Southern Accents is a family owned and operated business that started in 1969 in the garage of Dr. Garlan Gudger, Sr. Talk to his son, Garlan, Jr., and he will tell you that the success of this business is due not only to his father’s tireless efforts throughout the years, but to his genuine love of architectural antiques and his passion for preservation. Garlan, Jr. describes family vacations growing up resembling an episode of Sanford and Son! “We would leave out in the family van and return with a U-haul hooked to the back filled with all kinds antiques and architectural pieces!” This passion has been passed down from father to son, who took over the business in 1999.
Because of health issues lately, Dr. Gudger is unable to spend as much time at the store as he would like but loves to stop in and visit with former customers whenever possible. He is currently doing well and has been the recent recipient of several prestigious recognitions which include an award from the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston for surviving 62 years of Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes. Dr. Gudger, who was diagnosed at the age of 10, credits a life long regimen of exercise, his participation in sports, and the good Lord for his survival. This past April, Dr. Gudger was inducted into the Cullman County Sports Hall of Fame and was also recently named as one of the top 5 Outstanding Alumni from Tennessee Tech in Cookville, Tennessee.
This past Thursday night, July 31, 2014, Victim Services of Cullman hosted it’s 3rd Annual Fundraising Roast honoring Dr. Garlan Gudger, Sr. The roast, which was held at Terri Pines Country Club, was a fun evening filled with found memories, memorable stories and a few pokes, prods, and jabs along the way! Dr. Gudger was excited to spend the evening with family, old friends, former customers and colleagues, as well as former football players from his coaching days!
The evening kicked off with a meet and greet followed by dinner and then the roast. Dr. Gudger would like to thank everyone who attended and participated in the roast. A great evening was had by all! All proceeds from this event will help support victims of domestic and sexual violence.