Skip to content

Obituary - James (Jim) Gullett





James (Jim) Gullett died peacefully at his Duluth home  May 20, 2016. Jim was born in Prentiss county, Mississippi on Sept. 30, 1924, to James Angus and Zora Gullett.  He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Jeanine, daughter Patricia Tisma, Son Ronnie, daughter-in-law Cyndee, grandchildren Jon and Kari Tisma,  Tonya Beaty(Husband Greg) Joseph Gullett(Wife Jessica) and 2 great grandchildren Gavin & Hudson Beaty.


Jim attended schools in Mississippi, Kentucky, Tennessee and Georgia.  In 1944 he graduated from Tech High school in Atlanta, Ga.  At Tech High he played varsity basketball and football, serving as captain of the varsity  basketball team.  He received the award for Best-all-around athlete of his graduating class and received offers for athletic scholarships from several universities.


After graduation from high school he served for 27 months in the Army Air Corps, receiving an honorable discharge in 1947.


In December 1951 he married Jeanine Davis and they purchased a home in Druid Hills in Atlanta.  They had three children, James Michael(deceased), Ronald William and Patricia Ann.


They remained in their home in Atlanta for 18 years, then moved to their current home in Duluth. Ga.


Jim was a true entrepreneur and had many business interests. Those include Gullett Feed Company, Duluth Hatchery, Gullett Poultry Farms, G & D Grading, the development of Hunters Trace subdivision,  Hi-Speed Car Wash and Hi-Speed Oil Change.  He received an award for Outstanding Car Wash in the Southeast and was honored as an outstanding operator by the Southeastern Car Wash Association.


He enjoyed fishing, boating and traveling with Jeanine and their friends in their Motorhome. In 1966  Jim & Jeanine purchased their first Tennessee Walking Horse and began what was to be  illustrious  careers as owners, exhibitors, and promoters of the breed.  Jim served as president of the Georgia Walking Horse Exhibitors Association, was on the first executive committee of The Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders Association and was a founder and lifetime member of the Walking Horse Owners Association.  Jim, wife Jeanine and all three of their children exhibited walking horses at one time or another.  Family owned horses collected many blue ribbons at major shows throughout the southeast, garnering 7 world championships in various divisions.


Jim was an active member of  the Tech High School Alumnae Association and was honored by the association by being selected as a member of the Tech High School All Star Football team of the 40’s.  He enjoyed being a part of The Fourth Quarter, a group of Tech High alumnae athletes.


He was a member of Duluth First United Methodist Church.  He was a  loving  husband, devoted father and grandfather and a very good man and a friend to all who knew him.

Condolences may be sent by visiting www.billheadfuneralhome.com

Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Monday  at The Duluth First United Methodist Church With Dr. Tommy Green, and Rev. C. Kay Fuino  officiating, Burial will be in Floral Hills Memory Gardens, Tucker, GA.


In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Methodist Childrens Home 500 S. Columbia Dr. Decatur, Ga. 30030 in memory of Jim.


The family will receive friends Sunday 1:00 to 3:00 PM and 5:00 to 7:00 PM at Bill Head Funeral Home and Crematory, Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535.

More Stories

  • **Updated Horse Show Schedule

    The Walking Horse Report will provide daily updates to the list of canceled and postponed horse shows... Read More
  • Latest Issue 7 13 20 Main

    Read More
  • Latest Issue 7 13 20 Insert

    Read More
  • Celebration selects judging panel

    The 82nd Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration will be judged by the experienced panel of Rollie Beard, Ross Campbell, Mike Hilley, Sam Sorrell and Leigh Stuart. The panel has a collective 20 Celebration’s judged between them.  Read More
  • Obituary – Sarah Moersch Porterfield

    A graveside service for Sarah Moersch Porterfield, 41, of Jacksonville, will be held at noon on Friday, July 10, 2020, at Jacksonville City Cemetery. The Reverend Robert Fowler will officiate... Read More
  • Celebration statement on Confederate Flag

    The Celebration will ban the use of or flying of the confederate flag on its show grounds moving forward. The unanimous decision of the Celebration Board of Directors is based on providing the most inclusive environment for all of our exhibitors, trainers, fans and staff... Read More
  • Obituary – Elvin Sapp

    Elvin Emery Sapp passed away on July 5th, 2020 at his home in Columbia, Missouri surrounded by his family.  He was born on June 24, 1936 in Boone County. Elvin and his family enjoyed training and showing Tennessee Walking horses together. Elvin, Geri, and Shannon Sapp traveled many miles to compete throughout Missouri and surrounding states. Read More
  • Celebration making plans for 82nd World Championship

    The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration board of directors continued to finalize plans for the upcoming 82nd Annual Celebration to be held August 26th – September 5th. The board met July 6, 2020 and made some final decisions regarding the upcoming horse show in light of the COVID-19 recommendations from local, state and federal guidelines. Read More
  • Wartrace selects Slagle

    The Wartrace Horse Show has selected Rod Slagle to mark the cards for their 114th Anniversary event. The show will be held Jernigan Field in Wartrace on August 1, 2020, beginning at 6:00 pm. Read More
  • WHT Auxiliary supports education year after year

    The Walking Horse Trainers’ Auxiliary is a national non-profit organization dedicated to charitable organizations. Each year the Auxiliary awards scholarships to any person involved with Tennessee Walking Horses who is furthering his/her education.  Read More