Jerry Lynn Harvey, 82, of Terrell, Texas passed away on September 28th, 2023, surrounded by his family. He was born to James and Josephine Harvey on November 17th, 1940 at his home on Carpenter St. in Dallas, Texas. His family moved to the Houston area when he was young, and he graduated from Missouri City High School in 1959. He served in the Army from 1960 until 1965. Just before basic training, he visited his Aunt & Uncle's church in Dallas where he met the love of his life, Birtie Mae Williams. They married shortly after on December 22nd, 1960. They celebrated the birth of their first daughter Sheila in 1961, followed by Sheryl in 1964.
After leaving the military, he started his career in sales working for Coca Cola, Goodman's Produce, and Sysco. He was called to ministry early in his marriage and faithfully served the Lord as a worship leader, youth pastor, evangelist, full time pastor, and care pastor for nearly 62 years. After retiring from the pulpit, he went to the police academy at the young age of 69. He served as a police officer for both Kemp and Kerens Police Department and retired from law enforcement after 11 years of service.
Jerry loved the Lord, his family, and his country. He was the best storyteller. He enjoyed reading newspaper comics, classic cars, playing jokes on innocent victims, but most importantly, spending time with his family.
He was preceded in death by his father, James Richard Harvey; mother, Josephine Harvey; brother, Jack Harvey; and his dog, Midnight.
He is survived by his wife of over 62 years, Birtie; his daughters, Sheila Wright & husband Jeff, and Sheryl Kuykendall & husband David; Grandchildren: Amanda & Eddie Frierson, Chris Brady, Diana & Chris Notley, Trey & Charitie Kuykendall, Justin & Hollie Kuykendall, Brooke & Michael Summers, and Hunter & Micah Wiser. Great-grandchildren: Alyssa, Trey, and Campbell Frierson, Justice & Alex Simmons and Sam & Claire Brady, Dylan, Connor, and Kamryn Notley, Tyler, Trace, & Cheyenne Kuykendall, Easton & Wesson Kuykendall, Rawling & Lawson Summers, and Shepherd Wiser; Sister: Jeane Syring & husband Jim.