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John and Gerry Longworth

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John and Gerry Longworth Obituary
John and Gerry Longworth

Collierville, TN.

John and Gerry Longworth of Collierville, TN, went to be with their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Wednesday, October 4, 2017, which was one day after Gerry's 75th birthday. They were married 54 years and were inseparable in both life and death. Their commitment to the Lord, to one another, and to their family inspired many.

John E. Longworth was born March 22, 1942, in Corbin, KY. He married Gearldine "Gerry" Reid on April 6, 1963. John joined the United States Navy at the age of 17 and proudly served his country for thirty years. He rose through the ranks and retired in 1989 having achieved the rank of Command Master Chief Petty Officer. After retiring from the Navy, John worked briefly as an air traffic controller at Memphis International Airport before serving as a civilian in the Navy Personnel command for 25 years. In all, he spent 55 years in service to his country.

John is preceded in death by his parents John W. Longworth and Rebecca Eva Faulkner and his siblings Edith Longworth, Robert Longworth, Charles Longworth, James Longworth, Roy Longworth, Betty Longworth, Virginia Longworth, and Jacqulene Longworth.

Gearldine "Gerry" Reid Longworth was born October 3,1942, in Corbin, KY. Gerry was a supportive military spouse who traveled all over the nation as John served our country. She was a working mother whose career outside the home was at the Navy Exchange and more recently at Regions Mortgage. Upon retirement, she enjoyed spending time with her husband, her son and his wife, and her grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents James Pearl Reid and Rachel Marie Reid. Gerry is survived by her brothers Sonny Reid (Violet), Wayne Reid (Pat), Bruce Reid (Wanda), Joe Reid (Connie), Bob Reid, Carl Reid, and her sisters Donna Lindy, Debbie Moore (Ken), Mary Lou Reid, and Charlotte Grubb (Junior).

Both John and Gerry are survived by their son John E. Longworth, Jr. (Sandra) and by their grandchildren Mark Longworth and Katie Pratt (Alex), as well as many nieces and nephews. They were active members of Germantown Baptist Church. Family and friends take great comfort in knowing that the Longworths' eternity is secure because of their faith in Jesus Christ and the power of His resurrection.
Published in The Commercial Appeal on Oct. 8, 2017
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