a celebration of the life of
John Jerry Daniels
December 21, 1929 – March 9, 2012
John Jerry Daniels was born December 21, 1929, in Peacock, Texas, at the beginning of the Great Depression. "Judd," as the family called him, was the fourth of David Floyd and Dewey Daniels' five children. The
family farmed in Peacock, but later moved to Jayton and Spur, Texas, where John attended school. The
Daniels finally settled in Lubbock, not too far from Spur, just before the end of Judd's senior year.
A handsome guy, Judd always had a playful, mischievous streak which occasionally showed via a twinkle in his piercing blue eyes. He loved to tease people and give them a hard time. He also loved hunting and fishing. In fact, he loved hunting so much that when he received a pacemaker in his later years, he had them place it on his right side so he could shoot left-handed easily.
In the early 50's, Lubbock's Hi-D-Ho Drive-In was the place to be. It was there that Judd, who had begun using his middle name, met Patricia Haynes. The two hit it off and married on August 4, 1953. Jerry was 23; Patsy was 19.
In Lubbock, Jerry joined the National Guard, eventually becoming a Master Sergeant. He served from 1955-57.
The couple lived in Lubbock for a time, but eventually moved to nearby Amarillo in 1957 for his job with Furr's Supermarkets. Since there were already several Jerrys working at the Amarillo location, Jerry was soon dubbed "Jake." Over the years, he was fondly known by a number of names: Judd, Juddie, Uncle Judd, Jerry,
Big Jerr, Jake, or in his later years, John.
After 23 years with Furr's in various positions, Jerry took a leap of faith and decided to join the merging Skaggs Drug Centers and Albertson's grocery store chains. Skaggs-Albertson's opened store #4101, their first
venture nationally, in Amarillo at 45th and Western Streets. Jerry was there as part of the stock crew, but his skills were soon noticed; he moved up the ladder quickly. After a move to Ft. Worth as an Assistant
Grocery Manager, he was transferred back to Amarillo as a Grocery Manager. Eventually, he became the Store Director for a couple of Amarillo locations.
In the early 80's, Jerry and Pat decided to try a new venture. They operated their own restaurant, Barnaby's Beanery, a popular diner on Amarillo's Sixth Street.
Although their marriage eventually ended in 1985, three very good things came from it – sons Dan Anthony, Jon Kirk, and Joel Brent. One of the most difficult things Jerry ever had to deal with was the loss of Kirk at age 22 months from a sudden, unexpected illness.
Jerry loved his sons very much and, having missed out on graduating from high school himself due to his family's move, always stressed the value of a good education and hard work. College was not an option – it was something you did while holding a job. He encouraged his sons to pursue jobs as soon as they were able.
In 1989, Jerry moved to Lewisville, Texas, to be near his sons. At that time, he began introducing himself to new friends as John. While visiting a local church, he met Maxine Duke, a wonderful woman he later married. He and Maxine were married for almost 19 years, spending that time together locally in The Colony, then in East Texas (Henderson) after her retirement.
Maxine passed away, and Jerry moved to Pinewood Hills retirement home in Flower Mound to be near his sons once again. Jerry loved Pinewood and the friends he made there, but eventually was unable to live alone dealing with congestive heart failure and its side effects. He spent the last seven months of his life in the wonderful care of Abundant Blessings Care Home in Lantana, Texas.
As an active member of Paramount Terrace Christian Church in Amarillo, Jerry had come to know the value of Christianity. On Friday, March 9, just after 4 p.m., he passed away peacefully to meet his Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
John Jerry is survived by his sons Dan (Tulsa, OK) and Brent (Lewisville, TX) and their wives, Linda and Tracy, five grandchildren – Allison, Austin, Colton, Kate, and Cooper – and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family suggests memorials go to Cal Farley's Boys' Ranch (calfarley.org) near Amarillo.