- 75 years old
- Date of birth: Aug 25, 1937
- Place of birth:
Kingman, Kansas, United States
- Date of passing: Mar 3, 2013
- Place of passing:
Calhoun, Georgia, United States
|Let the memory of Jere be with us forever and his influence live on in the lives of those he touched.|
~~ Obituary ~~
Jere Kent Stearman, 75, of Calhoun, Georgia, went to sleep in Jesus on Sunday evening, March 3, 2013, at his home following a battle with cancer. Jere was born August 25, 1937 in Kingman, Kansas, and grew up in Wichita. He was preceded in death by his parents Melford C. and Doris L. Stearman.
Jere is survived by his wife of nearly 53 years, Marilyn Stearman; son, Kent C. Stearman of Seoul, South Korea; daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and David Pflugrad of Fort Myers, Florida; two younger sisters, Barbara Hansen and her husband Ivan of Adairsville, Georgia; and Patricia Hansen of Cape Coral, Florida; three younger brothers, David Stearman of Terra Bella, California; Michael Stearman and his wife Tonya of Weaverville, California; and Greg Stearman and his wife Kathy of Berrien Springs, Michigan; and many nieces and nephews.
Jere had lived in Calhoun since 2004 and was an active member of the Calhoun Seventh-day Adventist Church. He had worked part-time in maintenance at the Georgia-Cumberland Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Previously, he resided in several areas of Kansas; Lexington, Kentucky; Austin, Texas; and Seale, Alabama. During Jere’s 27 year career with IBM he helped develop the first inkjet printer for office use. His accomplishments include building a house for his family in the 1970’s. Jere loved nature and had a lifelong fascination with airplanes, electricity and electronics. He was known as a helpful friend and neighbor who could fix anything.
Online condolences may be posted below. Longer stories or special memories may be shared using the "Stories" tab above. The Stearman family will be grateful for every treasured memory.
~~ Memorial Contributions ~~
Friends and family are invited to make memorial contributions to Gospel Ministries International, PO Box 506, Collegedale, TN 37315, www.gospelministry.org, 423-473-1841.
~~ Memorial Service Program ~~
View archived video at http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/30025744
A memorial service was held on Sabbath, March 16, 2013 at 5:00 PM, in Calhoun, Georgia, at the Calhoun Seventh-day Adventist Church. It was streamed live on the internet allowing friends and family who were unable to be physically present to be comforted by the service. The family wishes to express their deepest gratitide to each one who made the service so beautiful and meaningful. The program was as follows:
Organ Meditation: Cheryl Smith
Congregational Hymn: "What a Friend We Have in Jesus"
Musical Selection by a Men's Group: "O, When Shall I See Jesus"
Congregational Hymn: "No Night There"
Opening Prayer: Chaplain Dave Smith
Life Sketch: Pastor Gary Rustad
Musical Selection by Carl Anderson & Norm Wilson: "Asleep In Jesus"
Message: Pastor Ken Mittleider
Closing Prayer: Pastor Gary Rustad
Organ Postlude: Cheryl Smith
"Jere will always shine in my memory as a man of great capabilities who shared his talents with all in need and with such a pleasant spirit. It hurt to see my good friend lose her dad. They were and are a close family. I think we are at the door of eternity and I pray to be filled and faithful so Jesus can come the sooner! Dena"
"Jere worked in the printshop here at Uchee Pines for a number of years. With all the ink and machinery, he always wore his IBM "uniform;" blue trousers and a white shirt. He was so careful, so exact. He was a great example, a great man. Hard to believe he has been gone almost 4 years. Well, that is just four years closer to his resurrection. Come Lord Jesus."
"Jere was one of the kindest people I have ever met. His life reflected Christ's character. John and I considered him a friend, and we miss him."
"I am reminded of how good our God is, and saw God reflected in the life of Jere. I am reminded that it was never God's plan for death and that He does have a future planned for us."
"Four years have passed, and we still miss Dad. We are so grateful for the promise of the resurrection to come!"
"Life is precious, yes... yet what is more precious is the thought of spending eternity together in Heaven. We have the promise, knowing from the fruits of Jere's life that He is resting until that moment of God's grand reunion. Let us all live every moment of every day using the time we have to share God's love like Jere did."
"Today on 3/3 I've been remembering the 3rd anniversary of Dad's death, and looking forward to the day we will be united for eternity!"
"I've been thinking of Dad a lot today, on what would've been his 78th birthday. I believe his influence lives on in the many lives he touched, and I know we will be reunited for eternity. Praise God for that blessed hope!"
