By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News
ALTOONA, Ala. — Gary Gamble, the founding publisher and editor of The North Jefferson News, has died at age 66.
Gamble, who founded the NJN in 1970, died Sunday of cancer at his home in Altoona, in Etowah County.
According to obituary information provided by his son Kirk, Gary Gamble was an entrepreneur for most of his life, working mainly in the printing and advertising businesses. He ran the NJN for several years before selling the newspaper to Robert Bryan, owner and publisher of The Cullman Times. (Bryan later sold the Times, the NJN and three other newspapers to Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc., then based in Inverness and now in Montgomery.)
Gamble also served in the Army National Guard as an airborne trooper during the Vietnam War in the 1960s, though he was not deployed before then end of the war.
Gamble had been under hospice care for some time. He is survived by his wife, Lavenia "Beanie" Streetman; three sons from his marriage his first wife, Paulette Simmons, of Fultondale; two stepdaughters; and 11 grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at his home in Altoona on Saturday.
This is a developing story; we'll have further updates.