Former Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Charles McCain died Monday morning at Brownwood Regional Medical Center. He was 63.

McCain, who had battled health problems, served as justice of the peace for five terms before leaving office on Dec. 31, 2006. He lost in the March primary election to Bryan Thompson.

McCain, who lived in Early, was a native of Sweetwater and had a law degree from the University of Texas.

“I’m going to miss him,” said Victoria Collom, a clerk in the justice of the peace offices. “He was special. He was very intelligent. He was just good. He taught me a lot.”

“He was one of the most down-to-earth lawyers I have ever seen,” Brown County Court-at-Law Judge Frank Griffin said. “He did an immense amount of (free) legal work. He was recognized by West Texas Legal Services for free legal work he did for the

poor.

“That was just his nature. He was just a good man. … He wanted to help people.” Griffin said McCain cared about his clients and about people.

Griffin, who shared office space with McCain for a time when Griffin was in private practice, said McCain was a meticulous lawyer. “He taught the rest of us a lot of law. He was a joy to share office space with,” Griffin said.