Walter “Jerry” Yancey
January 29, 1941 ‒ December 10, 2018
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 www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.