Jerry W. Burlison
Burlison, Jerry W. of Centerville, age 68, passed away on September 15, 2017 at St. Thomas West. He was born on June 11, 1949 at Aetna, TN. He is survived by his widow Ernestine Coleman Burlison, daughter Janeen Chadbourne (Chip), San Diego, son John Gregory (Sara), and grandsons Trent and Seth, Fairview.
He spent more than 40 years in the field of education as a teacher, coach, administrator and including two terms as Superintendent of the Hickman County School System. He was a member of the Centerville United Methodist Church for more than 50 years, and spent many years as a member of the Alumni Board and Trustee of Martin Methodist College where is a member of the Hall of Distinction. He was a long time Scottish Rite Mason, a member of the Knights of Pythias, a long time member of both the Lions Club and the Civitans. He served on the Boards of the Hickman County Education Foundation, the Senior Citizens Board and as a member of the Tennessee Education Association for many years. He was a TWRA Hunter's Safety Instructor for more than 40 years and a member of the all-volunteer Tennessee Defense Force. Most recently, he had served as a Hospice Volunteer for several years.
Visitation will be held at 3:00 - 7:00 PM on Sunday, September 17 at McDonald Funeral Home, Inc. in Centerville, with a Masonic Service, conducted by Ronald Coates, to follow at 7:00 PM. A second visitation will be held at 12:00 - 1:00 PM at the Centerville United Methodist Church on Monday, September 18. Funeral services will be conducted at the Centerville United Methodist Church at 1:00 PM on Monday, September 18. Conducting the services will be Rev. Eddie Smotherman, Bill McDonald, and William Grimes. Interment to follow in Memory Gardens. Arrangements by McDonald Funeral Home, Inc.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Hickman County Education Foundation's newly established scholarship in his memory to benefit lower income students at both high schools in the county. Please make checks payable to the Jerry W. Burlison Memorial Scholarship Fund. On behalf of the family, McDonald Funeral Home, Inc. will collect any checks made payable to the fund.
Published in Tennessean on Sep. 17, 2017.