The 86 year old served on the
county school board in the 70's & 80's.
Friends remembered Dr. Jack Marion Waldrep, former school board member
and volunteer school doctor, on Tuesday as "one of a kind"
whose priority was students.
Waldrep, on the Floyd County school board eight years in the 1970s
and 1980s and volunteer team doctor for the Coosa High School football
team, died Tuesday morning at age 86.
Nevin Jones, schools superintendent from 1977-1986, said Waldrep
kept children in his mind in his decisions. "I always considered
him a strong supporter of the school system and the things we were
attempting to do," he said. "He always stood for what was
right, no matter the political repercussions. I always admired him
For 25 years, Waldrep gave his time to Coosa High School's football
team. Branch Bragg, head coach from 1956-1976 and athletic director
from 1956-1984, said Waldrep broke the mold for team doctors. "I
couldn't imagine anyone else being there with us," he said.
Waldrep once lent more than medical advice. "We were leaving
the field at half time, and Doc had alredy drawn up a few plays and
had them on the blackboard," Bragg recalled. "That was a
Funeral services will be Thursday at 3 p.m. at Garden Lakes Baptist
Church with the Rev. Drew Corbett and Dr. Floyd Roebuck officiating.
Burial will follow at Myrtle Hill Cemetary with the Shanklin-Attaway
Post 5 Honor Guard conducting military graveside rites.
Dr. Jack Marion Waldrep, age 86,
of 201 Greenview Road, passed away Tuesday morning, March 22, 2005
at a local hospital following an extended illness.
Dr. Waldrep was born in Spring Hill, Louisiana in July
18, 1918, the only child of the late Marvin Lee Waldrep and Grace
Thomas Waldrep. Dr. Waldrep is survived by his wife Melba Juanita
English, to whom he married on June 26, 1949. He is also survived
by four children. Jack M. Waldrep, Jr. and his wife Nancy C. Waldrep
of Dallas, Ga., Marvin L. Waldrep and his wife, Sharon E. Waldrep
of Smyrna, Ga., David F. Waldrep and his wife Margaret H. Waldrep
of Marietta, Ga. and Helen W. Sheppard and her husband, Brent W. Sheppard
of Morganton, North Carolina. The eight grandchildren are Kaye Waldrep
of Augusta, Ga., Jack M. "Jay" Waldrep III of Dallas, Ga.,
M. Lee Waldrep, Jr. of Williamsburg, Va., Laura Waldrep of Smyrn,
Ga., Lisa and John Waldrep of Marietta, Ga., and Martha and Anna Sheppard
of Morganton, NC.
Dr. Waldrep resided much of his childhood in Reddick,
Fla., and attended the University of Florida and Emory University
School of Medicine where he received the Doctor of Medicine degree
in 1943. He served an internship and surgical residencies at Erlanger
Hospital in Chatanooga, Tenn. Following service in World War II, he
served a residency in urology at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center
in New York, NY. Dr. Waldrep was a Board Certified Urologist. During
World War II, Dr. Waldrep served with the 419th Armored Field Artillery
Battalion and fought during the Battle of the Bulge. During the Battle
of the Bulge, he received a Purple Heart medal for an injry he sustained.
Dr. Waldrep practiced general medicine in Ocala, Fla.
Following his urological residency, he began the practice of urology
and surgery in Rome, Ga. in 1954. He proudly served as a volunteer
team doctor for the Coosa High School football team for over 25 years.
He served on the medical staffs of Floyd Medical Center, McCall Hospital
and Redmond Regional Medical Center.
Dr. Waldrep served for eight years as a member of the
Floyd County Board of Education. He served as a Baptist deacon and
was a member of the Garden Lakes Baptist Church. He was a member of
the Shanklin Attaway Post 5 of the American Legion, and the Coosa
Valley Railway Club.