John Wesley Gerald
The Reverend John Wesley Gerald, 91, of Brookhaven, MS, passed away December 21 at the age of 91. Visitation will be Friday, December 27, 2019, at Clear Creek Methodist Protestant Church, 9308 Janice Brooklyn Rd, Brooklyn, MS from 5-9 PM. The Funeral service will be at 11:00 AM Saturday at the church, with a viewing one hour before the service. Interment will be at the church cemetery.
Rev. Gerald is preceded in death by his wife- Helen (Howard) Gerald, his parents- Rev. Claude Frank Gerald and Rosa Holder Gerald, four brothers- Sam, Ben, Billy, and Gayle, one sister- Nell Robbins, and two grandchildren- Judd and Jacob Johnson.
He is survived by two brothers- Ralph (Nelda) and Paul (Carolyn), three sisters- Sue Williams, Sandra Price, and Darlene Dawson (LaDon), five children- Esther Drummond, Johnny Gerald (Carol), Howard Gerald (Exanna), Elizabeth McDowell (Robert), Steve Gerald (Kimberly), 11 grandchildren- Blake, Austin (Kimberly), Dalton, Erin, Zachary, and Delainey Gerald, Jeremy Johnson, Caleb Dykes, Travis Cooley, Morgan McDowell, Briann Hanley (Jesse), and three great-grandchildren- Kaylee and Patrick Johnson, and Thomas Esch.
Rev. Gerald was born March 28, 1928 in Greene County, MS, to Claude Frank and Rosa Holder Gerald, and was the first of eleven children. He first began to feel the Lordís call on his life at the tender age of five, and accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior soon after. He felt the Lord calling him to preach at an early age, and he began preaching at age 14. He was ordained as a minister at age 18, and faithfully preached the Gospel for over 75 years.
As a minister, Rev. Gerald pastored over a dozen churches within the Mississippi Methodist Protestant denomination during his lifetime, was the guest evangelist at several revivals, served as president of the Mississippi Methodist Protestant Conference for four years, went on several missions trips to Belize, taught Sunday school classes, led music, sang in quartets, ran a bus ministry, visited the sick, shut-ins, and prisoners, counseled and prayed with many in his church and community, and worked in several positions at Whitworth College in Brookhaven, MS until it closed. His two goals throughout his life were to serve the Lord with all his heart, and to minister to the needs of his church and the community.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Wesley Biblical Seminary, 1880 County Line Rd, Ridgeland, MS 39157.
Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.