Dr. Jerry Alan Songer
January 27, 1936 – October 10, 2019
Jerry Songer, 83, of Macon, Georgia went home to heaven Thursday October 10, 2019.
He was a beloved husband, devoted father, faithful friend and Christian servant. Best known for his love of God, Dodgers baseball, chocolate chip cookies, BBQ, his family and his people. He didn’t just love people he intentionally showed love to all people through regular calls, cards and visits. He never met a stranger and never forgot a name.
A native of Indiana, Jerry was born January 27, 1936 to Mary Kathryn and William Alfred Songer. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Belmont College, Nashville TN in 1958 and Master of Divinity at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY in 1961. He later earned his Doctor of Ministry from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC in 1975. During his 40 years of ministry he served as pastor of First Baptist Winchester, First Baptist Mitchellville, First Baptist Huntland, First Baptist Greenbrier, and Westwood Baptist Cleveland in Tennessee, Central Baptist, Waycross GA, Central Baptist, Chattanooga TN and First Baptist, Roswell GA. He also served on many denominational boards and held officer positions with the Tennessee and Georgia Baptist Convention’s Executive Board and local associations. After retiring in 1996 at age 60 he became a certified Deacon Trainer, Intentional Interim, Conflict Mediator, Pastoral Care Specialist and Transitional Pastor and served nine churches as long-term interim pastor until 2005.
Jerry will be missed by many but especially his wife, Brenda, his daughter, Sheree (Clint) Crowe of Cumming, GA, his sons, Mark (Alison), Brent and Shane Songer of Chattanooga, TN and stepdaughter Tabitha (Alex) Hinson of Macon, GA; his grandchildren, Stacey (Michael) Zito of Marietta, GA, Ryan Gervickas of Salt Lake City, UT, Chase & Cade Smith of Cumming, GA, Sara & Carson Crowe of Lawrenceville, GA, Nathan Songer of Chattanooga, TN and Ella & Zander Hinson of Macon, GA; and great-grandchildren Scarlet Alford & Bastian Zito of Marietta, GA. He is also survived by his sister, Carolyn (David) Dean of Springfield, TN and brother, Joseph (Gayle) Songer of Muncie, IN and nieces and nephews.
Jerry is predeceased by his first wife, Jane, of Roswell, GA, his parents, Mary Kathryn & William Alfred Songer of Petersburg, IN and his great-grandson Ashton Alford.
There will be two services to celebrate his life. A Memorial Service in Macon on Monday, October 14, 2019 at 11:00am at Vineville Baptist Church. The family will receive friends before the service at 10:00am and immediately following the service. A Celebration of Life will be at 1:00pm on Friday, November 1, 2019 at First Baptist Church, Roswell, Georgia. Fellowship is planned after the service.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Jerry & Jane Songer Scholarship Fund at Belmont University, 1900 Belmont Blvd, Nashville, TN 37212, Vineville Baptist Church or First Baptist Church, Roswell, Georgia.
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- Jerry will be missed by many but especially his wife, Brenda, his daughter, Sheree (Clint) Crowe of Cumming, GA, his sons, Mark (Alison), Brent and Shane Songer of Chattanooga, TN and stepdaughter Tabitha (Alex) Hinson of Macon, GA; his grandchildren, Stacey (Michael) Zito of Marietta, GA, Ryan Gervickas of Salt Lake City, UT, Chase & Cade Smith of Cumming, GA, Sara & Carson Crowe of Lawrenceville, GA, Nathan Songer of Chattanooga, TN and Ella & Zander Hinson of Macon, GA; and great-grandchildren Scarlet Alford & Bastian Zito of Marietta, GA. He is also survived by his sister, Carolyn (David) Dean of Springfield, TN and brother, Joseph (Gayle) Songer of Muncie, IN and nieces and nephews.
Jerry & Jane Songer Scholarship Fund
c/o Belmont University 1900 Belmont Blvd. , Nashville, TN 37212
- First Baptist Church
- Visitation Monday, October 14, 2019
- A Celebration of Life Monday, October 14, 2019
Dr. Jerry Alan Songer
October 16, 2019
Jerry was a long - time friend of my family, one that I was personally connected to at several different points in my life. Because of his connection to my family we moved to Greenbrier, TN where I finished high school and then went to Belmont College. He invited me to lead music in a revival meeting where he preached in West Virginia and I still remember one of the messages he preached there titled "Don't Park Here!" Later he recommended me to First Baptist Church, Sweetwater TN. After his retirement we kept in touch for a while and I especially enjoyed receiving his cryptic notes and trying to decipher them! Jerry left a lasting imprint on many lives; I am blessed to be just one of them.
October 15, 2019
Dear Brenda & family,
We were so sorry to hear about Jerry. Our thoughts & prayers are with you in the coming days. Miss seeing you!
George & Peggy Williams
October 13, 2019
To Brenda and all of Jerry's family. As you all know, Jerry and I have been friends for almost 40 years. We became friends when Jerry was pastor in Chattanooga and I was pastor of F. B. C . in McCaysville, Georgia. There was hardly a time when I came to Chattanooga that we did not go to lunch together. After Jerry and Jane moved to Roswell, we had many other opportunities to visit.
Our friendship grew over the years as Jerry became one of the best friends Ann I ever had. He was an encourager and joy to be around. We have even finished each other's sentences.
There have been few people who have meant as much to me as Jerry Songer.
Brenda, you have been such a great care-giver as well as a special friend to Ann and me.
"So, so long Jerry."
Let the Son Shine,
CGC Cecil G. Clegg
October 13, 2019
I spent much of my late childhood and teenage years at First Baptist Church of Roswell under the leadership of Dr. Jerry Songer and Jerry and Maryann Tyler. I have learned Malachi 3:10 (in the KJV) as a result of Dr. Songer's scriptural reminder before the offering was received in worship services. His faith and witness are his legacy and he truly loved and cared for his sheep at FBC Roswell. I'm honored to know that my own call in ministry was made more clear because of dedicated ministers like Dr. Songer. I'm grateful that God allowed me to hear Jesus in and through his ministry. We were Dr. Songer's friends...and always will be thanks to Jesus.
May God bless all of the family as they grieve and celebrate his life. Love in Christ from here in North Carolina, dear friends.