Rev. Ben B. Gerald
Reverend Ben B. Gerald, 84, of Brooklyn, MS passed away on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 in Brooklyn, MS.
Visitation will be Thursday, July 19th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Clear Creek Methodist Protestant Church, 9310 Janice Brooklyn Rd., Brooklyn, MS.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, July 20, 2018 at Clear Creek Methodist Protestant Church with his son Reverend Ben B. Gerald, Jr. of Bedford, Texas, and grandson Reverend Michael Gerald of Fort Worth, Texas officiating. Burial will follow at Clear Creek Church Cemetery in Brooklyn, MS. Arrangements are by Hulett Winstead Funeral Home.
Ben was born in Leakesville, MS to C.F. and Rosa Gerald on October 9, 1933. He married Annette Meggs on October 16, 1959 in Kosciusko, MS. He attended Vennard College in University Park, Iowa. Reverend Gerald was ordained as a minister of the Methodist Protestant Church in 1957 and served pastorates in Alabama and Mississippi. He and his wife also served as missionaries in Belize, Central America. He served as the Executive Secretary for the Board of Missions and as General Conference President during his ministry. His ministry took him across the deep South, Australia, Africa, Korea, Haiti, Belize, England, Israel, and Jordan.
Ben was diagnosed with Parkinsonís disease in 1994, but even after this diagnosis for most of the years since he lived a full and satisfying life with his wife Annette enjoying his children and grandchildren, while continuing to serve the church which he loved.
Ben is preceded in death by his parents Reverend C.F. and Rosa Gerald, his sister Nell Robbins, and his brothers Gayle Gerald and Sam Gerald.
Ben is survived by his wife of 58 years, Annette Gerald, his four children Ben Bernie Gerald, Jr. and spouse Laurie of Bedford, Texas, Alton Wyatt Gerald and spouse Sherry of Mobile, Alabama, Clyde Mark Gerald and spouse Alison of Thomasville, Alabama, and his daughter Melissa Dawn Webb of Brooklyn, Mississippi, his three sisters Patricia Williams and Sandra Price of Brooklyn, and Darlene Dawson of Vicksburg, Mississippi and his four brothers Reverend John Gerald and Reverend Billy Gerald of Brookhaven, Mississippi, Reverend Ralph Gerald and Paul Gerald of Brooklyn, Mississippi, his twelve grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Chase Gerald, Hunter Webb, Ethan Gerald, Ben Gerald, Peyton Gerald, Bowie Cupit, Darby Cupit, and Tai Cupit, with Gideon Ben Gerald and Stash Wyatt Gerald as honorary pallbearers.