Terry Zerby

February 14, 1939 ‒ December 13, 2020

Mansfield, Ohio

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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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  • Sandy and all the Zerby family, we will surely miss Terry. He was such a great friend over the past 40 years and we shared so many laughs and tears together. Larry and I will never forget the “pie” episode at Lyn Way 🙂 You are all in our prayers for our heavenly Father’s gracious comfort as you grieve this huge loss. And we will continue praying in the days and weeks to come as you adjust to this new normal. He will not be forgotten and it’s because of our trust in Christ that we know we will all be together someday forever with the Savior he is now seeing face to face. We love you dear friends.

  • Sandy and Family so sorry to hear of Terry’s passing. I have so many memories of the Zerby and Dickson families together. Terry and all of Uncle Dean’s family are so special to us. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Diana Thomasson Williams and Family.

  • To Sandy, Shawn and Daniel,
    Your husband/dad was a wonderful example to me starting at the age of 15. He put up with my attitude, and never failed to point me to the Lord.
    It seemed he never aged! I can recall so many memories of “Zerbo” (my adolescent name for him) and of you, his family. Thank you Zerby’s for investing in my life. I wish I’d been more mature to see how important and substantial it was. We will see him again. God comfort you all in his absence.
    Becky Sipe

  • I didn’t know Terry well. My heart goes out to you Sandy, I wish I could be as big a blessing to you as you were to me when my mom passed. What a great heritage he left!! Now he’s visiting Al Salas!!

  • With the passing of “Pastor Z” We lost a pastor, Brother and friend. He excelled in so many areas. He set the Gold Standard for Pastors on how to visit those in hospitals and nursing homes. Pastor Terry we miss you! Please say hello to our Mom’s & Dads. Sandy and family, thank you for sharing him with so many of us. The Zerby family has our thoughts and prayers.

  • To the Zerby family,
    I am so sorry to hear about Terry. Didn’t get to know him very well. I lived in my mother’s house across the street. Terry came over several times to check on me, pray for / with me. RIP Terry.

  • I’m truly sorry all of you guys for loss of this True man of God . He now lives in a Permanent Home Heaven .Someday we will all live there forever and ever ! May God comfort and heal you through this difficult times !! 🙏🙏

  • Dear Derby family,
    We are so sad to hear of Terry passing away. We wish we could be there but illness has hit us. Terry meant so much to Butch and I for so many reasons. He first of all led Butch to the Lord and was there for me when my mom died. He sang at our wedding and was such a wonderful choir director. We know he is with Jesus but will miss seeing his smiling face here on earth. I’m praying that Lord put his loving arms around you all at this hard time. Love, Butch and Kitty Hawks

  • I am so sorry for the loss you are dealing with here on earth, but how much sweeter heaven will be when it’s our time.
    I am grateful for the example that Terry set in my life.

    Love & prayers,
    Beth (Welling) Dyer and family

  • It was an absolute blessing and honor to serve in ministry for many years alongside Terry at PHBC. With my office next door he loved to play his panpipe cd’s just a little extra loud so he could come by later and crack a joke about it. Always making us laugh; always caring, always sharing the gospel. I’m a better man and pastor for the time I spent with Terry.

  • Sandy and all your family…
    What a legacy Terry left for your family. He will ALWAYS be with us all in a SPECIAL way. I treasure all the years we served the Lord together…at Community Bible. I love you guys and I can just imagine the reunion Dave and Terry are having in Heaven. Many prayers going up will sustain all of you as you go through a temporary heartbreak. Love you

  • Dearest Sandy and Family!
    Although we only met through the selling of our home to you and Terry -a home that meant so much to us-
    we knew immediately the wonderful people that you were and we were blessed to have been able to keep in touch and see you after the move several times and how you made the house your own happy, special place!!
    Peace to you as you move forward in knowing that you have wonderful friends and neighbors and family surrounding you!!
    Steve and Lynn Faulkner xxxooo

  • Sandy and family. Our paths have crossed so many times over the years. Kids going to MCS, working together at MFP and enjoying your influence on my life. I’ll never forget what Terry fell and broke his feet. He and you have been such a beautiful example of God’s love. Praying for you all.

  • Sandy, Shawn, Dan, and Family,
    How many years has it been?! My heart goes out to you for your loss. Life will never be the same without Terry and his companionship and love. We know that the loss is yours because Terry is with the Lord face to face and meeting all of those people we read about in the Bible, and those in his family that have preceded him. I have so many pictures of you boys and Sandy and Terry in which we were visiting back and forth and also on trips we took together. Sandy and I were roommates for a year at Cedarville and we have kept this friendship going since then. Terry and Sandy have been such good Christian parents to you boys – I don’t have to remind you of that. One of the pictures I have is Terry and you boys on your knees saying your prayers before going to bed. I wish I could be there, but Covid is preventing a trip there. I will be thinking and praying for the family. Much love, Carole, Bill, Becky, Ben and Sarah

  • Sorry to hear of Terry’s passing, he will be missed. God be with you till we meet again at Jesus’ feet.
    Many years ago at Cedarville Terry was one of the guys in Bethel. Many memoirs fondly remembered.
    To God be the glory great things He has done.

