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SISK, GERALD D. JR. (JERRY) - age 59, of Farragut passed away suddenly Sunday morning, January 13, 2013, at his home. Jerry was co-founder of Jewelry Television and a world renowned Graduate Gemologist. He was originally from New York and New Jersey. Jerry graduated from the University of Tennessee where he was a member of the Pride of the Southland Band. After graduation, Jerry called Tennessee his home. He was an avid reader and he loved languages, cooking, and being surrounded by his friends and family. He loved music and actively supported the arts. Jerry was a past president of the Knoxville Opera Company and a former board member of the Knoxville Symphony. He was a former member of the West Knox and Farragut Rotary Clubs, as well as a Paul Harris Fellow. He was preceded in death by his father, Gerald D. Sisk Sr. Jerry is survived by his wife of 37 years, Karen Lawhorn Sisk; mother, Elaine Sisk of Farragut; siste,r Melanie Fitzgerald and husband, Michael of Pikeville, KY; nephews, Michael, Aaron and Robert Edwards; brothers-in-law, Eugene Prater and wife, Carol, Tom Prater and wife, Kathy; sister-in-law, Nell McKelvey; special friends, Larry and Valerie May and their children, Tiffany, Travis and Tori, Joe and Margaret Butt and their children, Shandra and Andrea; and numerous extended family. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 6:45 p.m. on Wednesday at Cokesbury United Methodist Church 9908 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN with a Celebration of Life to follow at 7:00 p.m. with Rev. Paul Cowell officiating. Family and friends will gather at 10:45 a.m. on Thursday at Concord Masonic Cemetery with graveside services to follow at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Knoxville Opera Company, Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike is serving the family.

Published in Knoxville News Sentinel from Jan. 14 to Jan. 16, 2013.
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