Judge Fred Gore grew up in Supply, NC. After high school he joined the North Carolina National Guard as an infantry soldier. He completed basic and advanced individual training at Fort Benning, Ga., before leaving for college.
Judge Gore attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he majored in Business with a concentration in Marketing and obtained his B.S.B.A. in 1998. Judge Gore worked in the business world for several years with companies like Nike before going back to law school. He was admitted to Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, Va., and graduated with his Juris Doctorate. In Law School Judge Gore excelled as a well-rounded student and member of his community while completing over 300 hours of community service and he was also selected to Who’s Who of American Law Students in 2003 and 2004.
After law school Judge Gore’s National Guard unit was mobilized to Iraq for 2006 and 2007. He served within his unit as one of the Non-commission Officer’s In Charge. He proudly finished his tour of Iraq, completing Sniper Small Kill Team training and earning the Army Commendation and Army Achievement Medals. After returning home to North Carolina, Judge Gore moved to Durham, joining the Durham County District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant District Attorney and that same year he became a commissioned JAG Officer in the North Carolina National Guard.
Judge Gore decided to leave Durham for his home district of Brunswick, Bladen, and Columbus Counties in 2011, and joined the District Attorney’s Office. Shortly after moving back home in 2011, Judge Gore was mobilized again to serve his country in Kuwait with the 113th Sustainment Brigade. He served as the Chief Prosecutor and Office In Charge for the Brigade’s Legal Team supervising two practicing attorneys and seven paralegals while deployed. The 113th Sustainment Brigade provided command and control for over 2200 soldiers in Kuwait and Afghanistan during the deployment. Because of Judge Gore’s dedicated service while deployed he was awarded the Army’s Meritorious Service Medal and the Commander’s Coin for Performance.
When Judge Gore returned home in 2012, and he rejoined the District Attorney’s office. In 2014, while serving as a prosecutor, Judge Gore was elected to the District Court Bench and served Bladen, Brunswick and Columbus Counties as District Court Judge. He obtained his Certification as Juvenile Court Judge and served as the primary juvenile judge for the district until 2020. Judge Gore was elected to the North Carolina Court of Appeals in 2020 and started his eight-year term in 2021.
Judge Gore remains active in the community; a member of Big Macedonia Baptist Church, Prince Hall Masonic Lodge #786, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., and serves on the Executive Board for the Cape Fear Council of Boy Scouts of America. Even with all that Judge Gore continues his military service in the U.S. Army Reserves, in his 28th year as a Major in the JAG Corp.