About Us

Your Gainesville Caregivers

Southern Companions is a locally owned company started by an experienced nurse, Tara Jernigan (DNP, ACLS, PALS) who has over 30 years of experience in critical care and nursing supervision. She has also taught in the nursing programs at Brenau University and North Georgia College. She is joined by two Gainesville businessmen, Tim Taylor and Allen Jernigan, who have over 40 years combined experience in the financial industry. Together the team sees a need for home companion services that will improve the quality of life for the elderly and disabled.

Through the many years of experience that the team has within those aspects, Southern Companions was established in 2009 in Gainesville, GA. The team developed a strong base of caregivers that they believed to be exceptional and have continue to recruit and employ these compassionate individuals to offer the utmost care to each and every client with their specific needs being met.

We Inspect What We Expect

We perform random pop-in visits to our clients homes while our caregiver is on duty. This ensures that We Inspect What We Expect!

Our Leadership Team – Caregiving Is Our Specialty

Allen Jernigan

Founder & Co-owner

    • Certifications: BS in Business Indiana Univ., Graduate Banking degree American Bankers Association at University of Oklahoma.
    • Background: 20 years in the banking industry. Commercial lender/Chief lending officer.
    • Co-founder of Southern Companions
    • Georgia Assoc. of Community Care Providers executive board member
    • Gainesville Kiwanis Club Immediate Past President / Lt. Governor Division 8 Georgia Kiwanis
    • Ordained Deacon First Baptist Church of Gainesville
    • Assistant Scoutmaster
    • 2024 Chair of the American Heart Walk for Gainesville


    Tim Taylor

    Founder & Co-owner

    • Certifications: AS Young Harris College, BS Mercer Univ.
    • Background: 20 years as a private banker. Avid sailor and fisherman. Community volunteer. Personal experience with caretaking for grandparent with Alzheimer’s.
    • Co-founder of Southern Companions

    Marketing and Sales Development 

    Linda Ramey


    Linda has years of experience in private duty home care. She brings extensive experience in the health care field previously serving as Community Liaison for another private duty company, as Marketing and Business Development Director for MedLink Georgia, and as Vice President of Patient Client Relations for Habersham Medical Center. Linda serves on the board of directors for MedLink, Georgia, and is a member of numerous senior resource groups. She will serve as Marketing Liaison for Banks, Franklin, Habersham, Rabun, Stephens and White Counties. 

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