Dr. Gerald Johnson Hasselman Sr. – The Vicksburg Post

Dr. Gerald Johnson Hasselman Sr., passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home in Clinton, Mississippi on July 30, 2022. Gerald, known to friends and family as Big G, was born October 28, 1945 in St. Louis, Mo., and moved to Holly Springs, Miss., as a young boy. He was the eldest son of the late Earl Kieffer Hasselman and Geraldine Johnson Gholson.

Big G left behind a resume full of degrees, accomplishments, accolades and awards; his 50-year career was dedicated to advancing education in Mississippi. He was a teacher and principal at Warren Central at Vicksburg and Oxford High School; he served as Deputy State Superintendent in the MS Department of Education; and was a professor of educational leadership at William Carey College and Mississippi College.

His passions were travel and the cardinals of Saint-Louis. He, along with his family and friends, have traveled countless miles in his quest to see his beloved Cardinals play in every major league ballpark in North America.

Big G is survived by his two daughters, Ashley Hasselman and Grace (Kevin) Massey; three granddaughters, Ann Morgan Hasselman, Ella Grace Massey and Taylor Massey; sister, Bea Green; and two brothers, Fort Gholson and Harris Gholson. His beloved wife of 53 years, Patricia Lilly Hasselman, and son, Jay (Lucy) Hasselman, were waiting to welcome him to their eternal home in paradise.

A celebration of Big G’s life will be held Saturday, August 6, 2022 at the Mississippi College Provincial Chapel in Clinton, Miss., with visitation beginning at 1 p.m. followed by a memorial service at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, her family is requesting that donations be made in her honor to the Patricia Hasselman Scholarship Fund at Mississippi College.

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