The Honorable F. Larry Salmon, age 83, of Armuchee, passed away on Saturday, November 6, 2021, at a local hospital.

                Judge Salmon was born in Rome, Georgia on March 29, 1938, son of the late Finnis Cartwright Salmon and the late Bonnie Smith Salmon.  He was also preceded in death by his wife and mother of his children, Sally Meroney Salmon, on April 13, 2010, and by his second wife, Glenda Minter Salmon, on December 31, 2013.  Judge Salmon was a member of New Armuchee Baptist Church.  He was a 1956 graduate of Armuchee High School.  He then attended Georgia Tech and later transferred the University of Georgia where he graduated in 1962 and was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity.  He received his juris doctorate in 1963 and has been a member of the Georgia Bar Association since.

                After college, Judge Salmon returned to Rome and worked with the Parker, Clary & Kent Law Firm.  In 1964, he was named Assistant Solicitor and was later appointed as Assistant District Attorney under Judge Robert Walther.  Judge Salmon was elected District Attorney for Floyd County in the early 1970’s and served in that capacity until December 31, 1984.  He practiced law in private practice for four years and was elected as Superior Court Judge in 1988 and took his place on the bench on January 1, 1989, and served until his retirement on December 31, 2008.  He continued to serve as a Senior Superior Court Judge in Georgia until September 2021.

                Judge Salmon was the first two-time Elected President of the Prosecuting Attorney’s Association of Georgia.  He completed the National District Attorney’s College and completed the National Judicial College.  Judge Salmon was asked to sit on the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Georgia when judges had conflicts and could not hear a case.

                Judge Salmon employed and mentored many influential people in our area including Vic Reynolds, current Head of the G.B.I.; Greg Price, current Juvenile Court Judge in Floyd County; Tami Colston, Retired Senior Judge and former Elected District Attorney for Floyd County; Leigh Patterson, current Elected District Attorney for Floyd County; Tim Pape, former Juvenile Court Judge for Floyd County; as well and many others.  He worked on numerous successful local, state, and national political campaigns.

                Judge Salmon is survived by a daughter, Stacy Leigh Dean, Rome; a son, Finnis Kevin Salmon (Noreen), Rome; grandchildren, Ethan Dean (Emily), SSGT Jackson Dean, USAF (Tyanna), Finnis Kavanaugh Salmon, and Boyd Rose; and great grandchildren, Will & Mary Caroline Dean.

                Funeral services will be held on Friday, November 12, 2021, at 2pm at Pleasant Valley North Baptist Church with Dr. David Howard and the Rev. Mac McCurry officiating.  Interment will follow in East View Cemetery.

                The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel, on Thursday from 5 until 7pm.

                Members of the Floyd County Law Enforcement Honor Guard will serve as pallbearers.  Current sitting judges and retired judges of Floyd Superior Court are asked to serve as honorary pallbearers and are asked to assemble at the church on Friday at 1:30pm.

                In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Armuchee High School Boosters Club.

                Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel, has charge of the arrangements.