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Dr. Jack G. Tuttle

Dr. Jack G. Tuttle of Barnesville passed away Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at Heritage Inn. He was born August 6, 1924 in Tifton Georgia, son of the late Katie and Gilbert H. Tuttle. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his wife of 52 years, Betty Ann Sappington Tuttle in 1999, a sister, Sara Frances Upchurch, and a brother, Billy Glenn Tuttle. Dr. Tuttle entered the University of Georgia in 1942 to study veterinary medicine, but joined the Navy after his freshman year. He was stationed on Guam until World War II ended, and he reentered the University of Georgia the day after returning home from the Navy. Receiving a doctorate in 1950, he was a member of the first class to graduate from the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia. Dr. Tuttle moved to Barnesville in 1950 and opened his veterinary clinic that served the community until 1997 when he retired due to health reasons. During that time Dr. Tuttle was active in the local community. He was one of the founders of Lamar State Bank, now United Bank, and he served as its chairman from 1974 to 1990. Dr. Jack, as he was affectionately known, was a charter member of the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association and the Mid-Georgia Cattlemen’s Association and served as president of both organizations. Additionally he was inducted into the Hall of Fame for both organizations. He served for 27 years as a Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor, and in 1995 was selected as the Georgia Association of Conservation District Supervisors’ Man of the Year. Dr. Jack was the 1989 Lamar County Citizen of the Year, and he was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Barnesville. Dr. Tuttle is survived by a daughter, Bonnie Tuttle Minton and her husband Mack; a son, Douglas Jack Tuttle and his wife Lisa, all of Barnesville; five grandchildren, Ann Minton Luszcz and her husband Zack of Charlotte, N.C.; Douglas Jack Tuttle Jr. and his wife Mary Catherine of Atlanta; Marion Reeves Minton and his wife Julie of Macon; William Powell Tuttle and his wife Brandy of Barnesville; and Elizabeth Tuttle Minton of Atlanta; and three great-grandchildren. A memorial service for Dr. Jack G. Tuttle will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist of Barnesville with Rev. Dana Overton-Garrett officiating. The family will receive guests in the church fellowship hall one hour before the service. The family respectfully requests that flowers be omitted and contributions be made in memory of Dr. Jack G. Tuttle to the First United Methodist Church, 375 Thomaston Street, Barnesville, Ga. 30204, or to the Owen Sappington Cemetery, c/o United Bank, P.O. Box 340, Barnesville, Ga. 30204. Condolences may be expressed and memories shared in the guest book at

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