Saturday, January 24, 2009

Jerry Kilcrease Obit

Gerald L. Kilcrease
Gerald L. Kilcrease, age 65, of Pace, FL, went to be with the Lord Thursday, January 22, 2009. He was born May 17, 1943 in Pensacola, FL to the late Lester William Kilcrease and Edith Marie Brewton Kilcrease.He served in the United States Air Force having retired from NAS as a planner/estimator. He was a mason and attended Charity Baptist Church. His children were his heart, his daughter-in-laws were the girls he and Ritter never had and his granddaughter lit up his world. Jerry felt richly blessed, he enjoyed life and he counted his friends as treasures.Survivors include the love of his life, Ritter Kilcrease, to whom he was married for 39 years; his children, Jon (Theresa) Kilcrease of Milton and Tim (Stacey) Kilcrease of Crestview; two grandchildren, Isabella Kilcrease and Shannon Cooper; and a brother, James C. Kilcrease of Pensacola and many friends.Funeral services will be Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at 11:00 AM at the Chapel of National Cremation & Burial Society with Rev. David Lewis and Rev. James McGaughey officiating. Music will be rendered by Sheila McGaughey. Interment will follow in Memory Park Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Clyde Chaffin, Larry Padgett, John Barrett, Steve Jernigan, Chuck Alvare and Jim Littlejohn. Honorary pallbearers will be Bobby Louhier, W.D. Woodson, Jim Cowen, Randy McLaughlin, Rick Reynolds and Richard Williams.The family will receive friends at the funeral home Monday, January 26, 2009 from 6 until 8 PM. National Cremation & Burial Society of Milton has been entrusted with the arrangements.

a letter from Jim, Jerry's brother

Thanks for the post on the web-site. Thought someone who knew Jerry would like to know about his passing. I woke up this morning and thought about he had spent his first night in Heaven and I wondered how many stories he had already told! Had to laugh out loud thinking about that. The man loved to recall Navy Yard stories so much he retold them all the time, no matter if you had heard it all before. They were funny and he wanted to enjoy them again! So I'm sure he has retold several already.

He was an organ donor and last night my sister-in-law talked with the people who deal with that. The lady told of what they could use and one was his brain for research. My sister-in-law laughed and said she could hear Jerry saying "is that all it's good for?".

We are all doing better today. Like they say time will heal. What's really a great comfort is knowing that he is in Heaven and in peace.

Thanks again for you help and thoughts.


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