Walter “Jerry” Yancey

January 29, 1941 ‒ December 10, 2018

Marion, Ohio

Walter “Jerry” Yancey, age 77, of Marion, went to be with the Lord on Monday, December 10, 2018, at the Marion General Hospital following a fifteen month battle with cancer.

On January 29, 1941, Jerry was born in Affinity, West Virginia, the youngest of four children of the late Walter Lee and Grace Cecelia (Darnell) Yancey.  He never had the chance to meet his father, who died just before he was born. He graduated from Sophia High School in West Virginia.

In 1961, Jerry moved to Marion, Ohio, to be near his sister, Lois, and brother-in-law, James.  He worked as a salesman for Jewel Tea, the Landmark Co., Central Soya, and lastly Carter Lumber, from which he retired in 2004.

Opposites attracted when Jerry met his wife to be, Betty Meadows, in 1971.  They were a good compliment to one another, and were married on July 21, 1972.  Together they shared forty six loving years of marriage and they shared a deep abiding faith in the Lord.  He was an active member of The Gathering Place in Marion, where he served as a head usher and participated with Bible studies.  He also sang in a gospel group known as the Christianaires, with his deep bass singing voice.

Having an appreciation for nature, Jerry loved being outdoors and one of his favorite pastimes was cutting wood.  He also loved going to the beach whenever he was visiting his daughter and grandchildren in Florida.

Jerry was a good hearted man, who proudly supported his wife, children and grandchildren.  He had an easy going way about him, and he enjoyed telling stories making sure not to leave out any details.

Jerry will be missed by his wife, Betty Yancey of Marion; four children: Kathryn Yancey of Charlotte, NC, Lori Ramsey of Rock Hill, SC, Dr. Scott (Tina) Yancey of Marion, and Kara (Bishop Kevin) Swiney of Port St. Joe, FL; seven grandchildren: Hunter, Alex, and Romy Yancey, Trey Ramsey, and Kadin, Kesler, and Keziah Swiney; two siblings: Fred Yancey of McArthur, WV, and Lois (James) Endicott of Dunlap, TN; numerous nieces and nephews; and by his church family at The Gathering Place.

Including his parents, Jerry was preceded in death by his brother, James Yancey.

His family will greet friends from 4 – 7 pm on Wednesday, December 12, 2018, at the Snyder Funeral Homes, DENZER Chapel, 360 E. Center St., Marion.  Services celebrating his new life will also be held there at 10 am on Thursday, with Pastor Rohan Anderson officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Gathering Place, 1300 Mt. Vernon Ave., Marion, OH 43302.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to serve Jerry’s family; your condolences may be shared with them via

  • Betty,
    So sorry to hear of your loss. Jerry was a wonderful person. He will be missed.
    Praying for you and your family.

  • Betty and family, I am so sorry to hear about Jerry. My thoughts, prayers and love to all of you.

    Jim & Marsha Martin

  • Sending our love and prayers to my dear cousins. Jerry was such a comical man thru all of years. His smile is what I will hold dear to my heart.

  • Oh Betty, I am so sorry to hear this sad news. Please know that you are in my prayers. My heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. Love, Brenda

  • Betty and family we are so sorry for your loss our thoughts and prayers for you and your family. He will be missed by all.

  • Betty I am so sorry for your loss. I am lifting you and your family up in prayer that God will see you through this difficult time. Love you

  • I am so sorry for your loss. I have many good memories of your family . He will be missed my so many.

  • Betty I’m sorry to read of Jerry’s passing
    Prayers for you and family,what a wonderful man of God I remember

  • Miss Betty,

    So sorry for you and your family’s loss. Jerry was a great brother in Christ and a sincerely nice man that I count as a privilege to have known. I was always blessed by his kindness and the times that I had to chat with him. My prayers are with you all in this difficult time.

  • Betty and family–so sorry to read about Jerry–My thoughts and prayers are with you–sorry to say I will be unable to go to visiting hours–Our UMW dinner is then –Sandy Dunahue

  • Betty and family. So sorry for your loss. Jerry was a wonderful person. Love and prayers for you all.

  • Hugs and prayers to Betty and the family and friends that are many. Love you. Lonnie and Vicki

  • Betty and Family, I’m so sorry to hear of Jerry passing away. My prayers and thoughts are with you all.
    What a great man he was!! He will be missed!!

  • Betty and family,
    JimBob and I are so sorry to hear about your loss. Jerry was always so kind and thoughtful of others.
    Love and prayers,
    Lahoma and JimBob Buckley

  • So sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family. I really enjoyed talking to Jerry when I would see him.

  • I am so very saddened to hear the news Betty. Please know you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers! Jerry will be so missed!

  • Jerry was a staple in the Big Island community. He always had a smile on his face . He will be missed

  • Betty, Scott, Kara and family; so very sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. Jerry was a great man. He is Heaven’s gain and our loss. Our hearts weep with you and for you.

    Grateful to the Lord that He allowed our lives to connect with your family throughout the years. We will continue praying for you all.

    In Christ Love,
    Mike & Debbie Bodine
    Michael & Tricia Bodine II

  • I remember Jerry from way back, my first cousin on my dads side. So sorry to hear of his passing. Expressing my sympathy for his family and friends.

  • Been thinking about Uncle Jerry alot especially the last couple of weeks, wish we could have been around more over the past years but I’ve got a lot of good memories and stories. We even named a car after him when I was a teenager. Love and prayers for you aunt Betty, Scott, Kara, Kathy and Lori.

    Ken and Bobbyetta Endicott

  • Betty and family-
    We are so sorry for your loss. Jerry was a wonderful man and we adored him dearly. Sending prayers and hugs your way

  • I am so sorry to read about Jerrys passing. He will be dearly missed. I know he is in a better place, no longer dealing with that awful disease. Prayers for you and your family Betty.

  • Tina,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I know the pain of losing a wonderful father-in-law. My heart goes out to you.
    Tim and I really appreciated Jerry years ago when he came to our home often while he worked for Carters. Since those days he had always treated us like we were dear friends when he saw us out and about.
    Praying for your comfort.
    God is with you!

  • So sorry to hear of your loss. Such a dear man. Our prayers are with you Betty, and your family.