Abishai Ezra, 23, who grew up in Manchester, was in “a bad place” as a child.
Ezra didn’t believe in a “bright future” until he met Coffee County General Sessions and Juvenile Court Judge Timothy R. Brock, who passed away unexpectedly Nov. 11.
Ezra is now an actor in California and the once-unimaginable “bright future” is his reality. He has a successful career and he travels the world.
“I grew up in the foster care system in Tennessee and aged out of the system at 18 years old,” Ezra said. “I have to share my testimony about Judge Brock.”
Ezra was 13 when he first met Brock.
“I went through 22 foster homes and experienced a lot of bad times and it was Judge Brock that always had my back and would have me placed in a better home,” Ezra said. “Each bad experience he never gave up on me and he always checked up on me to ensure that I was continually hitting goals.
“Judge Brock changed my life. He put a lot of faith in me.”
Ezra graduated from Coffee County Central High School in 2014.
“I am where I am today because Judge Brock showed me that someone in the system could care about a lost foster kid,” Ezra said. “I owe a great deal to my conversations with this man. He will be truly missed.”