Jerry Gayle Terry Jr.
October 13, 1964 – October 4, 2020
Jerry "J.T." Gayle Terry, Jr., age 55, passed away on October 4, 2020 in Dallas, Texas. He was born on October 13, 1964 in Houston, Texas to Margaret Elaine Little and Jerry Gayle Terry, Sr. J.T. was raised in Lampasas and Grand Prairie and graduated from Grand Prairie High School in 1983 and in 1994 from Richland Community College. In his spare time J.T. enjoyed coaching wheelchair basketball, refereeing wheelchair basketball of all levels, playing wheelchair football, bowling, softball and basketball with friends and spending time with his daughters and grandchildren. His family and friends will always remember him as a child at heart, always willing to lend an ear, help anyone in the disabled community in anyway he could and a very passionate person.
J.T. is preceded in death by his mother, Margaret Elaine Little; father, Jerry Gayle Terry, Sr.; his grandmother, Rubye Farmer Chandler and his father-in-law, Homer Michael Boccaccio, Jr. Left to cherish his memory is his daughter, Elaina Nicole Terry; stepdaughters, Kristin Lynn Kastanek and Emily Danielle Moreno and husband, Johnny; ex-wife, Lori Michelle Kastanek; 4 grandchildren, Aleigha, Johnny, Layla and Benjamin. His best friend, Vernon Walker and his wife, Christy and their children, Josh and Izzy; His mother-in-law, Barbara Jean Boccaccio; brother-in-law, Larry Boccaccio and wife, Meredith and nieces and nephews, Brad, Ashley, Josh and Kelly; aunt, Jennie Terry Mitchusson and husband, Dale Mitchusson and their four kids, Misty, Brittany, Mariah and Brian; as well as the Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks Basketball family and all the friends he made within the disabled community.
J.T. had many accomplishments in life, in 2006 he was the award winner of the Captain James S. Ure; 2007 and 2008: D2 Dallas Mavs NWBA Champion: Player; 2010 and 2011: NIT Jr Mavericks NWBA Champion: Coach; 2012: Ed Owen Coach of the Year Award Winner; 2017: D3 DFW Freewheelers NWBA Champion: Player/Coach and 2020: D1 Dallas Mavericks NWBA Champion: Coach.
A Celebration of Life gathering and online event will be held on Saturday, October 17, 2020 from 2:00pm to 7:00pm at Lone Star PVA, 3925 Forest Lane Garland, Texas 75042. Please use the link below if you are not able to attend: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8798052328?pwd=NEFsZUdPWk1BVmxaeUhEbWJvdWpvZz09
Celebration of Life
Saturday, October 17, 2020
Jerry Gayle Terry Jr.
October 20, 2020
Anyone that knew JT could say this about him.. He was a child at heart. He was always cracking a joke and had the loudest laugh in the room that made you want to laugh too. He was relentlessly devoted to the disabled community in any way he could be, with sports- especially basketball. But, he also never missed an important moment with the family. Birthdays, recitals, Christmas parties, he was there for it all. I never met anyone more devoted to a community and, at the same time, always there for his family.
There are so many things that I miss and will always remember about JT but, his sincerity and love were beyond special to me and I try to be more like him in these ways. He never left anything unsaid and when he made a commitment he showed up every single time.
JT was a wonderful dad to my older sister, Elaina, and even though he wasn’t my father he always accepted me as his own. We had an unspoken bond, he knew I need a father figure in my life and he never questioned stepping up for me. I will forever be grateful for that. He was the best Bapa to my kids, he just lit up every time he got a chance to see them.
There are many valuable lessons I have learned in life from JT and countless memories that I will forever cherish. He lived a life that truly inspires me to always be my best, and never give up.
He will always be in our hearts.
October 17, 2020
My family met J.T. more than 20 years ago through the wheelchair basketball circle. I was immediately drawn to and touched by his warm and sincere connection to children with disabilities, as well as his effortless gift of being a father. He talked about his girls constantly, and often had at least Elaina with him. Though I don't really know the other girls, I give him a huge credit for the wonderful woman Elaina is! I'm sure I would say the same about the others if I knew them. He was that amazing! J.T. also had a fearless loyalty to family, friends and those in the disabled community that is indescribable! I was in awe of how he took care of those he loved and his passion for being there for those who needed him! His Earthly body may be gone from this word, but I believe his spirit is with our Heavenly Father, healed and whole. His memory will remain here on Earth with the countless people whose lives he affected; my children, ex-husband and myself included!!!! Eventhough I did not see him much after the kids graduated, we kept in touch through texts. It saddens me to realize too late, that keeping in touch through texts was NOT NEARLY enough! Needless to say, we are extremely saddened by his passing, but I will always remember him with love and be grateful for all the ways he was there for Howard Michael and Brittany. Much love and prayers to Elaina and the rest of his family. You are in our prayers. Melinda Ayers
October 8, 2020
I met JT about 41 years ago, he was playing wheelchair basketball. My friend/neighbor Carol Stevenson had me tag along out to Bauchman recreation center where most of the games and practices were held at the time. Little did she know she was a match-maker in the works.
We had many a good time over the years!!! JT and I share a daughter, Elaina Nicole Terry and he always claimed to be step-dad to my daughters Emily Moreno and Kristin Kastanek. He never missed a school event, softball game or dance recital.
JT was a good soul, always willing to lend a hand and enjoyed all sports. He kept active always. I can remember we couldn’t go anywhere without someone knowing him. He never met a stranger!
JT will be missed, and I’ll always remember him! Prayers to all his friends and my family during this time of grief. Rest In Peace JT 🧡
Lori Boccaccio Kastanek