Dr. Jerry Babb Gulledge passed away peacefully at home in Germantown, TN on Wednesday, August 12, 2020. He was 87 years old. Due to the pandemic the Celebration of his Life was delayed and will be held on Saturday, July 31, 2021. Visitation will be held at 1:00 in the Parlor of the Family Center at the Crystal Springs United Methodist Church followed by a Memorial Service at 2:30 in the Church Sanctuary located at 306 W. Georgetown Street in Crystal Springs.
Jerry was born in Crystal Springs, MS on September 11, 1932, the third of four children to Ada Dale and Erwin Lowe Gulledge. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Charlotte Dale Peets (Randolph) of Jackson, MS, his brother Sonny Gulledge (Jean) of Covington, LA, his younger brother Billy Gulledge of Crystal Springs, MS and his constant cat companion “Rebel”.
He graduated from Crystal Springs High School in 1950 and started Millsaps College in June of that same year on an academic scholarship. He was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity and played on the Millsaps Majors varsity tennis and football teams. He was inducted into the Millsaps Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013.
While at Millsaps, he met Ann Carter of Jackson, MS. On their first date, Jerry shared with Ann that his dream was to return to his hometown of Crystal Springs and practice family medicine. After completing the first two years of medical school at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, they were married in December, 1955. Jerry completed the final two years of medical school at the University of Tennessee in Memphis in 1956.
Following an internship and two years in the Navy, he returned to Crystal Springs in 1959 to practice family medicine in his hometown. Known as “Dr. Frog” to many of his youngest patients, he retired in 2012 after 54 years of living his dream.
He was a strong supporter of Boy Scout Troop 156 where he was inducted into the Order of the Arrow. Jerry was a faithful member of Crystal Springs United Methodist Church and the Cliff Thomas Sunday School Class. An avid golfer, the heavenly version of the Wednesday Men’s Golf Buddies (aka the “Old Coots”) is now complete.
Giving back to the town he loved, he served as a City Alderman for 36 years and Mayor Pro-Tempore of the City Board. He was instrumental in establishing the Friends of Chautauqua to form a partnership with the City of Crystal Springs to restore the park at Lake Chatauqua. In recognition of his and Ann’s efforts to promote the City of Crystal Springs and Lake Chautauqua, the City Board designated the name of the visitor’s center as the Dr. Jerry B and Ann Gulledge Welcome Center.
In 2016, Jerry and Ann moved to Germantown, TN to be closer to family. He is survived by his wife Ann Carter Gulledge of Germantown, TN; his daughter Leigh Lawyer (Scott) of Memphis, TN and his son Dr. Jerry B. “Chip” Gulledge Jr. of St. Joseph, MO. His pride and joy were his four grandsons, Davis Lawyer (Jenna) of Discovery Bay, CA; Carter Lawyer (Jana) of Healdsburg, CA; Ben Gulledge of St. Joseph, MO and Harris Gulledge of St. Joseph, MO. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews, Dale Sorgenfrei (Mark), Wyeth Luter (Billy), Randy Peets (Jackie), Mike Gulledge (Mindy) and Bill Gulledge.
Always having a servant’s heart, he gave his body to the Genesis Legacy program for the Medical Education & Research Institute (MERI) to support ongoing physician training and medical research.
The family requests that any memorials in his name be made to the Copiah Animal Shelter, P. O. Box 366, Crystal Springs, MS 39059, Friends of Chautauqua, P. O. Box 473, Crystal Springs, MS 39059 or the charity of your choice.