House OKs bill to name courthouse for Doub

Sep 22, 2016
In The News

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation to name the federal bankruptcy courthouse in Greenville in honor of U.S. Federal Judge Randy D. Doub.

U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, a Wilson Democrat who represents portions of Greenville and Pitt County, introduced the bill Nov. 5 and it received approval on Tuesday, Butterfield’s office reported in a news release. 

Doub served as a judge for nine years in United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. He died suddenly in January 2015. The bill, also supported by U.S. Rep. Walter Jones, Republican of Farmville, now goes to the U.S. Senate.

“There is no more fitting way to honor the judicial legacy and contributions of Judge Randy D. Doub than to name the United States Courthouse in Greenville, where he served with such distinction, in his honor,” said Butterfield.

“It is my hope that the U.S. Senate will work expeditiously to pass this bill so that his contributions to the community he loved so much will live on for generations to come.”

Doub was appointed as a bankruptcy judge by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in 2006 and served as the chief bankruptcy judge from 2007 until his death. Prior to taking the bench, Doub was in private practice for 26 years. He was appointed to the North Carolina Board of Transportation in 1985, where he served until 1990.

The Greenville courthouse opened in 2013 as part of a reorganization of facilities. The 26,500-square-foot building houses about two dozen employees and handles cases in the Eastern District’s northeast region.

Doub, who was 59, was a Winston-Salem native and 1977 graduate of East Carolina University. He received his law degree from UNC in 1980 and and practiced in Greenville at Dixon and Horne and later Dixon, Doub & Conner.

Republican Gov. James G. Martin appointed Doub to the North Carolina Board of Transportation.

“I am so pleased that the House has acted to rename the Greenville courthouse in memory of Judge Randy Davis Doub,” Jones said. “This is the right thing to do for a man who fervently believed in God and justice.”