Greenville Federal Courthouse to be Renamed
The United States courthouse in Greenville will be renamed to honor a local judge and lawyer after a bill sponsored by eastern North Carolina congressmen was signed into law.
U.S. Rep. G. K. Butterfield of Wilson, who represents the 1st Congressional District, last year introduced H.R. 3937, a bill to designate the federal courthouse at 150 Reade Circle as the Randy D. Doub United States Courthouse. U.S. Rep. Walter B. Jones Jr. of Farmville, who represents the 3rd Congressional District, and Sens. Richard Burr and Thom Tillis also were supporters.
The bill was signed into law last month, and the courthouse is expected to be officially renamed during a ceremony in the spring, officials said on Thursday. Details about the ceremony have not been released.
Doub was a judge for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina and practiced law in private practice for more than 25 years in Greenville, according to news releases issued Thursday by Jones’ and Butterfield’s offices. Doub died in January 2015 at the age of 59.
“Throughout his life, Judge Randy Doub made an incredible mark on eastern North Carolina,” Butterfield said. “I am pleased that the passage of this bill will rightfully add to his legacy. There is no more fitting way to honor the contributions of Judge Doub than to name the U.S. Courthouse in Greenville, where he served with such distinction, in his honor. I thank my colleague Congressman Walter Jones for joining me in this effort to honor an outstanding North Carolinian and a great American.”
Jones said Doub was a good man.
“He lived his faith by serving others, loving his family, and giving back to his community and country,” Jones said. “One way he gave back was his work designing, creating and overseeing the Greenville courthouse. There is no better way to celebrate his life than renaming the building he cared so much about after him. Thank you to my colleagues and President Obama for expeditiously passing this bill so we could properly honor Randy’s life.”
Burr said Doub was a man of faith and a friend to many in Greenville.
“Judge Randy Doub’s legacy will live on through the naming of this courthouse and the memories of those who knew and loved him,” he said.
Doub was a dedicated civil servant, Tillis said.
“I am happy the Greenville courthouse that he helped make a reality will now be named in his honor and his contribution to Eastern North Carolina will be long remembered,” Tillis said.
Watch Rep. Butterfield’s remarks on the House Floor in support of the bill below.