Probate court trainings. He was always a kind and generous person. He was a delight to know and will most certainly be missed by many.

  14. Ms Dorothy, Becky and all the other family members –

    I was so sorry to hear of Marion’s death. He was such a good and kind man. He will certainly be missed and my thoughts and prayers go out to you and all your family.
    Mary Dudley

  15. I’ll miss him!!! He was one of my favorite persons; his character was always so wise and benevolent that I aspired to be as nice and wise as he was. Condolences to the family; I am sorry I did not hear of his passing until after the funeral. Chandler Bridges

  16. I regret that I was out of town when I heard this news and was not able to share my condolences in person. He was always ready to assist with any endeavor of the Judicial Council/AOC and Council of Probate Judges that would help probate judges better serve the citizens of Georgia. He is greatly missed. Marla

  17. Illi and family, Becky, Mrs. Guess, I am shocked and saddened to get the news today. Marion was the example of a Southern Gentleman . My Prayers are with the family.

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