Jerry Richard Meyer
Mr. Jerry Richard Meyer, 77, of Ellijay, died Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, at his residence after a brief illness.
He was born Dec. 2, 1939 in Columbus.
He is preceded in death by mother, Dorothy Meyer Hatfield; father, Collin Meyer; stepfather, Fred James Hatfield; and daughter, Amy Meyer Gilson.
He is survived by loving wife of 43 years, Katherine Thomas Meyer.
He is lovingly remembered by his children, Christopher Richard Meyer and daughter-in-law, Laura, of Snellville, and Sarah Meyer Bullington and son-in-law, John, of Marietta; grandchildren, Braxton and Landon Meyer, Tom and Ben Gilson, and Charlotte, Mae and Thomas Bullington; and brother and sister-in-law, James and Karen Hatfield.
As a young man, he attended Troy State University where he played on the varsity football team, rode as a competitive bull rider and ran on the track team. Early in his career, he was on staff with the Boy Scouts of America and led excavation efforts on a Confederate gunboat in Savannah. He later obtained a journalism degree from Brenau University and this led to his work as the southern field editor for Field and Stream Magazine where he was awarded the Conservation Communicator Award by the Georgia Wildlife Federation.
He authored several outdoor books, and for over two decades, wrote a syndicated outdoor column for regional newspapers. For several years, he worked as an instructor at the Institute of Public Service, a privately-owned personal security training facility. After a stint working in corporate security, his love of nature led him back to the outdoors and prompted him to take up skeet shooting. He became a national skeet shooting champion and was then employed as a shooting instructor for gun makers, Beretta and Holland and Holland. Success in the field of sporting clays inspired him to open the Jerry Meyer Shooting School. This afforded him opportunities all over the world to teach people how to do what he loved most.
After retirement, he could be found taking care of his chickens, teaching his grandchildren to shoot and fish, and planting heirloom vegetables in his garden.
A celebration of life is planned for Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017, from 2-4 p.m., at Ellijay First United Methodist Church with a reception following in the fellowship hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Gilmer Community Food Pantry or Three Rivers Boys and Girls Club.