OBITUARY

Jerry Ray Witten

August 1, 1948January 4, 2021
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Jerry Ray Witten, 72, passed away Monday, January 4, 2021 in Decatur, Alabama. He was born August 1, 1948 in Louisville, Kentucky to Elmo Dempsey Witten and Esther Rae Warren. He was raised and loved by Shelby and Daphne Stump, Glen and Frances Knauer, Mr. and Mrs. Gill, Cleo and Margaret Taylor, and Bud and Billie Searcy. Jerry graduated from Portland Christian School in 1967 and Southeastern Christian College in 1969 where he played basketball for the Torches.

He married the love of his life, Margaret Ann, on December 27, 1969. He worked at General Electric for 40 years retiring in 2009. Most recently, he found a passion for helping develop leaders while serving as a leadership coach for Eagle Consulting and Dynetics.

Jerry was a lover and follower of Jesus Christ. He was a devoted husband, shepherding father and gentle grandfather. Jerry served our country in the US Army and was a passionate patriot. He was an avid Kentucky Wildcat basketball fan, LSU football and baseball enthusiast and all around sports fan. One of his greatest joys was to watch his grandchildren excel in their sports whether it be softball, baseball, soccer, cheerleading, golf or football. His goal in life was to love God and love people. He belonged to First Baptist Church Decatur where he served on the Personnel Board and Benevolence Committee and anything else he was asked to do.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Elmo Dempsey Witten and Esther Rae Warren; sister, Judy Barcus.

Left to cherish Jerry’s memory is his loving wife of 51 years, Margaret “Meg” Witten; children- Chad (Rachel), Jeremy (Jennifer), Jamie Crim (Walter); grandchildren, Avery, Ann-Marie, Reagan, Abigail, Caleb, Witten, Amelia, and Elijah; siblings, Darryl, Jay, Danny Taylor, Mike Searcy, and Pat Beyerle; numerous nieces and nephews, and dear friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held Friday, January 15, 2021 at 4:00 pm at First Baptist Church Decatur with visitation starting at 2:00 pm.

The Funeral Service will be Monday, January 18, 2021 at 12:00pm at Evergreen Funeral Home in Louisville, Kentucky with visitation on Sunday from 1:00pm – 8:00pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make donations to Portland Christian School or Alabama Baptist Children’s Home in his memory.

Please visit www.Evergreen-Louisville.com to share condolences with Jerry’s family.

  • FAMILY

  • Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Elmo Dempsey Witten and Esther Rae Warren; sister, Judy Barcus.


    Left to cherish Jerry’s memory is his loving wife of 51 years, Margaret “Meg” Witten; children- Chad (Rachel), Jeremy (Jennifer), Jamie Crim (Walter); grandchildren, Avery, Ann-Marie, Reagan, Abigail, Caleb, Witten, Amelia, and Elijah; siblings, Darryl, Jay, Danny Taylor, Mike Searcy, and Pat Beyerle; numerous nieces and nephews, and dear friends.

Services

  • Visitation

    Sunday, January 17, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, January 18, 2021

Memories

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Marcia King

January 17, 2021

I worked with Jerry for many years at GE. He was someone of whom I had great respect and learned so much. Along with that, though, Jerry was someone who was just fun to be around. I loved his laugh and sense of humor. My heart breaks for his family as I know he will be missed. Their strong faith in the Lord will get them through. Love and prayers to all the Witten family.

Mike Marcel

January 15, 2021

I've been working with Mr. Jerry here at Dynetics for a while now. I can tell you with 100% certainty that the leadership conversations he and I had have changed my life. I ALWAYS looked forward to our chats and I can't tell you how heartbroken I was to hear of his passing.

My deepest condolences to your family. Mr. Jerry was an incredible man and his memory will live in my heart for a really long time!

- Mike M.

Cheryl Sapp

January 15, 2021

To the Witten Family:
Words cannot express the sadness that has gripped my soul over the lost of Mr. Jerry. Know that he was a person who was full of life.

You knew when he graced the hallways of Dynetics , he had such a unique sounding voice and laugh. He will be missed.

May the Lord God strengthen and comfort each of you and be ever so near in the days to come.
Blessings,
Cheryl Sapp

Zelda Garza

January 13, 2021

Our thoughts and prayers to the Witten Family. Chad we are so sorry to hear of the loss of your Father. Please know you and your family are in our hearts and we are Wishing you peace and comfort at this time. Your BHP HSE Family! ZG.

