OBITUARY

Gerald Comer

July 7, 1926January 13, 2014
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(Ret) Gerald “Jerry” Comer, age 87, resident of Columbus, died on Monday, January 13, 2014 at his residence. Funeral services at Edgewood Hall of Striffler-Hamby, Columbus on Friday, January 17, 2014, 2 p.m. with Reverend Roy White and Reverend Eric Sizemore officiating. Interment with full military honors will follow at Parkhill Cemetery. The family will receive friends with reception at the funeral home on Thursday, January 16, 2014 from 5-7 p.m. SGM Comer was born July 7, 1926 in Bartow, Florida but grew up in Ray City, Georgia. He was the son of the late Janie and Audley Comer. SGM Comer was retired from the U.S. Army where he served his country honorably for over 29 years. During his distinguished career, he served in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. He was awarded numerous medals and ribbons to include the Bronze Star for Valor device and OLC; Legion of Merit; Meritorious Service Medal; Army Commendation Medal w/1OLC; and Vietnam Service Medal w/bronze star. SGM Comer had the distinct honor to served in the OLD GUARD, Honor Company at Fort Myer (Arlington Cemetery) where he met and married Gladys Pritchard (a member of the WAC) at Fort Myer. After retiring from the military, he worked at Fort Benning, Georgia and organized the Learning Centers as a civilian. SGM Comer was a member of Living Grace UMC (formerly Edgewood UMS). He was a devout student of the Bible and led many bible studies and taught Sunday School while attending Wesley Heights UMC. SGM Comer was preceded in death by his brothers, Hubert (went down on the USS Rich during WWI), Harold Comer, James Comer, and beloved brother-in-law, Al Garner. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Gladys Pritchard Comer; a daughter, Linda Smith and her husband Terry of Augusta, Georgia; a son, SMSgt (USAF Ret) Larry Comer and his wife Becky of Crestview, Florida; one brother, Murray Comer and his wife Jane of Madison, Florida; two sisters, Millie Garner of Baxley, Georgia, Barbara Carter and her husband Ike of Hayesville, Kansas; a loving sister-in-law, Margie Brucker and her husband Bruck of Cincinnatti, Ohio; his granddaughters, Angelia “Ada” Cates and her husband Larry of Greenville, South Carolina, Jessica Bolyard and her husband Scott of Appling, Georgia, Ashley Woodard and her husband Mark of Aiken, South Carolina; his grandsons, Jeremy Comer and Joel Comer, (Matt) of Charlotte, North Carolina; four great-granddaughters, Shelby Jo Cates, Ashley Marie Woodard, Leah May Bolyard, Cadence Rose Woodard; one great-grandson, John Warren Woodard; many loving nieces and nephews; two Godsons, Michael Frye and Trey Meares; many dear friends and adopted family “The Family.” Jerry was loved by many and known by many names, Jerry, Dad, “Diddy,” Grandpa Jerry, Grandpa, and Great-Grandpa. Flowers are accepted or contributions can be made to Gentiva Hospice, 2425 Williams Road, Columbus or Patriot Guard c/o Rob Butler, 6103 Canterbury Drive, Columbus, Georgia 31909.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, January 16, 2014
  • Funeral Service Friday, January 17, 2014
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Robert Belew

December 14, 2014

My name is Robert Belew, when I was just a wet behind the ears kid, right out of basic training, I was assigned to the Trainee Personnel Division at Ft. Benning, GA. My First Sgt. sent me to report to SGM Comer. When I got there I was sent into the office of the most impressive NCO that I ever met in my short military career. He told me that there were 3 ways to do things around that office, the wrong way, the Army way and his Way and that the first would be a disaster, the second would be tough, and the third would work out pretty good for me. This man taught me more about respect and the Army than any training I ever received. I have a wonderful letter of recommendation that he prepared for me when I received my orders for Vietnam. He received orders to return to Korea at the same time and offered to request that I be diverted to Korea to work for him but told me Vietnam was better duty. The short time
that I knew him I just wanted to let his family know that he was a positive influence in my life and I have thought of him many times. RIP SGM Comer

Gladys Comer

February 4, 2014

Oh how I miss you today! February 4, 2014! It was 64 years ago we drove to Maryland and was married in a little Methodist Church! It seems like only yesterday. Loved you then, love you today and will through eternity! Until we meet again! Gladys

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Cecelia King

January 30, 2014

"That time will comfort you in the future. Keep sharing your memories! Love and prayers to you and your family!"

Bonnie Coleman

January 30, 2014

"My sweet Uncle Jerry looks so youthful in this photo. He never lost his good looks or sense of humor. He was frank, tough & wise & shared many great stories with us all during his lifetime. I am so honored to have grown up knowing him, learning so much from him & feeling his love for all of us. He will live on & on in our memories & laughter! Although we know where he is, we will miss him very much until that time we are all together again. Love & prayers!"

Kim Bly Aiello

January 30, 2014

"So sorry for your loss. Sending prayers to you and your family that God may grace you with everlasting peace during this difficult time"

Murray and Jane Comer

January 30, 2014

"It's a little after 2:00 P.M. now on Friday and I Can't be where I want to be physically but Jane and I are in spirit. We know the days ahead for you, Gladys, will be hard and different, and for Larry, Linda and families, but there are so many things to be thankful for and all those wonderful memories...Posting one of our favorite pictures of Jerry, knowing he was preparing his Sunday School lesson"

Linda Smith

January 30, 2014