Jerry Gant

Jerry Tillman Gant

Tuesday, February 4th, 1947 - Wednesday, January 8th, 2020
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Jerry Tillman Gant passed away Wednesday, January 8, 2020, at his home in Sardis, MS.

Jerry was born February 4, 1947, in Grenada, MS, to the late Fate McCormick Little and Joseph Tillman Gant, Jr. He was a dedicated member of the Sardis United Methodist Church where he served on numerous committees. Along with serving in the Mississippi Army National Guard, Jerry retired from BellSouth, and continued working in the telecommunications trade with MasTec for several years after retirement. In his spare time Jerry enjoyed hunting and fishing, and especially enjoyed sharing his outdoor hobbies with others. His greatest passion, though, was devoting his time to helping other people, and he excelled at this to a level of near professionalism. From mission trips throughout Central America and throughout several U.S. states, to fixing and building things for friends and strangers alike, Jerry took great pride in doing things for others. It was his own way of serving the Lord and making life better for everyone he came across who might need a hand.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Carla Lambert Gant of Sardis, a daughter, Jennifer Pardoe (Jason) of Oxford, a son, Jerry Tillman “Jay” Gant II of Sarasota, FL, a step-son, Alex Lambert of Sardis, one grandson, Marley Rivers Gant of Sarasota, FL, three sisters, Dorothy G. “Jo” Cox (Bill) of Southaven, Pat Jeppe (Ronnie) of Southaven, and Cynthia L. Rowsey (Dan) of Oxford, and numerous nieces and nephews. Along with his parents, Jerry was preceded in death by his father, Marvin “Dude” Little, and his wife, June Short Gant.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Sardis United Methodist Men's wheelchair ramp fund, the Sardis UMC Sister Shirley John (Many Farms UMC) Fund, or the Methodist Children's Home in Clinton, and we encourage everyone to continue Jerry’s passion for helping others every chance you get. A memorial service will be held at Sardis United Methodist 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 25, 2020. Visitation will be at the church at 10 a.m. proceeding the service. Ray-Nowell Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, January 25th, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Saturday, January 25th, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    Sardis United Methodist Church
    S. Main St.
    SARDIS, MS 38666
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Saturday, January 25th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Saturday, January 25th, 2020 11:00am
    Sardis United Methodist Church
    S. Main St.
    SARDIS, MS 38666
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Julia Grace Hays Walker

Posted at 01:25am
I truly have too many great memories of Mr. Jerry to pick a single one! Jennifer was one of my best childhood friends! Not sure how he & Ms. June kept up with us two girls! Ha! Each time I’d visit their home, Mr. Jerry would make sure their two LARGE dogs didn’t welcome me too forcefully! Remember Jennifer & I sitting with Mr. Jerry & Ms. June at their store when we’d get out of school, when they had the 4 J’s fish & tackle store on the corner of Main St. In Sardis! Mr. Jerry was always the most welcoming man! You never felt Unwelcome when in his company! I enjoyed that he liked conversing as much as I did & he was always comical! He was definitely one of my favorites of my friends parents! My last memory was when I took him a puppy for Jay! He was from a litter of pups my Lab had & Mr. Jerry looked at me & asked... Cute puppy! Now... What am I supposed to do with this puppy??? Lol... He already knew I was coming with the puppy, but loved picking on me! Lol... He gave me a hug, smiled big & promised he would make sure the puppy was delivered safely to Jay in Sarasota, Fl.! Mr. Jerry was a one and only & he loved his family so unconditionally!!! Very devoted husband and father!! He will be greatly missed! Much love to you both, Jay & Jennifer!! I’m here for you both, should you need anything or just would like to talk! ❤️

~ Julia Grace Hays Walker

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