SHELBY - Jerry Edgar Ivester, 72, died Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, at Cleveland Regional Medical Center. Born in Cleveland County on April 16, 1941, he was the son of the late Boyd Decatur and wife Shelley Ivester and Louella Horn Jones and husband J. Y. Jones.
Jerry was a lifelong member of Zion Baptist Church and served on several committees. He was a 32nd degree mason and was a member of Shelby Masonic Lodge #744 AF&AM, Scottish Rites Masonic Bodies of Charlotte, Oasis Shrine, Piedmont Shrine, and the Piedmont Pistons. He worked at PPG Industries in the Research Development department for 40 years before retiring.
Jerry was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was his grandchildren's biggest fan in their sporting events. Jerry was an avid golfer and enjoyed water sports, such as boating and skiing. He played on the church softball league and was an all-around sport fan. When he retired, he and his wife would go on camping trips and travel in their RV with their friends.
Jerry is survived by his wife of 52 years, Sonya Ivester; two daughters, Terri McSwain of Polkville, and Kim Blanton and husband Ronnie of Shelby; six grandchildren, Lauren Smart and husband Clint, Thomas McSwain, Megan Hoyle, Hayley Hoyle, Matthew Blanton and wife Laura, and Heather Blanton; two great-grandchildren, Addison Smart and Leeam Blanton; a sister and brother-in-law, Anne and Richard "Dickie" Whisnant of Polkville; several nieces and nephews; and his loyal companion, "Bear".
Visitation: The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home and Crematory.
Memorial service: 2 p.m. Sunday at Zion Baptist Church, with Masonic rites given by Shelby Masonic Lodge #744 AF&AM
Officiated by: Dr. Danny West
Burial: Will be Private and held at a later date.
Funeral home: Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family.
Memorials: May be made to Pulmonary Hypertension Association, 801 Roeder Road, Suite 1000, Silver Spring, MD 20910, or
, 222 South Church Street, Charlotte NC 28202 or Zion Baptist Church, 525 W. Zion Church Road, Shelby, NC 28150.
Guest registry: www.cecilmburtonfuneralhome.com