"Marilyn, my husband and I still miss Jere. He was such a compassionate Christian. He was always willing to listen, share information, and lend a hand. He was a dear friend. Our prayers are with you."
"I've been thinking of Dad a lot today. It's still hard to believe--even after two years--that he's really gone. We live our lives day to day without him, and yet life will never be the same again. I guess that's what it means when it's said, "No one is indispensable, but everyone is irreplaceable." Dad was more irreplaceable than most. We look with longing for the resurrection morning when Jesus will come and reunite us for eternity!"
My prayers are with you today. May you continue to have peace and happiness in your life. Jere was a great friend to me and is missed. I am looking forward to seeing him again very soon."
"My thoughts and prayers are with you on this day. MR. Stearman was a good and kind man. He was always kind to us. Our families had good times together. I know we treasure the memories we have of our loved ones and I know how we treasure those times."
"Isaiah 57: 1,2 The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth [it] to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come. He shall enter into peace: they shall rest in their beds, [each one] walking [in] his uprightness."
"You all are in my daily prayers, especially today, the anniversary of Jere’s peaceful sleep. He was a great man, always sharing a smile. I am sure the sadness is great, especially today.
As I talked with Marilyn this afternoon, she was focusing on all that God has/is providing her, and especially supported friends that seem to show up just when she needs their help. As she said, God is good.
Peace be with you all.
"This evening it's been a year since I stood at Dad's bedside with Mother and Katie, his hospice nurse and friend, as his life on earth ended. In the year since we have shed tears but also drawn hope from God's assurance of the coming resurrection. We have come to understand in a deeper way how many lives Dad touched. It's been a comfort to read the tributes and stories that have come in, and amazing to see there have been 2124 visits to this site in a year's time. Tonight Mother and I spent time together by phone re-reading many of the tributes and remembering how special Dad was to so many people. May the great day of reunion come soon."
"Dear friends: Aniversaries are very difficult when we remember our loved ones that have departed. I am praying for you all. May God continues to sustain, comfort you and gives you all that peace that only HE can give."
"Dear Marilyn, Kent, and Kathy, Today I'm remembering the Sabbath I sat on our back patio and watched the live streaming service for your husband and father. It was a lovely service. I know you will always miss him as long as life here lasts. I'm so thankful that this painful loss is couched in the sweet assurance that you will all be together again one day. I think it will be soon. Thinking of you today, Dena"
"received from YIN LIONG SCHAFF 12-22-2013:
I was crying while I was reading the email knowing the loss of your Dad. I was thinking way back in the 80s when you took me home w you to Austin, TX for not sure what? Spring break or Thanksgiving or.....I couldn't recall the occasion. Your mom cut my hair n your dad gave me a ride on an old John Deer tractor. I was standing beside your dad. I still have the picture. I remember your Dad who smiled all the time. The last time we talked you told me he fixed everything in the community where they lived n everybody knows everybody.
Wow, he went fast - 7 months from his diagnosis. Yes, indeed "Come soon Lord God Almighty" he is resting n waiting till Jesus blows that trumpet n says "wake up Jere". We all will see him again with the new body, no more that wicked cancer cells!!!!"
"Jere and you, Marilyn, are frequently in my thoughts. I pray that you will have deep comfort and that hope will brighten every new day. We are nearing home...we are almost there! I can hardly wait to meet my Dad who died last year as well and our precious grandparents. My prayer is that we may be an unbroken circle. God keep you and your family safe for that Day!"
"On Jere's 76th birthday I am remembering the wonderful time we had with friends last year on his 75th birthday. For nearly 53 years Jere was my best friend and the most faithful Christian husband possible to have.I thank God for those years and look forward to meeting Jere when Jesus comes. My constant prayer is, "Come Quickly Lord Jesus""
"On this first Father’s Day without my Dad, I’m remembering what a unique and special father he was to me. In the 15 weeks since his death, I’ve gotten to know Dad in a new way through the tributes and memories that have been shared. I hope my life will be a credit to his memory, and look forward to an eternity spent together in a perfect earth made new."
"Jere and Marilyn came into our lives a few years ago and were the best neighbors and friends you could ever ask for.We walked together in the evenings sometimes....Jere really liked my husband Mike.Jere really touched our lives....my kids Caleb and Kelsey's too."
