Portsmouth Judge Earle Mobley has died

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – Portsmouth Judge Earle Mobley has passed away.

Councilwoman Elizabeth M. Psimas confirmed to 10 On Your Side that Mobley passed away early Sunday morning; she said he had been ill for some time.

Mobley first ran for Portsmouth Commonwealth’s Attorney in 2001 and served until November 2014.

In November 2001, Earle Mobley became the first Republican elected to a constitutional office in Portsmouth since the Civil War. He did it by building bridges.

Mobley was sworn in as judge on December 1, 2014.

There are no other details at this time, however, Delegate Stephen E. Heretick said the following in a statement to WAVY.com:

“This has been a hard day for all of us. Have known him for years and considered him a good friend. It takes my breath away. Portsmouth has lost a great deal. He was a wonderful friend, husband and judge. He brought kindness, healing and hope to just about everyone he touched. If anything he’ll be remembered for his humor, gentleness and quiet strength. I can tell you my family’s thoughts and prayers go out to him. The entire community is going to mourn his loss. We don’t see a lot of his kind. He really was a wonderful man.”

City of Portsmouth Commonwealth’s Attorney Stephanie Morales said this about the prior Commonwealth’s Attorney:

“I express my deepest condolences to the Mobley family. Judge Mobley gave me my first job as a prosecutor in 2011 and I am thankful for the impact he has had on my life. Our office stands in support of his daughter who is a part of our Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office family. I hope our community will reflect upon all the good Judge Mobley has done while respecting his family’s privacy.”

Senator Louise Lucas also released a statement:

“Judge Earle Mobley was such a good man, and decent person. He was an exceptional Commonwealth Attorney and an outstanding judge. Just an overall outstanding man. This is a loss to the city of Portsmouth and the Judiciary. I nominated him for the judgeship and he did an outstanding job. He will be sorely missed. To the family and friends, they have my heartfelt condolences.”

Stay with WAVY.com for any updates on funeral arrangements.