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Gale Denley Honored By The MED In Memphis

Posted on: August 9th, 2010 by

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Family members of S. Gale Denley attended the unveiling of a wall hanging at The MED July 14 honoring Mr. Denley for his efforts supporting work of the hospital throughout the region, but specifically in Mississippi.  
med_smallThe MED touched Mr. Denley’s life after he suffered severe injuries in an auto accident in 1989.  He acknowledged that prior to his accident he had never given much thought to the importance of The MED in this region.  After several weeks of hospitalization and 14 months off work, he dedicated much of his life to raising funds and awareness of The MED and the Elvis Presley Memorial Trauma Center.

As the publisher of the Calhoun County Journal, a journalist and professor running the Student Media Center at Ole Miss, Denley knew a thing or two about spreading news.  In 2005, Mr. Denley came up with the tag line “Keep ‘Em Flying” for a Mississippi license tag which continues to raise money for The MED.

Mr. Denley passed away in 2008 after spending the last 19 years of his life helping to raise awareness and funds for The MED.  At the ceremony unveiling the wall hanging, Larry Liddell, Past President of Mississippi Friends of The MED, told the Denley family that “we do not have to remember Gale, because Gale has never been forgotten.”

Pictured left to right:  Tammie Ritchey, Executive Director, The MED Foundation; Jo Ann Denley, wife of Gale Denley; and Larry Liddell, Immediate Past President of Mississippi Friends of The MED.

Story courtesy of The Calhoun County Journal