Gary was born and reared in Fitzgerald, Georgia where he continues to
reside with his wife Sue.
He was graduated from Fitzgerald High School in 1967, Middle Georgia
College in 1969, and the University of Georgia in 1971 where he attained a
Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in Management. Following
graduation he began his career in public service with the Ben Hill County
Department of Family and Children Services as a caseworker. Gary became
Director of the agency in 1986 and worked in that capacity until his
retirement in 2003 serving the last 2 years of employment as Director of
the Ben Hill and Irwin County agencies.
Gary’s community activities have included other civic organizations in
the past. He has served on the board of Communities in Schools as member
and chair and the Fitzgerald Downtown Development Authority as member and
chair. He is currently serving his fourth four-year term as an elected
member of the Ben Hill County Board of Education where he serves as its
Both Gary and Sue are active in the community being founding members of
the Fitzgerald-Ben Hill County Historic Commission and founding members of
Fellowship Baptist Church where they each hold various leadership roles
and are members of the choir. They are also active in the local Habitat
for Humanity chapter.
Gary became involved in the Rotary Club of Fitzgerald in 1996, served
on the board of directors for two years, and served as club president in
2005 – 2006. He currently serves as club web-master and as project
director for the club’s End Meningitis Now campaign. He is a Multiple
Paul Harris Fellow (7) and a Sustaining Member, a Will Watt Fellow and
Sustaining Member, and Sue is a Paul Harris Fellow. He and Sue are Rotary
Foundation Benefactors, members of the Bequest Society and members of the
Paul Harris Society. He and Sue have honored their three children and two
grandchildren with Paul Harris Fellowships. He was the recipient of the
Fitzgerald Rotary Club’s Service Above Self Award for 2010 – 2011.
Gary has served District 6920 as an Assistant Governor for the years
2008 – 2011 and District Chair for Benefactor and Bequest Society for 2010
- 2011. He also served as the District’s Future Vision Chair and Annual
Programs Fund Chair.
Gary enjoys the Arts, listening to music, high school sports,
University of Georgia Football, do-it-yourself projects, classic cars, and
Gary and Sue were married in 1975 and have a son and daughter who are
married, two grandchildren, and a son who was graduated from Valdosta
State University in July 2013.
2013 GRSP Conclave - District 6920 DG, Trustees, Host
Families and Students
PDG Meeting January 25, 2014, to select
District Governor Nominee for 2015-16