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Kilgroe Funeral Home

2219 - 2nd Ave North, Pell City, AL

OBITUARY

Jerry W. Bickerstaff

October 29, 1946July 30, 2020

Jerry W. Bickerstaff was born on October 29, 1946, and passed away on July 30, 2020, and is under the care of Kilgroe Funeral Home-Pell City.

Mr. Bickerstaff is preceded in death by his parents, Elbert and Josephine Bickerstaff and brother, Larry Bickerstaff.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Pattie Bickerstaff; 2 daughters, Kathy (David) Parnell, Kellie (Eddie) Gibson; 4 grandchildren, Madison (Sydney) Howard, Noah (Michael) Howard, Reynolds Parnell, Emma Gibson; sister, Shirley (Mike) Frels.

Memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at www.kilgroefh.com

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, August 3, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, August 3, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Monday, August 3, 2020

Memories

Jerry W. Bickerstaff

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Mike Martin

August 3, 2020

I’m able to write this because of the man I Honor, Jerry Wayne Bickerstaff.
See in August 1969( Jerry was home on a leave from the US Navy) we all went swimming at a quarry, it was more like a bottomless pit but did have a small area we could walk on.
We were horseback wrestling. I’m on my Uncle Jerry’s back and a girl named Shelby( Uncle Larry’s GF at the time) was on Larry’s back and we would knock each other off.
But this one time we stepped off the ledge and down we go. I panicked and took off swimming underwater the wrong direction ( I couldn’t swim on top) and got caught up underwater in the lily pads. I couldn’t get out to get to the top,I fought & fought, the water was-so dark, no one would be able to see me and my lungs were about to explode, my 11 year old life flashed before my face. I was to the point I couldn’t hold it any longer and about to inhale the water.
I’m at my end without any more hope of surviving
A hand grabbed my hair and pulled me up to the surface, Air, air, air, it had a wonderful taste that day and was delicious.
It was my Uncle Jerry he had found me in the black water,
Tangled up underwater in the lily pads-
and I was a nano second from inhaling the water.
I don’t know how he found me but
He saved my Life and I will be forever grateful
I will forever miss him
He was the Perfect role model
I learned so much from him it would take forever to list
I Will Forever Love him very much
He will be always be My Hero!!!

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

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