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 sixth four-year term as an elected member of the Ben Hill County Board of Education where he serves as its chairman. He also served on the Governor Nathan Deal’s Education Advisory Board and the Georgia School Board Rural Education Task Force.
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, project director for the club’s End Meningitis Now campaign and club foundation and grants chair. He is a Multiple Paul Harris Fellow (15) and a Sustaining Member, a Will Watt Fellow and Sustaining Member. Sue is a Rotarian and a Paul Harris Fellow. He and Sue are Rotary Foundation Benefactors, members of the Bequest Society, members of the Paul Harris Society and Major Donors to the Rotary Foundation. He and Sue have honored all of their children and 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. He had the pleasure of serving as Governor of District 6920 for 2013 – 2104 during the 100-year anniversary of Rotary in the State of Georgia. He served as the District 6920 representative on the Host Organizing Committee for the 2017 Rotary International Convention in Atlanta; Zone 34 Rotary Has Heart Coordinator; Rotary International Director Advisory Council 2014 – 2016; 2016 – 2018; 2015 Zone Institute Chair of Registration and Information Desk. He currently serves as the District 6920 representative on the P.E.T.S. Executive Committee serving as chair of the committee 2018 – 2020.
Gary enjoys the Arts, listening to music, high school sports, University of Georgia Football, do-it-yourself projects, classic cars, and golf.
Gary and Sue were married in 1975 and have two sons and daughter who are married and four grandchildren.