Gerry Wayne Chatham

October 7, 1938March 6, 2013

Gerry Wayne Chatham, 74 Gerry was born in Atlanta on October 7, 1938, to Pope and Grace Chatham. He did not easily tire. He spent the last few years of his life serving faithfully as an elder at his local church, Mount Vernon Baptist Church, coaching basketball camps and leagues, and spending precious time with his grandchildren. Chatham graduated from Bass High, played varsity baseball at Georgia Tech, and finished a degree in journalism at Georgia State. He cut his teeth in the industry at The Atlanta Journal when the late Furman Bisher hired him to be a sportswriter in 1959. Bisher’s staff was one of the nation’s best, and Chatham would go on to keep the “Bisher’s Boys” in contact for many years. In 1962, Chatham graduated from the U.S. Navy flight School as a navigator. He flew for five years, attaining the rank of lieutenant. Most of his career was spent in Atlanta’s media business. In 1984, Gerry founded Inside Publishing, the first Atlanta publishing company to go digital. Inside published editions for Cobb and Gwinnett Counties, Northside Atlanta, and Buckhead. Chatham worked hard, achieved much, and positively touched the lives of many in and out of Atlanta. He enjoyed golf and played it often. He saw it as an opportunity to share time and words with friends he dearly loved. He even organized games to introduce men he thought should know one another. Chatham loved connecting people and encouraged fellowship. The final days of life especially, as he battled Leukemia, Chatham treated each day as a gift from God. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Carolyn Hooks Chatham, sons and daughters-in-law Scott W. and Darlene Chatham, of Atlanta, and Jeb W. and Rhonda Chatham, of Ellijay, GA, and grandchildren Erin, Abi, Laurel Lee, and Joe, many family members from the Hooks side, and many more brothers and sisters in Christ. A memorial service will be held Monday, March 11, 2013 at 1:00 pm at the Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, 850 Mt. Vernon Hwy., Sandy Springs, GA, 30327, (404) 255-3133 with Dr. Aaron Menikoff officiating. A reception will follow at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Vernon Baptist Church. Arrangements by H.M. Patterson and Son, Canton Hill Chapel.


  • Memorial Service Monday, March 11, 2013
  • Reception Monday, March 11, 2013

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Jackie Maness

April 7, 2013

Carolyn and Family....I have just learned of Gerry's being promoted to the Church Triumphant and where he now has eternal life. With our husband's being best friend's when they were growing up, I have many memories of Gerry and know what a GREAT man He was.
My prayer is that you know God is with you and the boys.

G. Freeman

April 1, 2013

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Loren Pugh

March 19, 2013

Gerry and I went to Bass High School together, class of 1956. We were friends and played touch football together many afternoons in a park near his home on Palifox. Great guy, quiet and unassuming and very smart.

March 17, 2013

We are so sorry for your loss. Gerry was "one in a million" and true to his Christain faith in all areas of his life.
We loved seeing you last evening and need your current address and phone.
Please contact us.
Love to you and the boys,
Jim and Sharon Branca

Erica Broadway

March 14, 2013

It is comforting to know that Jesus, the Ruler of God's Kingdom, is called the “Prince of Peace,” and he will ensure that “to peace there will be no end.”—Isaiah 9:6, 7.


March 14, 2013

sorry for your loss ,may god be with in this time of deep sndness,

Anna Maddox

March 14, 2013

A loss for this world a gain for Heaven. Until you meet Paradise, he is always with you..just reach in to your heart everyday to find him. Gods Peace be with you all.. Anna Rice Maddox

March 12, 2013

Condolences to family and friends and comfort. Eccl.9:11.

Elizabeth Chambers Nuzzaco

March 11, 2013

I am so sad to learn this news. My heart goes out to you and all the family. I feel privileged to have known Gerry and to have worked with you both at Inside Publishing. I will always remember him with respect and admiration. He was truly a gentleman of the highest order.

March 11, 2013

Our deepest condolences to you all. May God grant you peace in this time and hope in the grand reunion. He was an inspiring man to know.

Jimmy and Ashley Bailey