Jerry M. Wilson, 78, of Brasstown, passed away Tuesday, April 19, 2016, at his residence.
He was a native and lifetime resident of Cherokee County.
He served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a member of New Martins Creek Baptist Church. He served as both a deacon and Sunday School teacher for more than 40 years.
He coached Little League for more than 20 years.
Jerry was a singer and songwriter of gospel music, and he passed on his love of music to his family.
He was the son of the late the Rev. Wade Earl and Edna Marie Elliott Wilson.
Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Evelyn L. Wilson; a daughter, Tipper Pressley and husband Matt of Brasstown; two sons, Steve Wilson and wife Kim, and Paul Wilson, all of Brasstown; a sister, Carrie Burke and husband Jerry of Canton; two brothers, Rev. Billy Ray Wilson and wife Darlene, and Henry Wade Wilson and wife Brenda, all of Brasstown; five grandchildren, Benjamin Wilson and wife Rachel, Mark Wilson, April Wilson, Katie Pressley and Corie Pressley; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 21, in New Martins Creek Baptist Church with the Revs. Hoyt Brown and Paul Ray Morgan officiating. The interment will be in the church cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by the Murphy American Legion Post 96, VFW Post 10222, Hayesville VFW Post 6812 (Allison-Bristol), American Legion Post 532, Marine Corps League Cherokee Detachment 1011 and the Marine Corps Honor Guard. Pallbearers will be Benjamin, Mark and Darren Wilson, Matt Pressley, Curry Penland and Jeff Cook. Honorary pallbearers will be Travis Chastain, Brian Wilson and deacons of New Martins Creek Baptist Church.
The family will receive friends from noon-2:45 p.m. Thursday, April 21, at New Martins Creek Baptist Church prior to the services.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in memory of Jerry M. Wilson to John C. Campbell Folk School Music Scholarship Fund, 1 Folk School Road, Brasstown, NC 28902.
Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy, is in charge of all arrangements.
An online guest register is available at www.iviefuneralhomeinc.com.