Harry Jerrol "Jerry" Raymond
Harry Jerrol Raymond, 79, Florida Army National Guard retired Colonel, went to be with his Heavenly Father peacefully at home with his loving family surrounding him after an unexpected brief battle with cancer.
"Jerry", to his friends and family, was born in Sebring, Florida and moved with his Mom and Dad to Tallahassee when he was seven years old. He graduated with his beloved "Leon High School Class of 1951", old friends that are very close and have many fond memories and stories to tell.
After one year at Florida State University, he received an appointment to the Military Academy at West Point.He was also very close to his West Point class of 1956 as well. After graduation from West Point he served in the active Army for five years, after which he then returned to Tallahassee and worked for the State of Florida until entering law school at Florida State University. He graduated as a member of the charter class of 1969 and practiced law in Tallahassee.Jerry joined the Florida Army National Guard when he left the active Army and served the State of Florida until his retirement after 32 years combined in 1987. At that time he was assigned to the Adjutant General's staff in St. Augustine, Florida. He was proud of his service and very close to his old friends in the Guard.
After retirement he stayed busy enjoying his grandchildren; sitting on the front porch in Reston with his labs Molly and Taffy; and looking forward to tax season when he enjoyed working with friends at H&R Block.He had fun acting with the Tallahassee Little Theater, and, of course, he followed Florida State Baseball and attended all their home games.
He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Virginia Shepard Raymond; his three daughters, Jan, Robin, and Kim; and their mother Rosemarie Thomas; his daughter-in-law, Kelly Anna Raymond; grandchildren James and Jeffrey Pugh, and Claire, Rose, and Grace Balliro; and his family at "The Farm" in Alabama.
He is preceded in death by his father Harry H. Raymond and his mother Ouida Brandon Raymond.
Visitation will be at First Presbyterian Church in Tallahassee at 10:00 AM on Thursday, August 22 with the funeral service following at 11:00 AM. A private family interment is at Providence Methodist Church Cemetery in Chancellor, Alabama.In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to Big Bend Hospice at 1723 Mahan Center Blvd., Tallahassee, Florida, 32308.
The online guestbook may be signed at www.abbeyfh.com.
Published in Tallahassee Democrat on Aug. 21, 2013