Judge Fred Gore
A local, homegrown leader, Judge Fred Gore exemplifies fairness and selfless service as a District Court Judge and as a Judge Advocate General (JAG) officer in the North Carolina National Guard. From his simple beginnings in Supply, North Carolina, to his multiple military deployments to the Middle East, Judge Gore’s character is a reflection of small-town Christian values and his military expertise. During highly stressful conditions, these laudable qualities reflect the genuine nature of a man who values faith, integrity, and professionalism.
Fred grew up in Southeastern NC, and, after high school, joined the North Carolina National Guard as an infantry soldier. He completed basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia before beginning college at UNC Charlotte, where he graduated with a B.S.B.A. in marketing.
After graduation, Fred procured employment for several years and was able to use his marketing skills with notable companies, such as Nike and Summit Marketing. Upon continuing his education, he attended the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, Virginia, and graduated with his Juris Doctorate degree. As a well-rounded student, Fred completed over 300 hours of community service and was selected to the Who’s Who of American Law Students in 2003 and 2004.
After Fred completed law school, his National Guard unit was mobilized to Iraq from 2006 to 2007. In addition to serving as one of the Non-Commissioned Officers in Charge, he completed Sniper Small Kill Team training and earned the Army Commendation and Army Achievement Medals. After returning home to North Carolina, Fred moved to Durham, where he joined the Durham County District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant District Attorney. Later that same year, Fred became a commissioned JAG Officer in the North Carolina National Guard.
Fred decided to depart Durham for his home district of Brunswick, Bladen, and Columbus Counties in 2011, where he joined the District Attorney’s Office. Shortly after moving back to his childhood home in 2011, he was again mobilized to serve his country in Kuwait. He served as the Chief Prosecutor and Officer in Charge for his Brigade’s Legal Team and supervised two JAG attorneys and seven paralegals while deployed. Fred’s dedicated service during this deployment earned him the Army’s Meritorious Service Medal and the Commander’s Coin for Performance.
After returning home in 2012, he resumed his position with the District Attorney’s office. In 2014, while serving as a prosecutor, Fred filed and ran for the District Court Bench. In November of 2014, he was elected to serve Brunswick, Bladen, and Columbus Counties as District Court Judge.
Fred, his wife Shannon, and twin sons call Whiteville, NC home, where they enjoy the love of the outdoors. He is a member of Big Macedonia Baptist Church, on the Board of Trustees for the Boys & Girls Homes of NC, and also serves on the Executive Board of the Cape Fear Council of Boy Scouts of America. Along with all of Fred’s responsibilities and accomplishments, he has been able to complete specialized training in order to become a Certified Juvenile Court Judge. He is also continuing his 27th year of service in the NC National Guard, the last 11 as a Major in the JAG Corps.