  • Mrs. Zerby, I’m so sorry for the loss of your beloved husband. You were my 2nd grade teacher at Mifflin back in 1965 and one of my favorite teachers. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family and God be with you all💕. Shelli (Myers) Leclair

  • I remember when we were new at PHBC 12 years ago and we didn’t know anyone, The Zerby’s had us to their home for dinner and we returned the kindness by having them to our home for dinner. He was definitely one who acted on what he believed. The thing I will always remember about Terry was his constant unwavering love for the Lord. Sandy once told me she just wanted to be a blessing to others. Terry was also known for praying with others when their hearts were breaking. Sandy, you and Terry have been such a blessing to us. You are in our prayers!!

  • So sorry about Terry’s passing. It has been our privilege to know you all through the years. May God’s peace and comfort surround you in this time of sorrow.
    Love and prayers

  • Dear Sandy and family,

    I am so sincerely sorry to hear of Pastor Terry’s passing! My heart grieves with you for such a wonderful man who will be missed but also rejoices with you knowing that he’s at home with our Savior and that we will see him again soon. It is not goodbye it’s I will see you a little bit later.

    Praying for all of you and we love you all dearly!
    May the peace and comfort that the Lord promises carry you all through.

    Love Amy Spears

  • Dear Sandy and family, Bill and I were very saddened to hear of Terry’s passing but we celebrate his life as man of God and faithful servant. Praying for God’s grace during this difficult time. All our love to you and your family, Bill and Andrea Foulk

  • Our sympathy and love…Pastor Terry was a diamond among rhinestones! His compassion, kindness, and grace toward our family we will treasure always!! We count ourselves blessed to have known him!!!

  • My sincere condolences to you, dear Sandy and family. May our Heavenly Father comfort and strengthen you during this most difficult time.
    Remembering our bible studies and bus trips together from Parma Heights Baptist Church. Both of you have greatly enriched my life and I feel so blessed.
    Now Terry is in the loving arms of Jesus and at peace.

  • Pastor Terry was a very special servant of God. He will be missed by all. He was always there for Pete and I in our surgeries and also for our granddaughter in her surgeries. It was a blessing to know Terry and Sandy and sing in the choir with them. I know he was welcomed into heaven with those special words “Well done good and faithful servant”. Our love and prayers go out to the family. God bless you all. 😘❤️🙏

  • John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

    Terry K. Zerby
    February 14, 1939 ~ December 13, 2020
    By: Suzanne (Sue) Bishop ~ Mansfield, Ohio

    Terry sleeping in his bed woke to radiant light
    What he saw when he opened his eyes was truly a glorious sight
    He was standing with the Savior who shone brighter than the sun
    (Revelation 21:23)
    Upon strong legs as swift as the wind they were built to run
    He stood upon streets clear as glass made from the purest of gold
    When he looked down to see his reflection he was no longer old
    (Revelation 21:8)
    The joy Terry felt at that moment I doubt could dare be described
    He knew Jesus had fulfilled His promise for he was not dead but alive
    (John 11:25-26)
    Laughter was bursting forth from his lips
    No pain could he feel in his body or hips
    There were no longer tears spilling forth from his eyes
    Never again will Terry cry
    (Revelation 21:4)
    That day Terry moved into a beautiful mansion
    With plenty of room there’s no need for expansion
    (John 14:1-4)
    You see Terry knew and believed God’s word
    He had a relationship with Jesus the LORD
    I know if he could he would tell you today
    “If you haven’t been saved, let me show you the way!”
    He would tell you we’re sinners and all do fall short
    (Romans 3:23)
    He would tell you what gift he received from the LORD
    (Romans 6:23)
    Without hesitation he would tell you and I
    God loved us so much He sent Jesus to die
    (Romans 5:8)
    He would tell you salvation is a matter of faith
    Given by God through His holy grace
    (Romans 10:9-10)
    If you want to see Jesus in heaven someday
    If you want to join Terry I invite you to pray
    Believe Jesus died to forgive your sin
    Ask Him to forgive you then ask Jesus in
    (John 3:16)
    Today you can know what Terry knew
    Trust Jesus Christ He is waiting for you

    Sweet Sandy and dear family, blessings. It was a “gift” from God for all who new Terry. I know you will be greatly comforted in the time that lies ahead without your Terry. God is faithful. xoxo Sue

    • That is a beautiful poem that honors God’s Word and Terry. Thanks for sharing it with all of us who miss him.

  • Dear Sandy and your precious family, I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of Terry. He was a wonderful person. He always had a pleasant smile. I can only imagine how he is singing now with so many who went before him. God bless you all. ❤
    Helen Smith

  • Sandy and family,

    So sorry to hear of Terry’s passing. So sorry we didn’t see the obituary in time to attend the calling hours. I have fondest memory’s of Terry visiting me at the hospital. He stayed for quite a while visiting and will never forget the conversation we had.

    Our thoughts and prayers continue as you maneuver your lives without Terry. Our future is knowing we will meet again!

    Vince and Wendy Schag