February 14, 1939 ‒ December 13, 2020
Terry K. Zerby, age 81, entered eternal glory on Sunday, December 13, 2020, when he peacefully passed from his Mansfield home with his steadfast wife and his sons by his side. He is now at peace in Heaven because as a young child, he realized we are all sinners (Romans 3:23), and he accepted Christ’s death and resurrection as payment for his sins (Romans 5:8).
Terry was born Valentine’s Day 1939, the son of Edgar & Hilda (Reich) Zerby. After high school, he earned his bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies from Cedarville College. At college, he played on the basketball team and he found his bride when he met cheerleader, Sandra Hammerstrom. The pair married November 26, 1960.
Pastor Terry selflessly shepherded many people over the course of his 57+ years in Christian ministry. He was an associate pastor at Community Bible Church in Mansfield and Parma Heights Baptist in Parma. Over his career he served as lead pastor, associate pastor, choir director, youth director, and head of senior ministries where he was passionate about visiting parishioners in the hospital.
Terry’s hobby was woodworking and he was a Mr. Fix-It for any home repair. He was a lifelong sports fan who played in the church softball league and liked to watch Indians, Cavaliers, and Browns games.
With a smile on his face and warmth in his heart, Pastor Terry welcomed everyone with open arms. He was faithful in his morning private devotions and led his wife in devotions every night. Terry loved the Lord above everything and will be remembered as a gentle, sincere, and gracious Christian man.
He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years Sandy Zerby of Mansfield; sons and daughters-in-law Shawn & Raylene Zerby of Mansfield and Dan & Debi Zerby of Bowie, MD; grandchildren Elizabeth, Luke, Jude, and Victoria Zerby; granddogs Rascal, Oreo, Pumpkin Latte, Cello, Oboe, and Marimba; along with numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members, and friends.
Terry was preceded in death by his parents and siblings Janis Cotten, Marilyn Simon, and Dean Zerby.
The Zerby family will receive friends 2-4 and 6-8 PM Thursday, December 17, 2020. Face coverings are required and social distancing will be observed. A private family service will be officiated by Pastor Dan Barfell and will be live streamed 1 PM Friday on the funeral home Facebook page: www.facebook.com/LexAveSFH
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