OBITUARY

Jerry Ray Whitson

September 27, 1961January 20, 2019
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JERRY RAY WHITSON entered rest on Sunday evening, January 20, 2019, surrounded by his family, after battling cancer for several years.

Jerry was born in Texarkana, Texas on September 27, 1961. He was preceded in death by his father, Joe D. Whitson, Sr., his mother, Martha H. Whitson, and his brother, Joseph David Whitson, Jr., Ph.D. He is survived by his wife, Stephanie Lawrence Whitson, his eldest daughter, Shea Whitson of Memphis, TN, his son, Nathan Whitson, of Universal City, Texas, and his youngest daughter, Macie Whitson, of Universal City, Texas. In addition, he is survived by his brother, Terry Whitson and Terry’s wife, Cynthia Whitson, both of Schertz, Texas. In addition, he is survived by numerous cousins nieces, nephews, and relatives.

Jerry was a strong Christian. He put on Christ in baptism at Corbett Church of Christ, United Kingdom in 1974. Having united himself with Christ early in life, he was blessed in his 30s to find his soul-mate and wife, Stephanie Lawrence. They were married in 1995, and their love never faded. For many years, he was a member of the Cornerstone Church, where he and his family were active. Recently, in view of his failing health, he moved to a church community closer to home, and he and his family joined the First Baptist Church in Universal City, Texas.

Jerry served Our Lord as a law enforcement officer throughout his adult years. He first served Our Lord as a park ranger in Arkansas. He applied to and was accepted by the San Antonio Police Department in 1986. He was a patrol officer, a training officer for many years at the Police Academy, and a Traffic Division officer assigned to motorcycles. There was no part of his job that Jerry did not love. He was example for Christ to his brother policemen and to those with whom he came into contact. He retired from the San Antonio Police Department in 2016, wanting to devote time to his fitness and fitness products business. Throughout his life, since the age of 14, Jerry was an avid fitness enthusiast and later on in life trained others in physical fitness. All of this he did to the Glory of God and for the good of his fellow human beings.

When Jerry was diagnosed with cancer, he referred to it as his “opportunity” to glorify God through the way he handled his illness. He did exactly what he set out to do. More than a few were brought to Christ or returned to Christ through his witness and that of his wife, Stephanie. The effects of his witness will continue long after his journey home.

For the past year, Jerry made memories with his wife and children, going places and doing things they had always wished to do but had been putting off. He squeezed every drop of life God granted him until his passing.

Jerry will be greatly missed by his family and his friends. We grieve not for him but for us, for we are better for having knowing him, yet we realize we will not see his contagious smile, his sharp sense of humor, and his genuine love this side of eternity.

Colonial Funeral Home, 625 Kitty Hawk, Universal City, Texas 78148, will undertake the funeral arrangements. Visitation will begin at 5:00 p.m.—8:00 p.m. on Friday, January 25, the funeral service will be held at First Baptist Church in Universal City, Texas, on Saturday, January 26, at 11:00 a.m., followed by internment at Rocky Creek Cemetery in Johnson City, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, monetary donations can be made directly to the family for distribution to the charities of Jerry's stated desires.

  • FAMILY

  • He was preceded in death by his father, Joe D. Whitson, Sr., his mother, Martha H. Whitson, and his brother, Joseph David Whitson, Jr., Ph.D. He is survived by his wife, Stephanie Lawrence Whitson, his eldest daughter, Shea Whitson of Memphis, TN, his son, Nathan Whitson, of Universal City, Texas, and his youngest daughter, Macie Whitson, of Universal City, Texas. In addition, he is survived by his brother, Terry Whitson and Terry’s wife, Cynthia Whitson, both of Schertz, Texas. In addition, he is survived by numerous cousins nieces, nephews, and relatives.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, January 25, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 26, 2019
  • Interment Saturday, January 26, 2019
REMEMBERING

Jerry Ray Whitson

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Lesly Fernandez

January 26, 2019

I met Jerry and Stephanie through Cornerstone Church. They started a fitness class at church and I was inspired to get healthy. They helped me get back on track with my nutrition and fitness. Praying for you Stephanie.

Paul Najarian

January 25, 2019

I didn’t know Jerry personally for very long, but when I did meet this smiling, vibrant man during many community functions, he made me feel as if I was a long time friend, and he loved to share his zest for life, family, and friends.
God bless Jerry!

Shawn Ceeko

January 24, 2019

Rest in peace Jerry, there was never a time when you didn't have a huge smile on your face and a positive attitude to share. How lucky I am to be able to have called you a friend and brother in blue.

David Alonzo

January 24, 2019

Gone from our sights but never from our heart. Jerry I will always remember our great times working together on traffic and the fun times we had working out in the gym. You are a great inspiration to all and I will truly miss your smile and humor. My heart goes out to your family during this difficult time. May you forever Rest In Peace and God Bless You Always.

Barney Whitson

January 24, 2019

Rest In Peace my brother. You were and always will be a shining example of what Christ desired a true believer in Christ to be. The strength and faithfulness you showed, even in the face of death is an inspiration to many and confirms, Jesus Christ, is indeed our Lord and Savior, to be revered and praised throughout this life and beyond. Rest my brother in blue, you have served and you are counted. I take great pleasure in saying you were a great friend and brother of mine. I know for sure that a part of my namesake is now sitting at the right hand of Christ. Please say hello to my parents. You’ll know them, they share our last name also.

TIM RUPP

January 24, 2019

You will be missed brother. Thanks for the friendship through the years, may God comfort Stephanie and your children. I look forward to being reunited in glory through the precious blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Joery Smittick

January 24, 2019

Rest In Peace Jerry. It was indeed any honor serving with you. Jesus please comfort the Whitson family.

RoxAnne Barrera Sarabia

January 24, 2019

Jerry, you lit up the gym with your enthusiasm and smile! You will always be remembered! Thanks for being a Hero For Health and inspiring others! May God, Glory and Grace be with all that loved and cared for you. Prayers and Love, Coach Sarabia and the students at Collins Garden

Lori Surgnier

January 23, 2019

Jerry was an inspiration for all of us. His center of gravity was his relationship with Jesus and it showed in how he lived his life and loved his family. I met Jerry and Stephanie through their health business and they were truly a dynamite couple. Thank you for your kindness, Jerry will be missed and I'm comforted in knowing he's home now with his Lord and Savior.

Jim Harrison

January 23, 2019

I feel very privileged to have know Jerry. He was always upbeat and positive.
He is a perfect example of Jesus Christs love for his fellow Man and will be missed.

When he found out My Son-in-law was going to be in the SAPD he was very supportive
and wished him the best.

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