Thirteen inductees will join the Grundy County Sports Hall of Fame on August 5. The Grundy County Herald will feature inductees in the weeks prior to the induction banquet.
Jimmy Gary Gipson
“I think of my high school days often,” says Jimmy Gary Gipson. “I love seeing and reminiscing with my classmates and friends. Our days at GCHS were truly happy days. And, yes, it has been a few years ago.
Gipson says his happiness in high school came from playing football on the 1963 team.
“It is heralded as one of the best in Grundy football history,” explained Gipson. “My teammates and coaches are very special to me. Oh, and also the cheerleaders and fans in the stand.”
After graduation, Gipson continued his education at Martin College and Tennessee Tech. He taught at Collins Elementary on an interim certificate. While there, he was drafted into the Army and spent one tour of duty in Vietnam in 1968-1969.
When Gipson returned from Vietnam, he went to work in the carpet industry in Dalton Georgia, with friends Joe Malone, Louie Ladd, and David Mansfield. He spent his free time playing slow pitch softball.
“I met and married Karen Church in 1973, we have been married 44 years,” said Gipson.
“Through the years, I taught school and worked in the coal mines for TCC. When the mines had a major lay off in 1987, I was faced with a big decision – deciding and finding a new career. I wanted a job with security for my family, Karen, Steven, and our baby girl, Kara.
“I decided to return to college and get my degree in pharmacology. I was accepted at Samford University School of Pharmacy in 1989 and graduated and received my state license in 1993. I have worked for Bi-Lo, Walmart, Bennett’s, and CVS. I retired from CVS in 2014.
“However, retirement was boring, so I returned to work last year. Fred’s Pharmacy in Monteagle hired me last November. I enjoy the interaction with customers and friends.
“I play golf again, after some back issues, and spend time relaxing with my family. My days in Monteagle and Murfreesboro, where our daughter Kara lives with her husband, Joshua, and our new grandson, Everett, are full and blessed. I have my friends, brothers and sisters, Steven’s family, and Kara’s family. I thank God every day for these blessings and look forward to more happy days.”
The Grundy County Sports Hall of Fame will hold its annual banquet and induction on August 5, beginning with a meet and greet at 4 p.m., at Grundy County High School.