Middletown attorney Melynda Cook Howard wasn’t surprised by the large crowd that gathered Wednesday night at Wilson-Schramm-Spaulding Funeral Home.
“He was loved by everybody,” said Cook Howard, who attended the visitation with her husband, Greg Howard, who was recently appointed by Ohio Gov. John Kasich to succeed the late Butler County Common Pleas Judge Craig Hedric.
“…He treated everybody fairly. Justly, but fairly. He had compassion, he had understanding, and he understood the people in front of him,” she said “You have a diverse community here. You can’t just sit there and be a man with a robe on. You have to be the judge who understands there are struggles to be had. He was firm when called for it.”
She mentioned that Judge Wall considered a person and the impact a sentence would have on them and their family. Wall knew, for instance, if he sentenced an AK Steel employee to 30 days in jail, that person could lose his job and possibly their home.
“He would think about the consequence to the person and the family to that person in all aspects,” Cook Howard said.
She paused, then added: “He was the best judge I ever appeared before. Ever. Hands down.”
Cook Howard, along with Middletown attorney James Sherron, has pulled petitions for Wall’s seat. A third petition was pulled, but the person requested to remain anonymous.
A Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. today, Feb. 16, at Holy Family Parish-Holy Trinity Church, 201 Clark St., Middletown with Father John Civille as celebrant.
Interment will follow at Woodside Cemetery with military honors conducted by the Middletown Combined Honor Guard and the Middletown Police Department.