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Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home

3321 Glynn Ave, Brunswick, GA

OBITUARY

John Dorminey Paulk III

February 23, 1935June 26, 2020
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Johnny Paulk, Golf Professional from Jekyll Island often referred to as the “Mayor of Jekyll” who was a teacher to hundreds, mentor to many, and a cherished friend to countless people, reached his arms to the Lord and entered heaven on June 26, 2020 surrounded by his loving wife Virginia (Ginny), his son John D., and his daughter Denise.

Johnny was born February 23, 1935 in Valdosta, GA. He attended Albany High School, where he was the starting tailback on the football team. He then attended St. Bernard College Cullman, AL and Springhill College Mobile, AL.

Johnny married Virginia DelValle August 24, 1963. They met on a blind date on New Year’s Eve, 1962. They married at Christ the King Catholic Church, in Atlanta, Georgia. He and his wife honeymooned on Jekyll Island and then moved there in 1968, where they raised their two children, John D. and Denise. Johnny and Virginia (Ginny) enjoyed a blessed marriage and a deep love for each other for 56 years.

His golf career began at Mobile Country Club, where he was hired by the prestigious East Lake Country Club in Atlanta, GA under the mentorship of Harold Sargent as a teaching golf professional. In 1965, he was a local qualifier – one of four spots for the U.S. Open in Atlanta, GA. He then became Jekyll Island’s Head Golf Professional in 1968. He was a life member of the PGA. He was inducted into the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame and the Glynn County Sports Hall of Fame. He received the Governor’s Faithful Service Award and the President’s Award from the Georgia PGA. He is a 3-time recipient of the Public Merchandiser of the Year Award from the Georgia PGA. He has been named Georgia PGA Eastern Chapter’s Golf Professional of the Year twice and is the recipient of Spalding’s Professional of the Year. Through a member at East Lake Country Club, he became the announcer at the 9th hole at The Masters. Johnny served as an announcer at the Masters Tournament from 1979 to 2017. He announced 20 years on the 9th hole and 18 years on the 18th hole. He was the third individual to hold this job in the history of the tournament. In addition, he was the official announcer for the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf at The World Golf Village. He was the US Kids announcer at the European Championship in Gullen, Scotland. Johnny also was the 18th green announcer on Sundays at the PGA McGladrey Golf Classic in Sea Island, GA. He received by “Georgia State Senate Resolution” on March 27th the designation “Johnny Paulk Day”.

Tournaments named in his honor include the “Johnny Paulk Invitational” – State of Georgia High Schools and the “Johnny Paulk Two Man Classic” – Jekyll Island Men’s Golf Association. The GA/FLA Golf Classic trophy is named in his honor, “The Johnny Paulk Cup” – Jekyll Island Authority. Jekyll’s “Red Bug Motors” honored Johnny with a commissioned oil portrait. Jekyll Island Men’s & Ladies Golf Associations honored Johnny Paulk – “Evening with Johnny Paulk” at Morgan’s Center Jekyll Island Club Hotel – sold out. He was responsible for the co-creation and success of the Georgia-Florida Golf Classic, which has been held every fall for 41 years. In 2011, Johnny was honored with the Calvin Lee Murray Award from the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association. It is an award presented to a person with a strong commitment to promote, preserve and strengthen the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association with activities that foster positive influences on both coaches and athletes in Georgia. In 2013, Johnny was presented with the “Erk Russell Spirit Award” by the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame for his sportsmanship and character in the game of golf for so many years.

He has shown what it means to be a gentleman of the game and everything that the PGA of America stands for. He was a great ambassador for Jekyll Island and the game of golf. Johnny will be remembered for his welcoming Southern drawl, his daily clad in classic golf attire, and his saddle oxford shoes. Johnny was always going out of his way to make you feel special. Johnny died of Interstitial Lung Disease, accompanied by a Stenotic heart valve. Johnny tested negative for COVID-19 at both hospitals.

He leaves a legacy that will be kept alive by his adoring wife Ginny; his son John D. (Stephanie) Paulk IV and their children, John D. Paulk V (Jack), Lindsey Mae, Trista, Talah, and Tatum; his daughter Denise (Dennis) Grosshans and their children, Ava and Will; his sister Virginia (Jack) Smith and their children, Katie, Sarah, Joe, and their grandchildren, Hayden and Margaret; his sister-in-law Catherine Paulk (Dr. James F. Paulk) and children, Debbie Kyles (Randall), Michael Paulk, Bill Paulk, Alice Paulk, and Jane Elizabeth Paulk.

He is preceded in death by his parents, John D. Paulk Jr. and Aloyse Paulk and by his brother, Dr. James F. Paulk.

Everyone who remembered Johnny is asked to celebrate his life in their own way or by raising a glass of their favorite drink in his memory. He would feel that would be quite appropriate and family and friends are encouraged to post a picture of this on his Facebook page (Grandaddy Paulk) to share with those who loved him.

There will be a private visitation and funeral due to coronavirus. A virtual funeral Mass may be viewed via the Facebook page St. Francis Xavier Catholic Parish, Brunswick GA, on Friday, July 3rd at 11:00 a.m. Flowers can be sent to Edo Miller Funeral Home, 3321 Glynn Avenue Brunswick, GA 31520. Donations may be made in his honor to The Jekyll Island Foundation General Fund (jekyllislandfoundation.org) and/or The American Lung Association’s tribute page in memory of Johnny Paulk, http://action.lung.org/goto/johnnypaulk.

