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Tattnall County was created from Montgomery County on Dec. 5, 1801 by an act of the General Assembly (Ga. Laws 1801, p. 88). Later, parts of Tattnall County were used to help create Toombs County (1905) and Candler and Evans counties (1914). Georgia’s 25th county was named for Josiah Tattnall, Jr., who played a prominent role in repealing the infamous Yazoo Act. In 1796, the General Assembly elected Tattnall to fill the term of U.S. senator James Jackson. At the end of that term in 1799, Tattnall returned to private life. However, on Nov. 7, 1801, the General Assembly elected him governor and immediately named a new county after him.

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Judge Gloria Dubberly and Probate Court Staff

Gloria Purcell Dubberly

GloriaDubberlyJudge Dubberly has held the Office of Judge of the Probate Court since January 2005.

Dubberly is a lifelong resident of Tattnall County. She is married to B. Daniel (Danny) Dubberly, III. They have three adult children: Casey D. Giddens, Justin K. McCloud and Bruce Dubberly. Dubberly is the daughter of LeeRoy and Mary Purcell. Her in-laws are B. Daniel (Dan) Dubberly, Jr. and Betty H. Dubberly, all of Glennville. She is an active member of the First Baptist Church in Glennville and Dayspring Walk to Emmaus where she served as a Board Member. She has served as a member of the Tattnall County Warriors’ Booster Club, Business Advisory Committee at TCHS, Rotary Club of Reidsville, Greater Tattnall Chamber of Commerce, Mentor for BETA Clubs for both elementary and middle schools, and has served on the SPLOST Election Committee. As Probate Judge she serves on the Council of Probate Judges, Constitutional Officers Association of Georgia, National College of Probate Judges and has served on the Training Council which is a four year term.

Judge Dubberly completed The Georgia Probate Court Judges Certificate Program. This Certification Program is provided by The Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia in partnership with the Council of Probate Court Judges of Georgia and the Institute of Continuing Judicial Education. The Program is a mandatory program consisting of 72 hours of instruction. At the end of each class, the Probate Judge must take and pass a written test with a grade of 70 or higher. The Probate Judge must complete the program within five years of taking their first class and test. The Certificate Program covers a variety of topics and skills important for Probate Court Judges, including legal research, legal writing, and statutory interpretation, as well as issues involving real and personal property, torts, and domestic relations.

The link below shows the Dates Courses were completed, Course Hours, Courses, Curriculum Descriptions, and Grades for each course taken through The Georgia Probate Court Judges Certificate Program.

[ The Georgia Probate Court Judges Certificate Program.pdf ]

Probate Court Staff

Court StaffCounty currently has Gloria Purcell Dubberly as the Probate Judge. Other employees of the Probate Court include: Janet L. Allen, Associate Judge; Delores Williams, Clerk; and Sandy Simmons, Clerk. These employees are dedicated and faithful. Our mission statement and goals are:

“To always be mindful of the taxpayer’s support of this office, be good stewards of the County’s property, give the County full service for compensation received, give the users of this office the benefit of friendliness, team spirit, respect, and compassion, and to respond to every request in a timely and efficient manner.”

Left to Right: Sandy Simmons, Clerk; Janet Allen, Associate Judge; Delores Williams, Clerk; and Gloria Dubberly, Probate Judge