Jerry Allen Julian, age 85 of Zavalla, TX passed away on November 06, 2019. He was born on April 26, 1934 in Dallas, TX to Fred Julian and Gladys Muntz Julian.
Growing up as one of 9 children, Jerry always has a strong sense of family. Strong willed and a perfectionist, Jerry was driven to do everything, “the right way”. Beginning his own machine shop, Jerry could always be best identified as a machinist at heart. When he took an interest in anything, he would always jump in with both feet and two hands. Passionate about both his personal faith in God and his dedication in helping his church family, Jerry was always available to help when needed. He used his considerable skill set and was instrumental in helping build the fellowship hall at his long-term church home, Johnson Missionary Baptist Church. Jerry was a man of many hobbies, not the least of which was his varied love of all music- from The Bee Gees and gospel music, all the way up to today’s up and coming Texas country band “William Clark Green”- a favorite band who Jerry would always say had some really good talent. All the hobbies and interests in the world could never compare to the love and devotion Jerry had to his wife Glenda. Jerry often remarked that “An old bear lives here with his honey” and those that knew the loving couple of almost 60 years best know that Glenda will always continue to be “Carrying Your Love With Me”. Jerry and Glenda met when he was just 25 and she 19; a mutual friend introduced them and often the young couple went on double dates. After a brief courtship of only 5 months the couple married November 24, 1959. Blessed with 5 children, Jerry and Glenda made their love and their family a clear priority. Jerry was a loving father and the best “Papa” to his ever-expanding family of grand-children, great grand-children, and even great-great grand-children. He was a compassionate and soft-hearted man that truly impacted the lives of all those around him for the better. He will be deeply missed.
Jerry is preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Gladys Julian; brothers, Tom Julian, Les Julian, Donald Raye Julian; and sister Frances Hauser. Left to honor his memory is his loving wife, Glenda Raye Julian; son, Donald Allen Julian and wife Cindy; daughters, Kelli Julian Fenley, Alana Garlington and husband Stephen, Linda Julian, Pam Busby and husband Curtis; sisters, Nanelle Siver, Mary Lee Zora, Edie Walker, and Evelyn Hollingshead; grandchildren, Paige Geis, Madisun Geis, Stevie Garlington, Tessa Garlington, Ralana Ball, Tisha Ptomey, Stephen Julian, James Lee Allen, Keith Julian, Derrick Jorgensen, Felicia Colburn, and Robert Colburn; and numerous great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
A visitation will be held for family and friends on Friday, November 15, 2019 at Johnson Missionary Baptist Church, 26534 US-69 Zavalla, TX 75980 from 5:00 pm to 6:00pm, a life honoring service will begin at 6:00 pm with Bro. Horn officiating. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 1:00 pm at Magnolia Park Cemetery in Dayton, TX to honor Jerry's final wishes to be laid to rest where he would be close to his beloved granddaughter's father Todd Geis.
In lieu of flowers the family request that donations be made in Jerry’s memory to the Johnson Missionary Baptist Church of Zavalla, TX.