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Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home & Memorial Park

2551 North Armistead Ave, Hampton, VA

OBITUARY

Gerald Governor Keller III

September 28, 1954February 10, 2020

Jerry Keller, age 65, of Hampton, Virginia unexpectantly passed away on Monday, February 10, 2020 surrounded by family. Jerry was born on September 28, 1954 in the District of Columbia to Anne Pearman Keller and Gerald Governor Keller Jr.

Jerry is survived by his wife of 33 years, Cindy; daughter Ashley (Josh); grandson Keller James; parents, Anne and Jerry Jr; brother, Kenny (Rhonda) and sister Cathy (Art) and several nieces and nephews. Jerry was a loving husband, father, grandfather, son, brother and friend to many. He spent over 40 years dedicated to ship repair work and retired in December 2016 from General Dynamics NASSCO Norfolk. He loved gardening, going to the beach, watching sports, and most importantly being with family. He will be deeply missed by all who loved him.

A service will be held at 2:00pm Saturday February 22, 2020 at Parklawn Memorial Park’s Chapel Mausoleum 2251 N. Armistead Ave Hampton, VA 23666. A gathering will be held after the service at his home.

Friends are encouraged to visit www.parklawn-woodfh.com to share memories and offer words of condolence with the family.

Services

  • Committal Service Saturday, February 22, 2020

Memories

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Patricia Lassiter

February 21, 2020

Jerry moved into his home next door to us when he was 18. We watched him grow, move into an apartment, get married. and come home to visit so many times.I remember him taking care of the family dog when his parents were gone. He was a good friend.

Sherrie Kellam

February 21, 2020

Jerry was my friend before he was my brother-in-law. He was full of life, funny, mischievous, a little rough around the edges, but also exuded a warmth and kindness hidden within. I liked him, but I knew he needed some polishing. After some time, I realized I knew someone who could smooth out his edges. So Rusty & I introduced him to my sister.! They fell in love and created a life together. We spent many days together, laughing, playing horseshoes, drinking cold ones, and making memories. Cindy & Jerry created a beautiful baby girl they called Ashley Ann (my middle name too), and they made me a proud aunt! We raised our children together. We taught them to love the beach, to love the creator of the beach (GOD) and to love their family. Jerry Keller loved his family, especially his daughter Ashley. She was the spark that ignited him. He would do anything for her. She made him proud.
Jerry loved his wife Cindy, and yes in time she smoothed some of his edges. They were solid. A stable union that together could weather any storms in their lives. A love that lasted 33 years.
One of the other loves in Jerry’s life was his young grandson Keller James. Ashley and her husband Josh wanted to honor Jerry and carry on the family name by naming their first child Keller. This pleased Jerry very much. It was also a pleasure for Jerry to play with his grandson. I watched as Jerry played with silly sand, and play dough; with dinosaurs and race cars; Build legos and sand castles laughing and joking all the while with his little man Keller. I often saw him look at him with awe and wonder as if to ponder what his precious grandson would become. Today I know that Jerry Keller is healed. He no longer suffers from any illness or condition. He is healthy and restored. His spirit dwells in a realm we cannot fathom. He safeguards his loved ones from another dimension. He lives in our memories and in our minds. I loved him and will cherish the time we had.

Karl Miller

February 19, 2020

I’m so sorry to hear of Jerry’s untimely passing. I hadn’t seen him in decades but still have such great memories of our Village Green neighborhood and playing countless rounds of basketball. Jerry was a great guy, a good athlete as I recall. My heart and prayers go out to all that loved him and that he loved. Rest In Peace in Jerry.
Your friend, Karl

Steve Korahaes

February 16, 2020

We will all miss Jerry very much. He was a person, a good family man, and a good friend to many. It is very hard to say goodbye, but there are many good memories that many people will have. I send prayers, love and good thoughts to all who are grieving the loss of Jerry.

Walter Williams

February 16, 2020

Jerry, you never said goodbye
You never said you are leaving,
You are gone before we knew it.
Only GOD knows why !!!
You will always be in our hearts
because in our hearts you are still alive.

Karen Pobiak

February 13, 2020

Greg and I are so very sorry for the loss of your husband, father and grandfather. We have many great memories with Jerry at the beach, at your house, and at our wedding. We will always remember his dance moves in the Soul Train Line! Sending all of you many prayers, thoughts of love and condolences, and peace during this sad time.

Love,
Greg and Karen Pobiak

Alain Ring

February 13, 2020

Jerry and I go way back becoming best of Friends in the mid 70's. He was one of 2 groomsman in our wedding and I will always cherish that. Jerry was one of the most talented/competitive Athletes I ever knew... we spent many an hour and days competing on the court or on the field. We would spend many weekends listening to POCO, Allman Brothers and Marshall Tucker. I was blessed to call him my Friend. Sadly the day he left us was filled with Tears of Sorrow and Hurt. It still hurts...…. Jerry (Catfish) Keller you are one tough cookie and you never ever stopped fighting. I love you and know we will hook up in the Heavens one day. Keep your eye on little Keller because that is what he is and always will be... a Keller. I just wish I had reached out to you more often. Love and Heartfelt Prayers to Cindy and Family...….we love you guys too. Your Friend Forever.. Alain

Cindy Frey

February 12, 2020

I have always known Jerry as Cathy’s older brother. I remember thinking when I first met Cathy (we were 15) that her brothers were heroes in my young adolescent eyes. They were always bigger than life to me. Although I grew up my admiration of Jerry never changed. Later in life he became my older brother too and was more of a brother to me than my own flesh and blood. We will miss you Jerry. Until we meet again. I love you.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY