June 12, 1939 – September 16, 2019
Jerry Hugh Partridge was born in Philadelphia, Mississippi on June 12, 1939, and raised in Leeds, Alabama. He went home to meet his Savior on Sept. 16,2019 after positively influencing thousands of lives in his 80 years. His wife of 63 years, Patricia, as well as his four kids and 11 grandkids shared their Jerry/Daddy/Pop with students, athletes, the communities and ice cream patrons for a lifetime. Not one would change a thing, because that would mean changing Pop, and that would have been the mistake of a lifetime … a lifetime of learning that if you “Do Right” nothing else matters. Isn’t it funny that nobody seems to want to change a man who is open to change and finding the best way to get things done as well as finding the best in others? Jerry was a Greenie. He graduated from Leeds High School in 1957, just in time to marry the love of his life Patricia, or “Honey” if you hung around the house long enough to hear them converse. Before either was 25-years-old there were four kids who would spend many a year working hard to share one bathroom. Kent, Miriam, Dana and David made it work, because if you learned nothing else from Pop it was to play as a team. That meant living as a team. That meant “Doing Right.” After graduation from LHS and spending two years on a milk truck before any sane people woke up, or some insane ones went to bed, it was off to Samford to play and win a lot of games under Coach Bobby Bowden. Then the coaching began to the tune of 36 years at West End, Jones Valley, Phillips, Midfield, Huffman and Coosa Valley where everyone who played for him, including both sons, learned that the most important thing about football is relationships. As the lure of the gridiron ebbed, the siren song of Logan Martin Lake and the grandkids flowed. It was pontoon boats and poker games. Fourth of July pig roasts and plenty of body convulsing laughter. But mostly there was Courtney, Jesse, Elise, Keith, Christian, Patrick, Olivia, Matthew, Sam, Kaleo and Mali. There was Teresa, Eric, Brian and Andi. And there still is. Soon there will be Charlie and she will hear much about her Great Pop. Through it all, there was always Trisha, from the time one was 8 and the other 5- years-old. That’s 72 years, 63 of those married to the love of each other’s lives. They did life the hard way, persevering through slim times to raise a family while both completing college degrees in fields dedicated to helping others. Leeds was home, and in 1994 they moved back, renovated the old home place and 25 years of the greatest family Christmases ever happened on Sims Street.Grandkids in their 30s, along with their spouses, still show up to enjoy their own Christmas spend the night party with Gran in charge and Pop stirring mischief. There is no greater tribute to the man whose life we celebrate today than his influence on his family and countless former players and coaches. The man who preached relationships also knew that the ultimate relationship with Christ means really living, because it compels us to “Do Right” by Him, by the ones we know and love, and even the ones we don’t know and love yet. Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 19, 2019 at Kilgroe Funeral Home, Leeds at 12 Noon until 2:00PM. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, September 19, 2019 at Kilgroe Funeral Home, Leeds at 2:00PM with burial to follow at Forest Crest Cemetery. Kilgroe Funeral Home, Leeds to direct services.
September 23, 2019
I played football with Jerry at Howard (Samford now). He was not very big for a college defensive back but he could and would knock your britches off if you caught a pass or ran the ball in his area. You heard the impact when Jerry hit someone.
I remember playing against Wofford College and they had a tight end that was about 6' 4 " and weighed well over 220. Their game plan was obviously to throw the ball often to the big tight end that was covered by the much smaller Jerry Partridge. Every time he caught a pass in front of Jerry you could hear the impact and down would go the bigger tight end. By the fourth quarter, when we needed the ball, they threw another pass to the big guy and this time when Jerry hit him he fumbled, we got the ball and won the game. Jerry came up to the guy's shoulder pads in size but was head and shoulders above him in guts.
When I heard of Jerry's passing I sent a note and a link to the obituary to Coach Bowden. He remembered Jerry and sends his condolences and best wishes for the family. I do the same.
Kathy (Dillard) Marsh
September 20, 2019
Coach P coached our football team when I was at Huffman High School. I never had a class under him or knew him well but he did a great job with our team. What a beautiful tribute in the obituary to a life well-lived. I know all of you will miss him! Prayers for all.
September 18, 2019
I'm so sorry to hear about Jerry's passing. I had the pleasure of coaching with Jerry at West End High School. He was a good coach, a good teacher, but above all else, he was a good man. He will be missed.
September 17, 2019
So very sorry for your loss. Jerry was a fine outstanding Christian man. I only knew him from church but had tremendous respect. Leeds has lost a great servant but heaven's gained another bright star!