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Dr. Garlan Gudger’s Roast

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.

Dr. Garlan Gudger, Sr. and Garlan, Jr.

Dr. Garlan Gudger, Sr. and Garlan, Jr.

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.

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques - Dr. Garlan Gudger

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.


We consistently have customers stop by the store asking about Dr. Gudger so we thought we would take this opportunity to tell his story.

Garlan Gudger, Sr. was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes at the age of 13. His doctors told him that he would not likely see his 45th birthday. He decided at an early age to prove them wrong. Through his teenage years he fought the disease by being active. He worked out and was heavily involved in sports, playing football into his college years. His theory was that living a disciplined, active, and healthy lifestyle was good medicine. Now 70 years old, he has proved the doctors wrong.

Garlan Sr. has worn many hats in his lifetime. Those who stop by asking about Doc knew him as Dr. Gudger during his tenor as Dean of Wallace State Community College. Many will stop by asking about Coach. Now grown, these men played for him during his early career as a high school football coach. Big G is another name we hear quite often from folks around town who know him from his many years at the store, which got it’s start in 1969 when he began salvaging architectural antiques as a hobby, storing them in his garage. A few years later he opened a small store in North Cullman which has grown into the South’s finest collection of architectural antiques, now run by his son, Garlan Jr. aka Little Gar.

Recent years have seen a decline in Dr. Gudger’s health. The diabetes has taken it’s toll resulting in quite a few surgeries, including one in 2005 that took his leg from the knee down. In 2007 Dr. Gudger underwent a kidney transplant, receiving a donor kidney from Garlan Jr. He’s also had recent bypass surgery as well as eye surgery. It’s been a rough road but one he continues to travel with tenacity and perseverance. He is still a man of discipline, working out 3 times each week at the rehab center. Although his health will no longer allow him to run the store, he pays a daily visit to tell Garlan Jr. and Jeff what they are doing wrong! He stays just long enough for everyone to know that he’s still the boss. If he’s in a good mood, we might get a story or two out of him.

Next time you stop by Southern Accents be sure and ask about Doc, Coach, or Big G. He loves seeing old friends and if you’re fortunate enough to catch him here he just might share one of his tall tales with you!

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