John A. Lewis

January 11, 2021

My condolences to the Witten Family,
I am a former IUE-CWA 83761 Officer who worked across the desk from Jerry. I had great respect for Jerry, I knew him to be an honorable man with great integrity. I’m sadden by Jerry’s passing, but he was a man of faith, and now he’s absent from you but he’s present with his Lord.
May God’s comfort and peace rest with you.
Rev. John A Lewis

Lisa Allen

January 10, 2021

I met Jerry not long after going through the MAD (make a difference) workshop at Dynetics. He was such a kind, warm and joyful person and we immediately became fast friends. Jerry was one in a million! He understood how to genuinely communicate with everyone. Jerry was my trusted go to person when I needed professional direction on how I could improve or the best way to handle any situation . He was always a straight shooter and I had confidence in the feedback and council that he provided.

Jerry knew I was a monkey so he regularly made jokes to bring me joy. One example is, my voicemail message begins with, “You’ve reached the desk of Lisa”, and he would start his reply off with “Wow, Lisa, I can’t believe you have your desk working for you! That’s a pretty neat trick!”.

Jerry has been the most influential person in my life in my time a Dynetics. His faith, joy, thoughtfulness, and dedication have inspired me and, I believe, many others as well. I am so blessed to have known such a wonderful person. He will be forever missed & remembered...

My thoughts and prayers are with this precious family. 🙏

Matthew 25:21

Bill McDonogh

January 10, 2021

Jerry was one of the most outstanding individuals have I ever known. A man of honesty and integrity, he always stood up for what he believed. A man of faith, who always had time for others.
I worked with Jerry for a number of years. They do not come any better. He will be missed. God bless his dear family.

Barbara Wimberley

January 10, 2021

Prayers for the family.

Faye Ashton

January 10, 2021

FBC senior adults traveled to Canada and Alaska on a 12 day trip. This was my first experience with Jerry (and Meg) and what a great one. I cannot begin to tell you the fun we had and the memories we made. Jerry and his Go-Pro captured any and everything. He was a joy and blessing. We had fun teasing about Bama vs LSU because he was a staunch LSU fan. I loved him and I will miss him. RIP with our Lord!❤❤

Donna Luckett

January 9, 2021

I had the great pleasure of working with Jerry in Human Resources in Louisville. He was a wonderful man with a huge heart. I send my deepest sympathy to his family.

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Biography

Jerry Ray Witten, 72, passed away Monday, January 4, 2021 in Decatur, Alabama. He was born August 1, 1948 in Louisville, Kentucky to Elmo Dempsey Witten and Esther Rae Warren. He was raised and loved by Shelby and Daphne Stump, Glen and Frances Knauer, Mr. and Mrs. Gill, Cleo and Margaret Taylor, and Bud and Billie Searcy. Jerry graduated from Portland Christian School in 1967 and Southeastern Christian College in 1969 where he played basketball for the Torches.

He married the love of his life, Margaret Ann, on December 27, 1969. He worked at General Electric for 40 years retiring in 2009. Most recently, he found a passion for helping develop leaders while serving as a leadership coach for Eagle Consulting and Dynetics.

Jerry was a lover and follower of Jesus Christ. He was a devoted husband, shepherding father and gentle grandfather. Jerry served our country in the US Army and was a passionate patriot. He was an avid Kentucky Wildcat basketball fan, LSU football and baseball enthusiast and all around sports fan. One of his greatest joys was to watch his grandchildren excel in their sports whether it be softball, baseball, soccer, cheerleading, golf or football. His goal in life was to love God and love people. He belonged to First Baptist Church Decatur where he served on the Personnel Board and Benevolence Committee and anything else he was asked to do.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Elmo Dempsey Witten and Esther Rae Warren; sister, Judy Barcus.

Left to cherish Jerry’s memory is his loving wife of 51 years, Margaret “Meg” Witten; children- Chad (Rachel), Jeremy (Jennifer), Jamie Crim (Walter); grandchildren, Avery, Ann-Marie, Reagan, Abigail, Caleb, Witten, Amelia, and Elijah; siblings, Darryl, Jay, Danny Taylor, Mike Searcy, and Pat Beyerle; numerous nieces and nephews, and dear friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held Friday, January 15, 2021 at 4:00 pm at First Baptist Church Decatur with visitation starting at 2:00 pm.

The Funeral Service will be Monday, January 18, 2021 at 12:00pm at Evergreen Funeral Home in Louisville, Kentucky with visitation on Sunday from 1:00pm – 8:00pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make donations to Portland Christian School or Alabama Baptist Children’s Home in his memory.

Please visit www.Evergreen-Louisville.com to share condolences with Jerry’s family.