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Jack Gulledge dies at 73; was editor of Mature Living

CHANDLER, Ariz. (BP)–Jack Gulledge, retired editor of “Mature Living,” the Baptist Sunday School Board’s magazine for senior adults, died Feb. 19 in Chandler, Ariz. He was 73.

Known for his dry humor, Gulledge worked on the monthly senior adult magazine from April 1980 until his retirement from the Sunday School Board in April 1989.

He was sought after as a speaker at many senior adult conferences and events across the nation, according to Gary Hauk, manager of the discipleship and family magazine section that produces Mature Living.

“He was always one of the most requested senior adult speakers,” Hauk said. “He mixed spiritual insight with homespun humor. He also helped grow Mature Living into a vibrant magazine full of humor and inspirational insight. He knew how to blend nostalgic heritage with humor and thought.”

Before taking over as editor of Mature Living, Gulledge, a 25-year employee of the Sunday School Board, served as editor of “Proclaim,” a quarterly publication for pastors. He also served as public relations director for a Scottsdale, Ariz., hospital and as a pastor in his native state of Arkansas and in Arizona prior to coming to the BSSB in 1974. Gulledge received a bachelor of arts degree from Ouachita Baptist University, Arkadelphia, Ark., and a bachelor of divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas.

Gulledge, who was survived by his wife of 54 years, Shirley, two sons and a daughter, will be buried Feb. 21 at the Veterans Cemetery in Tempe, Ariz., near his home in Chandler, Ariz.

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