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Jerry Williams Jerry Williams, 73, of Falling Waters, West Virginia, stamped his final Earth-to-Heaven passport on March 3, 2022. He was born November 13, 1948, to James Randolph Williams and Carrie Marie Collins Williams. He was a long-time resident of South Berkeley County.
He is survived by his wife Nelda of 17,960 days (Jerry’s method of calculation) whom he married on July 9, 1972 and his daughters and their husbands: Jenel (Daniel) Myers and Lindsey (Steve) Thorstad. He is also survived by three precious grandchildren: Austin Thorstad, Alexis Myers and Olivia Thorstad.
Jerry graduated in 1966 from Musselman High School, where he excelled in basketball and football. He was also a member of the National Honor Society and the Student Council, where he served as president for his senior year.
In 1972, he graduated from Shepherd College and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education. Then, in 1978, he earned a Master of Science degree from West Virginia University Graduate School. He also earned his Charter Life Underwriter’s degree from American College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania in 2008.
Jerry was a member of the Independent Bible Church, Martinsburg, West Virginia, where he served in many different capacities: Sunday School class leader, greeter, and usher.
He began his teaching career in Berkeley County schools in 1973 teaching physical education and English at Martinsburg High School, North Junior High School, and Musselman High School. Coaching various sports was also part of his duties at each of these schools.
Joining the 351st Ordnance Company, Army Reserve in Martinsburg, West Virginia in 1970 was the start of his military career. Basic training was taken at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. For advanced individual training, he went to Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, AL. He served in Desert Shield/Desert Storm in 1990-1991. After 23 years of service, he retired in 1993 as Sergeant E7 First Class. 1979 was the year Jerry chose a career change, leaving the education field and starting a career with State Farm Insurance. He was an agent for State Farm Insurance for over 42 years. He was a long-time member of the Eastern Panhandle Life Underwriters Association, holding various positions.
Jerry was active in his community serving in the following ways: Faith Christian Academy Board of Trustees for three years, West Virginia Registered Basketball Official for twelve years, West Virginia Registered Volleyball Official , Board of Directors of Martinsburg Union Rescue Mission for three years, Martinsburg-Berkeley County Board of Parks and Recreation for 38 years, holding various positions.
Jerry has also sponsored numerous recreational and little league teams through the Parks and Recreation community. He was best known to many for cases of water (Jerry Juice) donated for recreational, religious and civic events.
In December 2013, he served as mayor of Inwood for the annual Christmas events.
As a founding member of the Musselman High School Athletic Hall of Fame, he chose to provide the coveted “green jacket” to each new member. He had done so since the Hall of Fame was established in 2007.
Jerry has long contributed to the Shepherd University Foundation Gala by providing funds to the Scarborough Library. He also served for a short time on the Scarborough Society.
Family will receive friends from 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 10, 2022 at the Upper Level Visitor Center of the Independent Church of the Bible.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, March 11, 2022 at the Independent Church of the Bible.
The burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Independent Bible Church Missions Fund, 2306 Hedgesville Road, Martinsburg, WV 25403 or to Martinsburg-Berkeley County Parks and Recreation, 273 Woodbury Avenue, Martinsburg, WV 25404.
Arrangements made by Brown Funeral Home.
Online condolences can be offered at www.BrownFuneral