Charles Ruffin, the president of the State Bar of Georgia, announced Saturday that on Jan. 8 the bar will hold a memorial service for Cliff Brashier, the bar’s longtime executive director who died on Friday at age 69.

The Daily Report will have a full obituary in Tuesday’s edition.

Here is Ruffin’s full statement:

Cliff Brashier was a good man, a good family man and a good father. He was also perfectly suited for his position as executive director of the State Bar of Georgia, which requires sound and honest counsel to the Bar leadership. By greater measure than most people know, Cliff Brashier led the Bar and in so doing elevated its role as an effective organization representing the best interests of the justice system and the legal profession. Those were always his guiding lights: family, justice and the profession.

His family has sustained a terrible loss, and we ask for your fervent prayers for them. Those of us at the State Bar have lost a close friend and mentor who helped create a wonderful working environment. We ask that Cliff be remembered fondly and given the credit he so richly deserves for his exemplary leadership of the people and programs of the State Bar, as well as his many lasting contributions to the cause of justice in our state.

A private funeral service will be held, and the family requests that memorial contributions be made to The Walker School or the State Bar of Georgia Foundation to support the State Bar’s Law-Related Education and “Journey Through Justice” program.

The State Bar of Georgia will honor Cliff with a memorial service on Wednesday, January 8, 2014, at 2 p.m. at the Bar Center.