Jerry Gregory Thompson Yates
August 13, 1938 – April 24, 2019
Jerry passed away from this life at his home in Zephyrhills, Florida surrounded by loved ones on Wednesday, April 24, 2019. Jerry was preceded in death by his sons: Roger, George, Jerry and his siblings: Lavern, Chi-Chi, Terry, Marvin, Marsha, Joanne, Jimmy, Judy, Sandy and Eugene. He is survived by his loving wife Deborah, and children Leonard, Cheryl, Michelle, Casey and Coy. His sister Colleen and brother Bobby. Many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and loved ones. Jerry's life will be celebrated at Brown Funeral Home 1480 E Hill Rd, Grand Blanc, Michigan. Visitations will take place Friday, May 3rd from 4-8pm, Saturday, May 4th 10a-12pm. Funeral services at 12pm followed by a graveside interment service at Evergreen Cemetery. Please visit www.brownfh.com to view our on-line guest book and share condolences with the family. The family requests any floral contributions be made through Blossoms On Main located at 245 N Main street, Milford, Michigan. They can be reached by phone at 248-685-1685.
- Visitation Friday, May 3, 2019
- Visitation Before Service Saturday, May 4, 2019
- Funeral Service Saturday, May 4, 2019
Jerry Gregory Thompson Yates
May 2, 2019
I am lucky enough to have called Jerry a friend. I have to say the family that Jerry and Deb have created show me that unconditional love and commitment truly are real things that are obtainablewith the will and dedication. I got to give that man a hug recently and visit with him and it was a great time and I am so thankful to the Yates family for letting me be there for it. I love you all bunches and am praying always.
May 2, 2019
We all know papa was a man that seemed hard to approach on the outside but if you knew him he was one of the most loving, wisest , funniest and youngest people you’ve ever known.. I can’t help but think we are all here because we were what kept him going for so long ya know? We were what he loved. He didn’t care if it was on a boat,over the grill , in the pool , or just layed back on the couch and not with a cold one but a grandchild in his hands. He skilled thru everything and Nothing held him back,Not the loss of his vision not the loss of health. Nothing stopped him from doing what he wanted to do every single day. I don’t think anyone can tell me of a time he let anything or anyone get the best of him. He was here with us for so long and like I said I think we kept him going for a long time but In just as big if not bigger of a way,he was here for the rest of us. He never stopped teaching and helping what and who he could until the day he left us. His soul was the purest I’ve known and I can truly say I’ve never felt the way I do without him . I lost a friend,mentor, and grandfather the day I lost him and I’ll never let go of the things he gave me to take this life head on. I just hope that some day I can be as happy and content as that great man was.
April 30, 2019
Deb & family,
I don't know how to express how much I feel for you and your family losing any loved one is horrible but I hope you can eventually have some of the pain eased knowing he is with his son Jerry and other loved ones who have been waiting for him. a few months ago I remember Jerry calling me and telling me that he heard the song redneck woman and it reminded him of me and I got such a laugh out of that because I've always been quite the hillbilly since I was a little kid and I've always loved Jerry to death he has been like a big brother uncle and a friend to me and my family and he will be missed dearly. I will be praying for him and your whole family. From what I remember Jerry lived his life to the fullest and was always there to lend a hand to us I know at least and I'm sure to others he was a wonderful man and the world will be a little less of a place without him here our loss is heaven's gain.
Wendy & Paul Lavoie
April 29, 2019
Deb & Family,
Thinking of you at this difficult time our deepest sympathy to you all. Jerry was such a kind and caring man, very welcoming when we first moved to FL years ago. He will be missed. If you need anything just let us know.
Wendy & Paul
April 27, 2019
I am a friend of Deb for many years now. I was witness through many conversations with Deb how deep and unconditional love this family has for each other. My husband and I had the pleasure meeting Jerry over lunch recently. I know that in time your feelings and memories will be filled with joy.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Karen and Don