The visitation and all funeral arrangements are private. This is a correction to the Brunswick News obituary for Johnny Paulk on Wednesday, July 1, 2020.

  • FAMILY

  • Ginny Paulk, Wife
  • John D. Paulk IV (Stephanie), Son & Daughter In Law
  • Denise Grosshans (Dennis), Daughter & Son In Law
  • John D. Paulk V (Jack), Grandchild
  • Lindsey Mae Paulk, Grandchild
  • Trista Paulk, Grandchild
  • Tatum Paulk, Grandchild
  • Talah Paulk, Grandchild
  • Ava Grosshans, Grandchild
  • Will Grosshans, Grandchild
  • Virginia Smith (Jack), Sister and brother in law
  • Katie Smith, Niece
  • Sarah Smith Trent (Ed), Niece and husband
  • Joe Smith, Nephew
  • Hayden Trent, Grand Nephew
  • Margaret Trent, Grand Niece
  • Catherine Paulk (Dr. James F. Paulk), Sister-in-law and husband
  • Debbie Kyles (Randall), Niece and husband
  • Michael Paulk, Nephew
  • Bill Paulk, Nephew
  • Alice Paulk, Niece
  • Jane Elizabeth Paulk, Niece
  • John D. Paulk Jr, Father (deceased)
  • Aloyse Paulk, Mother (deceased)
  • Dr. James F. Paulk, Brother (deceased)

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Jody O'Neill

July 3, 2020

Thanks to JP, I experienced 31 wonderful years at Jekyll Island Golf Club. 25 years under his wings. The lessons learned both in the golf business and in life are priceless. John Dorminey Paulk lll has left a lifelong stamp in my life. I can't thank him enough....

Larry Gaither

July 1, 2020

The GA high school golf community is sad to hear about the passing of our friend Johnny Paulk. The Hardaway golf team always looked forward to coming to the state tournament at Jekyll Island. Our first visit was to go in the golf shop to speak to Johnny who always made us feel welcome and did all he could for high school golfers at the tournament. Johnny was a great ambassador of goodwill for Jekyll Island and a true friend to high school golfers. He will be greatly missed!

Eddie Brown

July 1, 2020

I’ve known Johnny Paulk since the late 60’s when he worked at East Lake Golf Club.
He later became a good customer of mine at Jekyll Island, but, more importantly, he and Ginny became and have continued to be good friends.
Lynda and I always looked forward to seeing them at the GA/FLA, the PGA Show in Orlando and when I made my sales calls at Jekyll. I loved sitting in his office and looking at all of the framed letters, pictures and other Special memorabilia—awesome!
RIP my Friend, and may God Bless your wonderful family in this very difficult time!

Grange Simons, 111 Lucas

July 1, 2020

Dear Ginny,
Please accept my most sincere condolences on Johnny's passing , this time shall pass as a blur, remember the Strength & Love that you & Johnny shared with all that came into y'all's world with Class & Grace . Take care of yourself Lady, many a glass will be raised around the golf world to honor the Memories of the Last Gentleman of Family, Business & the game of Golf .
With my deepest sympathies,
Grange Simons Lucas 111

alva lee pate

July 1, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of Johnny's passing. I work for Johnny many years ago on Jekyll. My mother Mary and husband Bill Newberry thought the world of Johnny. He will be truly missed.

Margy Wagner

July 1, 2020

I have known Johnny for a long. He was a very sweet person. My thoughts and prayers are with Ginny and the Paulk family.

Chip Ward

June 30, 2020

After 20 years on Jekyll Island my wife Kay became ill and we had to move back to State College Pa. In the next 3 years during my wife’s ALS journey Johnny would call me just to say hey and see how we were doing.. The Paulk family will remain one of my most valued Jekyll memories..

Sharon Stevenson

June 30, 2020

Mr. Johnny was a fine gentleman and one of the best parts about the 18th at Augusta National. Since 2003, my children, friends, family members & I, along with many Patrons, enjoyed his cheerful banter, his announcing the pros & their accolades, and him sharing pictures of his family, especially those grandchildren that he adored & was so proud of. My heart is a bit broken to realize I will no longer get my Masters hugs. He Is so greatly missed after he stepped down, but I plan on spending eternity with him and seeing him again. Mr. Johnny is greatly loved and will be missed. My prayers are for his wonderful wife, Ginny, and all his family to be comforted after this huge loss of such a fine man. Bless you all.

Don Niepoth

June 29, 2020

I first met Johnny with a group of 16 golfers from Detroit and staying at the Buccaneer. Johnny always made us all feel like we were members. Later called on Johnny as a sales rep and found out what a consummate golf professional he was and even a better man. My father once visited Jekyll and when Johnny found out who he was my father could not pay for golf. Proud to have known Johnny Paulk! Best to the family!

Tommy Cason

June 29, 2020

As time goes by it is hard to find a better friend that I had in Johnny Paulk. Timing and age did not diminish our personal relationship and memories. We played many years in an all-day golfathon for National Golf Day. 120 holes on one hot summer day. It has been my pleasure calling and talking to you. It has also been awesome knowing your family. Johnny will be missed by thousands of people who him knew from Jekyll Island alone. Johnny was Jekyll Island. To Virginia, John D and Denise heartfelt sympathy goes out to each of you and your family. God Bless you at this most difficult time, Tommy and Ann Cason along with our children, Thomas and Kelli and their families.

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Grandaddy in high school.

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Grandaddy in high school.

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