Jack Ray Weatherly, age 89 years and five months, went to be with the Lord, Nov. 7, 2012. He was born in Tyler on May 29,1923, to Sam and Clemmie Weatherly. He moved to Garrison where he worked the fields, cut trees for firewood and hired out to help support the fa mily in those days. Jack joined the Army in 1943 and fought in World War II. He was very proud of his country and his service to it and spoke of it often. He was a marksman with the B.A.R. rifle, received medals for marksmanship, good conduct, Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Victory. After the war, he married Lurline Hancock, a marriage that has lasted more than 67 years. They eventually moved to Houston where they spent the early part of their lives together and raised their children, Jackie and Mary. They moved back to Garrison in 1971, and Jack opened his own wielding business. Everyone who met Jack fell in love with his infectious personality and sense of humor. He would brighten every one's day with his jokes and his laughter. He had many friends and all who knew him were blessed to have him in their lives for so long. In his lifetime, him and Lurline created the loving environment for their children, as well as others that lived with them. Jack's life was centered around God, family and helping others. He was a man of his word and his handshake meant you could count on it. Jack was a member of Alamo Heights Baptist Church in Midland, VFW Post 3893 in Nacogdoches, American Legion in Nacogdoches, Masonic Lodge in Garrison, and has served as deacon at North Central Baptist-Houston, Cold Springs Baptist Garrison and FBC Garrison and a life time Purple Heart member. Jack Weatherly is survived by his wife of 67 plus years, Lurline Weatherly; daughter, Mary Weatherly Bridges and husband, the Rev. Bill J. Bridges; a foster daughter, Marcelle Moore; one grandson, Kris and wife Grace Bridges; two granddaughters, Brandie and husband Gary Carter, and Kristi and husband Billy-Bob Walker; five great-grandchildren; four sisters, Jewel Pirtle, Billie Jean Barnhart, Margaret Spivey and Betty Young; one brother, Bobby Weatherly; and a numerous nephews, nieces and cousins. Jack was preceded in death by his son Jack Ray Weatherly Jr.; three brothers and three sisters. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, at Garrison Funeral Home with the Rev Gerald Edwards officiating. Graveside services will be at 4 p.m. Earthman-Rest Heaven Cemetery on 1-45, Houston, with the Rev. Bill J. Bridges officiating. The family will receive friends and family from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, at Garrison Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to "The Master's Forge Ministry" at 309 CR 4850, Newark, Texas 76071. Garrison Funeral Home.
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Published in The Daily Sentinel on Nov. 9, 2012