"I believe that one of God"s blessings is allowing us to rub shoulders with someone like Jere Stearman. I am still amazed how men like he can remain so calm in all the adversity they face in this life.It has to be the presence of Holy Spirit in their lives.I will always thank the Lord for giving me the opportunity to know him even for only a little while.May God comfort you Marilyn."
"Marilyn, I will always remember all the times you and Jere came to hold Sabbath services for us in Eufaula, AL and the time you and Jere came over to my house. He said he was so happy to see Spirit of Prophecy books there. Jere was so loving, kind and considerate. It was a blessing to know you both. I look forward when we will meet in the great white cloud and ever be with Him forever!"
""Jere lived Jesus" as a man who always ask how things were and would listen from his heart. May the arms of our Lord be around you Marilyn, Kathy and Kent and His voice be in the sure promises of His Word."
"I have many happy memories of my Uncle Jere, among them the nature walks we went on and the things he taught us as we walked along. He taught me to skip stones, how to identify poisonous mushrooms, which berries are edible and many other useful things. He loved God's creation and I share that love of the outdoors in part because of his influence. He will be missed..."
"Dear Marilyn, Kathy and Kent,
Even though I met Jere only once or twice, I remember him as a special person, a kind and energetic person with a heart full of love for the Lord. Kathy, you resemble him so much physically, and your spirit carries his special character on. I pray the Peace of our Savior is with you as we all wait for His return."
"Janis and I are blessed to have known Jere. We hope to encourage
Marilyn and family as they look forward to the "grand reunion" soon
to come. Jere was an inspiration to everyone. He was so kind and
welcoming to newcomers to the church. We will miss him."
"I remember Uncle Jere as a kid being able to fix anything. One time he fixed my transister radio for me. Also, he took Dennis out on a hike and brought back cattails to eat! I remember Dennis was excited about that. Jere lived his faith and values and will be greatly missed. Love and Prayers! Daina & David Hakes"
"Jere was a special part of our office family and he is deeply missed. I remember his cheerful greetings, warm smile, helpfulness, gracious caring attitude, and smart - he could fix anything! He always took time to ask how things were going. I saw God in Jere and my life was blessed. I treasurer the memories. Thank you for sharing him with us."
"Truly saddened, my most humblest sympathy to the Stearman Fam. I remember last talking to Marilyn and Jere when they came to my home to see my new Baby girl. They where so happy for us always smiling and approaching us with kind words. (I always thought he looked like Ronald Reagan) My kids are saddened by the news he will be Greatly missed by the Moss Creek Neighborhood. - Gallegos Fam"
""Dear Marilyn, Kathy, Kent and family. Our prayers are with you, I truly belleive we are better for knowing Jere. You could always see Jere & Marilyn walking the neighbor hood, sometimes even in the rain "who does that" ha ha. Jere would always stop and spend time with you and you were glad he did. What a great example of faith and a mans walk with God. He will be missed by our family."
"Dear Marilyn, Kathy, and Kent, The death of your husband and father has touched my heart deeply. I grieve his loss though I did not know him as well as I would have liked. He was a man who left a long-lasting impression on me...one of faithfulness, commitment, kindness, gentleness, grace, and every virtue that makes life's pathway smoother. He will be so missed. My love to you, Dena"
""Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints." Psalm 116:15"
"I feel honored and blessed to have known Jere during his time at Uchee Pines. I remember Jere praying with me twenty two years ago during a time of trial for me. He was such a reliable, trustworthy friend. Marilyn and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you all. How wonderful will be the coming day when we all be reunited."
"Just a note to say we are thinking of you, Kent, for the loss of your father. I am praying for your strength. Although we did not know your father much, I am sure that you have some wonderful memories. I am thankful for all he shared with others, and for all that you share in your life too. Peace and love to you."
I was acquainted with Jere at Union College where he was one of my electronics teachers. He was great! Read Psalm 91 for comfort.
Good Night Jere, we'll see you in the Morning!
"Jere has so many special qualities; his kindness, gentleness, humbleness and sincere interest for people. Jere's SMILE would brighten a room! His zest for life was truly a blessing because He never missed an opportunity to "share" His love for Jesus. He has left a beautiful legacy."
"blessings to you, marilyn, praying for you.sympathy to kathy and kent. you all have good memories. jesus is coming soon. love to all, loella"
"I had the blessing of spending a summer at the home of dear friends Jere and Marilyn Stearman while they were living at Uchee Pines. The memories of those days will always be with me. I will always remember Jere, whose life was dedicated to the service of God and those around him. Dear Marilyn, Kent, and Kathy, I am sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you."
