Gerald W. Yarbrough

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YARBROUGH, Gerald W. was born in Flint, MI on Nov. 25, 1927. He proudly served in the United States Navy in WWII on both the USS Alabama and the USS Massachusetts. Jerry was awarded the American Theatre Ribbon, Victory Ribbon WWII medal by the Navy. He attended Michigan State University and was married for 62 years. Jerry retired as a Vice President of Campbell Ewald, an international advertising firm. He loved his family and loved to laugh and tell stories. He loved the old movies and the people who made them. Fly fishing with his sons and friends on the Ausable River in Michigan brought him great joy. Jerry and his wife trained to be professional clowns known as Yoyo and Topsy. Connie and Jerry formed their own Alley called the Uptown Clowns and were the creators of Florida Clown Day in Largo. Jerry (Yoyo) and Connie (Topsy) ran their own clown school for 15 years and trained hundreds of people to be professional clowns in the art of face painting, bafoonery and magic. Gerald Yarbrough is survived by his loving wife, Ruby Constance (Connie) Yarbrough, his six children, 12 grandchildren and 8 great-grand children. A memorial service was held Nov. 30, 2012.

Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Dec. 6, 2012