A Message from Jerry B. Cullison, CEO
Our family involvement in Ocala/Marion County goes back many generations, spanning over 100 years. My grandfather Jerry Burnett and his brother left their homes in South Carolina in 1894 seeking work. They got off the train in Ocala instead of Orlando – the city had been severely damaged by a recent fire. They correctly predicted there would be plenty of work rebuilding Ocala. The fire and subsequent rebuilding in non-flammable materials gave Ocala the nickname “Brick City”.
My great grandfather, Mr. Gamble, who came to Ocala from Canada in the late 1890s was a contractor who built homes in Ocala. One of the more notable homes was the Edward’s on S.E. 5th Street at Wenona. The Cullisons’ have a long history of construction.
Our family also has long-standing a history with Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, where I served on the Parish Council and chaired the Finance Committee; I continue to serve as an usher.
I have been a member of the Ocala Lion’s Club since 1964. I’ve served as President and as Chairman of the Hearing Aid Committee. I am also a member of the Elks Club.
My wife Virginia taught first grade at Ward-Highlands Elementary School for 39 years. My daughter Sandy Mansfield is an honorary member of the Ocala Junior Women’s Club. Her husband Barry is also a member of the Ocala Elks Club. My youngest daughter Sara Cullison was also an active member of the Ocala Junior Women’s Club.
Five generations of the Cullison family have enjoyed and supported Ocala. The best is yet to come.