"Brother Stearman and I often teased each other about being "twins", since we shared the same birthdate (albeit many years apart). I always appreciated his smile and level spirit while we were all at Uchee together. Marilyn, I will always remember singing together with both of you in the choir there at Uchee. You are in my prayers and in my heart."
"I am so privileged to have known and worked with Jere. Jere's life of gentle, kind, humble servant-leadership, exhibited every day, has touched me incredibly. What a genuine witness for Jesus. I look forward with excitement to see him in the kingdom. I only that our schedule was too crowded to accept his and Marilyn's invitation for lunch when we were home last summer. Def. our loss."
"Stearmans were family to us before they were actually related thru marriage. Looking at "Fruits of the Spirit" and you see all that is Jere Stearman. What more could one want from life?! He didn't work real hard through life to achieve this, he just did because Jesus was his very best friend. Amazing, fun-loving, uplifting... "Our home's in Heaven, and the rent is FREE"!"
"Jere's legacy, among other things is leaving a family that walks with Jesus. What more could a man want?
I personally was in awe at his gentleness, helpfulness, and instant smile. He blessed me each time we met. I'll miss him."
"I remember Jere as a person who exemplified what in means to be "in Christ", and to have the fruits of the spirit. We are grieving in Georgetown, but looking forward to the reunion in heaven."
"Tender,gentle,compassionate yet firm on his convictions in the face of opposition. Jere was a great light of joy in any interaction. His smile full of joy and sincerity. I am grateful he is resting in Jesus to suffer no longer. His saw playing talent always put a smile on my face and touched my heart with its beauty. Our family extend our sincere condolence in your loss Marilyn and family!"
"I remember once asking Jerry, to stimulate a discussion, Is righteousness by faith a covering, or an experience in our lives and characters? Jerry responded back, simply, Yes. I still smile at that. He was a good friend.
Pastor Tom Cusack"
"We are very sorry to hear about Jerry's passing. We remember fondly our experiences with him at Uchee Pines, and are so very sorry. Our times at Uchee Pines were some of the best in our ministry, and Jerry certainly impressed us with his friendliness, spirituality, insights, and friendship. We will miss him. We love you, Marilyn"
"My wife (Sherry) and I (Phil) have a flood of pleasant memories of times with Jere and Marilyn. Yet, our memories on this earth will be eclipsed by the much better memories of even better times we will have in heaven. Even so, come Lord Jesus."
"I first met Jere and Marilyn Stearman in Texas. Their daughter, Kathy went to school with my family and later married my brother, David Pflugrad. I remember Jere as a gentle, soft spoken man who loved God and nature. Even in his struggle with cancer he was full of encouragement to others. His love for God was as strong as ever, truly a man of God. I look forward to the 2nd coming!"
"Even though my heart is saddened, I know that our Redeemer lives! I know that partly because I saw Him in the life of Jere Stearman. I feel your pain in the loss of one who loved and blessed others so keenly with his actions. I am continuing to claim Joshua 1:9 for Marilyn. Jere loved his wife, children, and family. May God comfort each grieving heart... His spirit is near!"
"What a day it will be when Jesus comes to take us home. When the Jesus calls to the righteous to arise from their graves and the righteous which are alive will be caught up to meet Jesus and our loved ones.
Marilyn, what a day that will be when you will see Jere free from all sickness. Sorry for your loss of a God loving man.
Marilyn, Kent and Kathy."
"We are so sorry for your loss. Jere was a special person to those of us who knew him, and we will miss him. His life and character reflected Jesus, and it was evident that his life was in tune with his Creator and Redeemer. He was an extraordinary man who will be remembered. You are in our thoughts and prayers."
"Dear Kathy and Dave, We are so sorry for your family and the loss you all feel. Did not know your father but you look like him, Kathy. We both know first hand, how sad you all are. But we have this HOPE and know we will see our loved ones again very soon. May you feel Jesus very close in the months ahead. Love and prayers, Duane and Chris"
"Jere's life both in academy and through his adult years is a testimony of his outstanding character. His inspirational emails he occasionally sent was an influence for leading others to place their faith in God who loves us all. We will meet again on that glorious resurrection day! May the circle be unbroken. Marilyn, God bless you and your family."
"Dear Marilyn and family, it was a privilege to know both of you and worked together at UcheePines. We are sorry about your loss. Jere was such a gentle, christian, wonderful friend. We will cherish our time together and remember our last visit in Uchee Pines 2 years ago. Looking forward to that morning when we will see him again. May you be held in Jesus' arms at this sad time, Blessings."
