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Judge Perdue steps down for health reasons

Franklin County Circuit Judge Clyde H. Perdue Jr. has retired from the bench citing health reasons.

Perdue, 66, stepped down effective Jan. 8, The Roanoke Times reported.

Perdue took office Jan. 1, 2015, filling the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge William Alexander. Perdue went on leave in July 2020 and returned briefly in August before withdrawing again in September, the paper reported.

Perdue received undergraduate and master’s degrees from Virginia Tech, then graduated from Campbell University law school in 1984. He practiced in Rocky Mount for three decades before appointment to the bench.

Perdue is the father of four children and the grandfather of five.

Perdue’s eight-year term would have expired at the end of 2022.

Sen. John Edwards, D-Roanoke, told the paper the process of filling the vacancy will likely occur during the Virginia General Assembly’s regular session.