Jerry O. Josey, 75,
of 101 Dallas Lane, Statesville, passed away Thursday,
Feb. 15, 2007,
at IredellMemorialHospital following a period
of declining health. He was born in Statesville on May
and was the son of the late John Onvell Josey and Sally Rary Josey. Jerry was a
1949 graduate of StatesvilleHigh School and served in the
U.S. Navy with two tours in the Pacific during the Korean conflict. Before his
discharge, he worked in the military newspaper office at Pearl Harbor. Following his
military service, he worked for the Lenoir Topic newspaper before coming to the
Record & Landmark newspaper. At the time of his retirement in December
1998, his newspaper career in Statesville spanned 54 years.
He was the first full-time sports editor of the Record & Landmark. He also
served as City Editor and Executive Editor before his retirement. Jerry was
recognized at his retirement by the Mayor of Statesville, John Marshall, with
the Distinguished Citizen Award. According to the late Jay Huskins, who was one
of the finest editors in the state, Jerry was self-taught, smart, knew spelling
and learned fast. His staff respected him and worked for him. His interest in
sports included playing baseball and bowling. As a highlight in his bowling career,
he was recognized as bowler of the year. In 1996 he served the Dogwood Festival
as Grand Marshall of the parade. He had been a long time member of the
Statesville Civitan Club and was honored as Boss of the Year for 1978-1979.
Jerry was a lifetime member of PresslyMemorialARPChurch, where he had
served as a Sunday school teacher, a deacon, an elder, congregational chairman
and was a member of the choir for more than 40 years. In addition to his
parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Jerry Michael "Mike"
Josey, in March 13, 2000. He is survived by
a son, Stanley Dale Josey and wife, Donna, of Catawba; a daughter, Terry Lynn
J. Sherrill and husband, Danny, of Sherrill's Ford; five grandchildren, Stan
Josey, currently serving in Iraq with the military, Colby Josey of Catawba,
Stephanie and Steven Josey of Catawba, and Adam Sherrill of Sherrill's Ford;
two brothers, Glenn R. Josey and wife, Phyllis, of Denver, Colo., and John A.
Josey of Statesville; two sisters, Janice Everidge and husband, Wayne, of
Statesville, and Carole Overcash, also of Statesville; as well as a number of
nieces and nephews. A service to celebrate the life of Jerry O. Josey will be
conducted at Sunday at PresslyMemorialARPChurch with the Rev. Frank
Stewart and the Rev. Coy Privette officiating. Interment will be in the OlivetBaptistChurchCemetery in CatawbaCounty. Active pallbearers
will be grandsons, Adam Sherrill, Steven Josey, Colby Josey; and nephews, Todd
Lenderman, Jason Overcash, and Guy Knox. Honorary pallbearers will be Barry
Moss, Don Laws, Norman Moore, Chester P. Middlesworth, and Pete Scott. Former
and present employees of the Statesville Record & Landmark will be seated
in an honorary group. Military honors at the graveside will be conducted by the
Iredell County Veterans Council. The family will be assembled at the residence,
Dallas Lane, but will receive friends from to
today at PresslyMemorialARPChurch. Memorials may be
given to the Building Fund of Fifth Street Ministries, P.O. Box 5217, Statesville, NC28687. Nicholson Funeral
Home is serving the family of Jerry O. Josey.
Published in the Statesville
Record & Landmark on 2/17/2007.