Gerald J. Wolford was born Feb. 2, 1945, in Portland, Ore. Two years later he moved with his family to Spencer, where he grew up. Known to family and friends as Jerry, he was an entertainer and music industry professional throughout his adult life.
He was known as Jerry Page in his early professional career and was inducted into the Iowa RockNRoll Music Association Hall of Fame with his band, Jerry Page and the Radicals, in 1999.
For several years he traveled from coast to coast playing in many of the prominent night clubs and ballrooms in the group he co-founded with fellow Spencer, Ia. native Tom Brown known as the "Gas Company."
Early on in his career his mastery of the guitar inspired a host of others who watched him as he grew to the point where he officially established himself as one of the premier guitar players and top entertainers to ever come out of the State of Iowa. The very people he idolized soon became his greatest fans as he developed into an Iowa guitar icon.
He owned and operated several area clubs including the The Maverick (aka The Back Porch) in Wahpeton as well as clubs in California. Wolford formed the Clay County Band while running The Maverick. It became a popular house band in the Lakes region. He moved from Iowa to California and then in 1999 to Tennessee.
A talented guitarist and singer, Wolford passed away suddenly on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009, in Lebanon Tenn. at the age of 64. Survivors include sons: Jerry Jr. and wife, Heather of LaVergne, Tenn., and Don of Canyon City, Colo.; grandson, David of LaVergne; brothers: Don of Spencer and Chuck of Pala, Calif.; and sister, Sandra Long of Milford.
Memorial services were held on Oct. 28 in Tennessee. Condolences and memorials may be sent to the family at 165 Quail Drive, LaVergne TN 37086.