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Jerry Gollott helped Coast, family


Jerry Gollott was a "behind-the scenes guy," said his grandson, Joey Parker, the type of person everyone knew and respected but who was happy to hang back.

In that role, though, Gollott brought a lot to the Coast, from MGM Park to the Shrimp Bowl, and to his family as well.

Gollot died on Thursday. He was 69.

"He was a guy that would give you the shirt off his back," Parker said. "He was real thoughtful, always there for anybody, would help anybody."

The Biloxi man spent four years in the Air Force and served two tours in Vietnam as a B-52 mechanic. After the war ended, he returned home and spent 30 years in law enforcement with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.

He was heavily involved in charitable work and was a 40-year member of the Knights of Columbus, at one point serving as a grand knight.

He was instrumental in bringing the Shrimp Bowl back to the Coast.

And for his family, he was a constant presence.

Gollott raised two grandsons, including Parker.

"When I was in high school, he would come and sub. He was always in the halls," Parker said. "Everyone knew him. We couldn't go anywhere without someone knowing him."

Gollott was involved with sports and booster clubs at his grandson's high school and coached baseball for various leagues.

He also enjoyed getting people together to fly model RC airplanes and left behind a collection of 20 in his garage, Parker said.

"He loved fishing, loved being out on the water and loved being with his family, cooking out and watching baseball games," Parker said. "I was really active in sports, so maybe he didn't have much of a choice, but he loved coming to the games."

Gollott also spent five years helping Tim Bennett, the part-owner of the Biloxi Shuckers, bring baseball to the Coast, a mission that finally succeeded with MGM Park opening last year.

Gollott attended several games but the entire family attended only one game together. It was on Father's Day.

"He was a real fun-loving guy, always in good spirits, could always make you laugh no matter what the situation," Parker said. "He was like a father figure; you could always look to him for anything and find comfort."