Isaac “Buddy” Jolles, 83, born in Augusta on Dec. 13, 1931, died Friday, April 24, 2015.
Mr. Jolles was preceded in death by his parents, Nathan Jolles and Dorothy Levy Jolles Robin; his stepfather, Harry Robin; his brother, Howard P. Jolles; and his sister, Natalie Jolles Miller. Mr. Jolles is survived by his wife of 47 years, Myra Abelman Jolles; children Scott and Karen Jolles of Atlanta, Marcy Jolles and John Achee of Athens, and Jonathan and Leslie Jolles of Atlanta; and grandchildren Rachel, Philip, Lily and Olivia Jolles of Atlanta. Many loving nephews, nieces and cousins also survive Mr. Jolles.
Mr. Jolles spent the first 82 years of his life in Augusta. He attended the Academy of Richmond County, where he graduated in 1948, and a junior college that became Augusta State University. Mr. Jolles attended the University of Georgia School of Law. While in law school, Mr. Jolles was a member of the Phi Delta Phi law fraternity, a student editor of the Georgia Law Review and a member of Tau Epsilon Phi fraternity. Mr. Jolles passed the Georgia Bar in 1952 and graduated law school cum laude in 1953 with an L.L.B. degree. Mr. Jolles served his country with honor as a captain in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps in the U.S. Army. He served from 1954 to 1957 and completed a tour in Korea during that time.
Once Mr. Jolles left the army, he joined the law firm of Sanders, Thurmond and Hester in Augusta. He later became a partner in the firm. In 1967, Mr. Jolles left the firm and started a private practice. In 1967, Richard Slaby and Mr. Jolles formed the law firm of Jolles and Slaby, which remained in practice until 1997. In 1998, the citizens of Richmond County elected Mr. Jolles probate judge of Richmond County. He held that position until his retirement in March 2012.
Mr. Jolles was an active member of the community in Augusta, serving on various board positions in the Augusta Bar Association, teaching at the former Augusta Law School, and being a board member and past president of Congregation Children of Israel, Walton Way Temple. Mr. Jolles was vice commander of the Jewish War Veterans and a member of the Lions Club. From 1973 to 1981, Mr. Jolles served as judge of the Recorder’s Court of Augusta. In 2003, the Augusta Bar Association honored Mr. Jolles on the 50th anniversary of his practice of law.
Mr. Jolles was a man of honor and integrity. He never met a person whom he would not help, and he had many good friends. Mr. Jolles loved antique automobiles, Cushman motor scooters and Boston terrier dogs, especially his little Molly. The last year and half of his life, he and his wife moved to Athens to be closer to their children. His daughter Marcy was granted the honor and privilege of assisting in his care during that time. The family extends great thanks to his caregivers at the St. Mary’s Center for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care and St. Mary’s Hospice House in Athens.
His nephews Frank Miller, Henry Miller, Nathan Miller, Richard Miller, Nathan Jolles, Alan Jolles, Steven Jolles, Harris Abelman and Tom Brown will serve as pallbearers at his funeral. Honorary pallbearers are his good friends Richard Slaby, Carlton Vaughn and John Harley.
The funeral will be held at noon on Monday, April 27, at Congregation Children of Israel, Walton Way Temple, in Augusta. A military tribute will be held graveside after the service.
Elliott Sons Funeral Home, Martinez.