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Gerald “Jerry” Smith, 69

Gerald “Jerry” Edward Smith, 69, of Green Cove Springs, FL passed away Saturday, August 10, 2019.  Jerry was born in Pueblo, Colorado but called Green Cove Springs, FL home for over 20 years where he served as General Sales Manager at Garber Auto Mall.  Jerry served his country in the United States Navy and remained a proud American and true patriot since his honorable discharge in 1970.  He enjoyed mentoring those he saw potential in and was a loyal friend to many he truly considered family.  Jerry loved his Golden Retriever “Luna”, music, classic cars, the mountains, hunting and fishing, and spending time with his family and friends.  Most of all, he loved his daughter, son-in-law and grandsons…they meant the world to him.  He will always be remembered as “Waka” to his grandsons, a name they chose for him early in their lives.

Jerry is survived by his daughter, Jessica “Jessi” (Mark “Tony”) Adams; two grandsons, Austin Adams and Dylan Adams; three sisters, Betty Jean Smith, Gladys Cardinal, and Kathy Panariso.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Smith and Gladys Smith; and two brothers, Robert Smith and James Smith.

A Celebration of Life will be held Friday, August 30, 2019 at 11am in the chapel at Russell Haven of Rest with Todd Brandt officiating.  Visitation with the family will be one hour prior to the service at 10am.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jerry’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, or Community Hospice,

Arrangements are under the care of Russell Haven of Rest Cemetery, Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 2335 Sandridge Road, Green Cove Springs, FL  32043.  Family and friends may share their condolences at: 904-284-7720

  • Joe Riley

    Jerry will be missed by many people. His goofy smile and friendly greetings every day made my mornings wonderful. Jerry most certiantly made me want to be a better person and was a great mentor. Thank you Jerry for being a real MAN.
    I will never forget the impact you made on my life!