Board member remembered for putting kids first

By Matt Tuck
Rome News-Tribune

March 23, 2005


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 that."

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 first."

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.