Longtime Judge Robert E. Burch dies at age 69

(Courtesy: State of Tennessee 23rd Judicial District Drug Court)
(Courtesy: State of Tennessee 23rd Judicial District Drug Court)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Longtime 23rd Judicial District Circuit Judge Robert E. Burch passed away at the age of 69.

He died Friday night after suffering from a heart attack.

Burch was the presiding judge of the district that included Cheatham, Dickson, Houston, Humphreys, and Stewart counties.

He also presided over one of the state’s oldest drug courts, and was the founding judge of the 23rd Judicial District drug court in 2000.

“While Judge Burch did an amazing job leading the Drug Court in his district, he also had a tremendous impact on Drug Courts across Tennessee,” said Kevin Batts, TADCP president. “That’s because Judge Burch’s Drug Court has been held up as a model for many other Drug Courts in the state.”

Judge Burch retired in 2014, but his work did not stop there.

He continued to serve on the drug court and returned to the bench last summer under a special appointment to help the district with its heavy caseload.

Funeral arrangements for Judge Burch are being handled by Taylor Funeral Home, which is located in Dickson, Tennessee.