Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Gerald W. "Jerry" Bayless

Gerald Wesley “Jerry” Bayless died peacefully last Thursday, May 7th, in his Orlando home after a two-and-a-half year battle with throat cancer. He is survived by his cousin and primary caregiver, Marsha Mathews Sherouse, and the numerous other friends and family who were privileged to know him.

Jerry was born on September 9th, 1943 in Perry, Fla. to parents Gerald A. Bayless and Bernice Brockman Bayless. He attended Florida State University, and remained an FSU fan all his life. During the Vietnam conflict, he served in the US Army Reserve. In June, 1990, the Center for Public Management at Florida State University conferred on Jerry the title Certified Public Manager. He served 32 years with the Florida Department of Corrections, retiring in 2000 as Director of Administration for Region III, Orlando, FL. He was married to the love of his life, Karen Zinn Bayless – whom he affectionately called “the redhead” – for more than 30 years, until she passed away last year.

Even in his darkest moments, Jerry kept his dry sense of humor. He loved to make people laugh. In his final days, he was surrounded by family and lifelong friends, a testament to how much he meant to those who knew him well.

For family, there was  a small private graveside service held  Saturday, May 16th, at 2:00 pm at Paran Church Cemetery, in Melrose off Highway 100 (between Grandin and Palatka). 
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Jerry’s honor to the American Cancer Society, the ASPCA, Cornerstone Hospice in Orlando, or Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 1515 S Semoran Blvd, Orlando, FL 32822.  

Celebration of Life

Friends and family of Jerry Bayless, are invited to attend and participate in a celebration of his life on Sunday, May 24, 2015, at 2:30 pm in the fellowship hall of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 1515 S. Semoran Blvd., Orlando, FL 32822.

1 comment:

Neil Dupree said...

I am sorry to hear about the passing of Jerry. I offer my condolences to the family during your time of bereavement. The Bible is very comforting during times like this because God knows our pain. He has made promises regarding our loved ones at Isaiah 26:19 and Revelation 21:3,4. Soon, all things causing pain including death will be done away with on earth. May you find the strength to endure in the days ahead.