"Dear Marilyn, Kent, and Kathy, It was at Enterprise where I first knew Jere, and at EA where I last talked to him a few years ago. He was a wonderful man and I am saddened. My heart goes out to each of you. I pray that God will give you peace that passes all understanding, and that at Jesus coming we can all be together forever. Thank God for Jere's life of service. May God bless you!"
"Jere, and I worked for over three years together at Uchee Pines. Now when I think back on those special times; our spiritual talks, the lessons in maintenance, and the joy of christian fellowship, I will always cherish those times! Marilyn, Jere was your Husband and I am proud to say my friend. Only a short delay and then he will be with us again! Praise God!!"
"Kathy & Dave so sorry for the loss of your father. I did not have the pleasure of knowing him. But so glad you got to be with him at the last. You being a part of him shows what a wonderful character you have taken from him. God bless your family in your sorrow. Knowing you will see him again soon is such a comfort. Hugs, to you. Al & Dawn"
"No words can be a tribute to this great man, but please see my thoughts under the Stories tab. We were so blessed to know Jere."
"Dear Marilyn, Kent & Family, I feel so deeply sad for your loss. Jere was a wonderful person, and I will always remember his kindness and smiling face and how he always made you feel like he was happy to see you. Thank you both Marilyn & Jere for your friendship and help you gave my family, brother and I when we joined the church...and years afterward. I will be praying for you.."
""Love Thy Neighbor" is what I will remember about Jere because he truly did his best to minister to our neighborhood. He knew everyone in our neighborhood and everyone knew him - which is a great example to all of us. Our prayers are for you Marilyn and your family at this time."
"Dear Marilyn and Family, Ken and I are so sorry to hear about Jere. He will certainly be missed, not only by us but by all who knew him. He was truly a wonderful and caring Christian man. How thankful we can be that we have the "Blessed Hope" to look forward to! Come, Lord Jesus!"
"This is from my son Brooklyn Ballew. This poem reminds me of how pure Mr. Jere was in his life.
"Natures first green is gold. Her hardest hue to hold. Her early leafs a flower. But only so an hour. Then leaf subsides to leaf. So Eden sank to grief. So dawn goes down to day. Nothing gold can stay." Nothing but fond memories & love of Mr. Jere, my neighbor."
"Dearest Kathy, David, Marilyn, Kent & family, As I sit here tonight reflecting upon the promises of God, my thoughts turn to the legacy your Dad has left and which lives in his children, His great love for God and His Son, Jesus Christ. He nurtured you in your walk with the Lord and that light shines in and through you to all those who know you. May His peace reign in your hearts."
"I am so glad to know Jere as my uncle. He was a very Godly man and a very practical one too. I will always remember that way he held his tongue a certian way when he put in a screw or such. Marilyn, Kathy, David, Kent, you will be in my prayers and may God bless, keep, and comfort you as you wait to be reunited with Jere at Christ's soon return."
"Jere will always have a special place in our hearts. He was always kind and helpful and a special friend to us. Words cannot express the sadness we feel at his loss, but we also realize the joy that will take place on resurrection morning. He will be missed personally by us and all who knew him.
Our love to Marilyn, Kent and Kathy.
Valerie and Mario"
"So sorry to hear about Jere! I know you'll miss him Marilyn, but he's in a better place!!! God be with you!!!! Your in my prayers!!"
"Dear ole friend Marilyn. So sooryfor your loss holding you and yours close in heart and keeping y'all in prayers enjoyed visiting in your home love and friendship . Ed and Lola Warner God Bless ."
"I am so sorry to hear about Jere's passing. He was instrumental, with his very humorous wife Marilyn in helping me find the truth as it is laid out in God's word. I have often thought of the many times I spent in Jere's home in Austin with Kent, Jere, and Marilyn learning so many wonderful truth's. He will be missed, but I will look for him in the kingdom to come. 1 Thess 4:13-18."
"I know that Marilyn and family will miss him very much. I am saddened at his passing. I often think of the many good times at Enterprise. I want the family to know that I am thinking of them and of Jere. God Bless and remember the good things that he has done in his lifetime. Don Myers"
"Jere Stearmen... the quintessential Christian who spent life doing his Fathers business."
"I am sorry for your loss, Marilyn, and wanted you to know how much we enjoyed you and Jere, having you as neighbors, friends, co-workers, and fellow church members. Jere was a Christian man, caring about others, willing to help. I look forward to the reunion soon to come and am glad that Jere will see Jesus next."
