Jerry French - (1943-2011)
(1943 – 2011)
Jerry French, age 68, of Valley Mills passed away Tuesday, Sept. 20th at his home surrounded by family and friends.
Mr. French was born March 23, 1943 in Oglesby, TX. He was the son of Andy French and Birdie Raborn French. He attended schools in Oglesby and McGregor and served in US Army from March 1963 through February 1969. Mr. French retired from Valley Mills ISD in 2010 and was a member of Oak Grove Baptist church and also recently elected to the Valley Mills City council.
Jerry was a member of the Valley Mills Volunteer Fire department where he served as fire chief for many years and was currently serving as assistant fire chief. He received his 35 year service pin on September 13, 2011. He dedicated his life to serving the fire department and helping the community, family and friends, through his volunteer work at the fire department. Through his aiding, rescuing and fighting fires, he has touched infinite lives throughout the community and beyond.
Brian Byrne sent the following description about his friend. Jerry - along with his sisters Mary, Juanita, Shirley - was a regular at the Pearl Bluegrass events for the past several years. His other sister, Edna Mae from Florida, would also come to listen to the music at Pearl when she was visiting Texas. In Pearl, Jerry found people and music he enjoyed and the monthly shows were a factor in helping Jerry overcome his heart trouble. Jerry was a sweet man who loved our band, "Borrowed Time" and the folks at Pearl. His favorite song was Last Train from Poor Valley which he often requested. We will all miss him very much.
Jerry is survived by his daughters, Sherrie Roberts and fiancé Marvin of Hutto; Lisa French and boyfriend Jerry Fuentes of Valley Mills; step children Amanda Small and husband Toby and Roy (Bubba) Holden all of Gatesville. His sisters, Edna Mae Williams of Milton, FL., Shirley Henning and husband Donald of Clifton, Juanita Sargent of Valley Mills and Mary Keltner of Valley Mills. Grandchildren: Amanda, Aarin, and Sarah Roberts; Colton and Jake Lynch and Cale Bowdoin; TJ, Wyatt and Ryan Small. And numerous nieces and nephews.