Jerry Singletary passed away quietly at his home in The Woodlands on Wednesday, January 15, a victim of congestive heart failure. He was 80 years old. Jerry graduated from South Park HS in 1951, then from Lamar State College of Technology (now Lamar University) in the winter of 1956. He spent 42 years at manager level and above with titles ranging from Maintenance Manager and General Refinery Superintendent to President in the oil and gas processing business. In 2004 he took a retirement job as the first Woodlands Ambassador, a job he regarded as made in Heaven just for him and which he kept until he suffered a stroke in 2010. Jerry and his wife were well known locally as avid swing and zydeco dancers specializing in the hustle. He was always to be seen at the township's open air concerts, where he received the sobriquet of The Dancing Ambassador. Jerry Singletary is survived by his wife, Mary-Lynn (Kitty) Singletary; the couple's three children and their spouses, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. This year would have marked the couple's 60th wedding anniversary. At Jerry's wish, his body has been cremated. A memorial service will be held in the chapel of The Woodlands United Methodist Church, on Saturday, February 1st at 1 PM.
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Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Jan. 29, 2014