Gary Eugene Kilgore, 84, of Rome and Folkston, Georgia, passed away at Baptist Medical Center Downtown in Jacksonville, FL on May 3, 2022.
Gary, Birddog, as he was known by many, was born on January 10, 1938 in Rome, Georgia to the parents of Robert Lee and Dollie Dimple Kilgore. Gary is preceded in death by his parents and his three siblings, Kenny Edward Kilgore, Anna Lee Kilgore-Griner, and Barbara Joan Kilgore-Garrett.
Gary is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Paulette Kilgore; and four daughters, Tammy Cisco-Walker, Aletha Metcalf, Eve Mosieur and Kayla Kilgore-Wainwright. He is also survived by six wonderful grandchildren whom he dearly loved, Spencer Walker, Stetson Walker, Cisco Moore, Katy Shave, Fancy Mosieur and Olive Mosieur, who lovingly called him G-Pa.
Gary served in the military for four years and afterward he attended Shorter College, West Georgia College and Jaxson State University where he obtained his degrees in Education and Education Leadership. Working in education for over 30 years as a teacher and principal, he impacted more lives than he realized. His love of people and learning is still felt by those of the Floyd County School system.
Birddog loved the game of golf, antiquing, and working in the yard. His life was full of wonder and amazing events. He was all state in football and basketball. He was in a doowop band called The Majestics, almost signing with Elvis Presley’s record label. Tales of hitchhiking to Daytona, drag racing on Broad Street and skating down the hills of Rome filled his life with excitement and adventure.
A wonderful father, husband, educator and most of all friend, Gary lived a life that only few may dream of having. Living in overtime as he stated, Birddog made sure that his time spent on this earth was memorable and purposeful. His smile, laughter, and wit will be tremendously missed by those who knew and loved him. His stories of life, school and kindergarten humor will carry on through those who he leaves behind.
Services for Gary Kilgore took place at Shepard- Roberson Funeral Home in Folkston, on Saturday May 7, 2022. A visitation was held one hour prior to the funeral service.