"Jere was one of the most sincere Christians I have ever met. He would do anything he could to help anyone. He loved Jesus. He was a great friend to me and my family. He is already sorely missed. Praise the LORD for the glorious reunion ahead."
"I knew Jere and his family growing up as a kid. He and my Dad both worked at IBM and our families both transferred from Lexington,KY Kentucky to Austin in the early 70's.
Jere and Marilyn were also so kind and I have such wonderful memories of them and he will be deeply missed.
THE Juhls' want to extend our sympathy to your family"
"Jere was a wonderful worker for Christ! His kind and courteous ways were always so appreciated here at the GCC office. He was such a southern Christian gentleman. We will all miss his happy laugh and helpfulness, but we know beyond a doubt that we will see him again smiling and full of life! Come quickly Lord. God bless you in abundance Marilyn."
"I meet many individuals passing through the trials of a terminal illness, and few face the prospects with as much faith and courage as Jere. Though our time together was short, I have been eternally impacted by Jere's faith. His faith helps me help others through their fiery ordeal, and as such Jere's influence lives on. I look forward to meeting again soon under the Tree of Life."
"So Sorry to hear of the passing of a wonderful husband and father! Jim & I are very privileged to have known Jere while at Uchee Pines and to be neighbors for awhile there. What a kind, gentle person!!! It is indeed with great sadness we say good-bye to him, but praise God for the hope we have in the resurrection morning when we will be united with friends and loved ones once again. Hugs"
"Jere was a wonderful person who loved to share Jesus, laugh and learn about almost anything related to truth in God's word or in the natural world. You knew he genuinely cared about people. He will be missed, but only for a little while as Jesus will be coming soon to take us all home! Until then may His comfort and power be manifest in our lives as we share the Jesus Jere loved!"
"Kathy, Kent and Family.We can understand your grief and send our sympathy to you. Although we did not meet your Father we understand how dear he was to you and the pain you experience from his passing away. Cheryl and I send our love as well as our prayers to you and your family."
"I have been Privileged to be a prayer warrior on Jere's behalf for 5-6 months. I never knew Jere here on earth, but he fought the good fight and he will shine forth with the Redeemer's glory. I look forward to meeting him by the Sea of Glass when God takes us home. May God bring comfort to your family in this time of sorrow."
"I am so sorry for your loss. I only met your father a few times at VGA and I remember being at your house one time after church and eating around your table for Sabbath lunch. Kent, Kathy, and family, prayers are with you at this time. He will always be in your hearts and God will help you through this time. Peace........."
"Jere's picture says it all - a happy man who had nothing to fear for the future because he knew without a doubt he was in the Lord's hands even through the valley of the shadow. What a privilege it has been to know him and share in his passion for health ministries, especially at the Calhoun CHIP workshop. Thank you for sharing his life with us. Prayers are with you."
"Kathy & Marilyn, Your sadness is shared by many friends, ome old and some new. I am glad that I was able to meet Jere and you (Marilyn) when we were in Calhoun. God will be by your sad as you adjust to the loss of father and husband. I share your pain, and can tell you from experience that God will be with you each step of the way. It is good that you have each other at this time. God bles"
"Dear Marilyn, Kathy, Kent and family. Knowing that you lost a very special and significant person in your family brings heartache and tears to all of us. Jere was an amazing Christian, gentleman and friend. With each new day, may peace find a place in your heart. Thinking of you and praying for each one of you. Come, Lord Jesus. We long for Your return. God bless."
"Kent, Dear Friend, Our hearts are very much with yours in the loss of your dear father. It was precious that we did get to meet your parents some years back while you were with us as our beloved organist at Central Church. Much warmth and pride in their son was very obvious, as your love for them. God be near to each of your family members now and find comfort in his loving assurances."
"Words cannot express the deep sorrow we feel at the loss of our dear friend. A life has passed from our sight, but not from our hearts. What fond memories we will cherish of happy times with Jere and Marilyn! Oh, how we long for that Great Gettin' Up Morning! May we all be faithful. I love you, Marilyn."
"In the passing of some, our hearts and especially pained. I guess that is because they touched our hearts in a special way in days gone by, as Jere did. A kind, hard working, loving man. What a privilege to have known him since meeting on tour in Texas and then working side by side at Uchee Pines. Come, Lord Jesus. Blessings to you Marilyn."
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