Sherwood Chapel & Memorial Gardens

3176 Airport Highway, Alcoa, TN


Jerry L. Blair

1 July, 19253 June, 2020

Jerry L. Blair, 94, passed away on June 3, 2020. A longtime employee of JC Penney Co., she enjoyed and appreciated her many customers over the years. Preceded in death by husband E.L. Blair; son, Bobby L. Blair; grandson, David S. Blair; sister, Wanda Deaton; and brother William Lowder. Jerry was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and aunt. She will be sorely missed by son, Ron Blair (Gail); former daughter-in-law, Gayle Rich; grandchildren, Jason Blair (Jamey); granddaughter-in-law, Robyn Blair, Randy Blair and Holli Bender (Ed); great-grandchildren including Lucas Blair, Lee Blair, Katie Blair, Ashley Blair, Gabi Bender; and other great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. A family service will be held at Sherwood Chapel and Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, 871 N Weisgarber Rd, Knoxville, TN 37909 or a charity of their choice.


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Patricia (Breedlove) Dean

8 August 2020

To the Blair Family,
Please accept my deepest sympathy with the passing of your dearly beloved family member. My mother was Betty Blair, the youngest sister to E.L. Blair. Whenever my mother spoke of Jerry it was with such kind words. My heart goes out to each of you with her passing. Heaven has welcomed another angel and in this life she will certainly never be forgotten.
Love and prayers

Nelda Goins

8 June 2020

Ron and Gail, our condolences to you and everyone in the family. I will always be grateful to Jerry for helping me get started in real estate and her continued support and advice for many years. Marvin always sought her advice when he was shopping at Penney’s as well. She lived a long and full life and I know you all will miss her very much.

Marvin and Nelda Goins.

Bill Everett

6 June 2020

Ron, Gail, and Family, I was so sorry to learn of Jerrys' passing. She was a good friend and one of the nicest, most gracious ladies, that We have had the privilege to know. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.
Bill & Kay Everett

Shannon Lawrence

6 June 2020

I just heard the news about Jerry and I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Jerry at JCPenney for almost 9 years. She was always sweet and kind to me. What times I would work with her over in the men's department we always had fun together. When I went to working on the pricing team I got to see her a little more. She will be greatly missed by all. I pray that God will bring peace, strength & comfort to all of you. Your family will be in my prayers.

Nancy Perkey

5 June 2020

It was with great sadness I read of Jerry passing on to heaven. I dearly loved her. She was always so upbeat with such a wonderful smile all the time. I never saw her upset. She told me quite a bit about her life as we grew to know each other through the years. She told of living a tough life at a young age caring for her sons and working to support them. But she was a survivor, strong and independent. She dearly loved her son Ron and daughter-in-law Gail. Thanks to both of you for ensuring that Jerry was taken care of and needed nothing as she aged gracefully. I have known Jerry for 33 years at least. My husband always depended on Jerry to help him find his suits and clothing at JC Penneys. He would wait and go back later until Jerry was working if we went there and it was her day off. And she was my favorite client and as years passed she was proud to say that she was one of my oldest clients in time of me preparing her taxes and in her age with such a big smile and laugh. She was so good for my ego. It is fitting that in the year of her passing that Penneys is closing in Maryville and the cruise lines have shut down for the rest of this year.Jerry will be deeply missed. I am deeply sorry for your loss.


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