Jerry Sayles (June 21, 1950 - March 11, 2024)

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Jerry Sayles
  • June 21, 1950
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  • March 11, 2024

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Jerry Don Sayles, otherwise lovingly known as Pops, passed away March 11, 2024 in Orlando, Florida, at the age of 73, after courageously battling cancer, surrounded by his loving family.

Jerry was born in Lubbock, Texas to Charles and Bertha Sayles. He was the baby of eleven brothers and sisters. He attended Coronado High School and upon graduation, went on to serve his country in the United States Air Force. After the Air Force, Jerry followed his brothers’ footsteps as a plumber, and later earned his Master Plumbing License from the State of Texas. He owned Sayles Plumbing in Lubbock, Texas. In 1992 Jerry and family moved to Titusville, Florida where he continued his career in Plumbing and Barbara began hers as a Presbyterian Church Educator. In 2008, Jerry and Barbara moved to Orlando to be closer to their jobs.

Jerry enjoyed a full life, annual trips to the Davis Mountains with his deer-hunting club, playing golf & racquetball with his brothers, and was part owner of thoroughbreds for a number of years. Family road trips to the Ballpark in Arlington, the mountains in Ruidoso, N.M. where his kids learned to ski, or any given surprise adventure were a staple in the Sayles household. He was his kids’ biggest cheerleader at their various football & baseball games and track meets, taught his boys to hunt when they were old enough, coached his daughter’s softball and basketball teams, often leading them to the championship. He loved laughing & playing & making up silly games with his family. He taught his kids to push their limits in their work, sports, and adventures, and the value of good work ethic through his own example. He was a tough but fair father, and his kids remember his rough hands as a sign of his hard work, and his willingness to work overtime as a coach and dad.

After Jerry retired, he could be seen volunteering with his wife Barbara at farms & groves all over Florida, gleaning various vegetables and fruit, or packing up after an SEPC Produce Expo and helping distribute the nutritious food to people struggling with hunger, something very dear to his heart. Some of Jerry’s favorite things were the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers, ice cream, real Tex-Mex, Texas BBQ, driving the Blue Ridge Parkway, relaxing on the beaches of the Emerald Coast, and doting on his grandkids, attending their concerts and sporting events.

Of Jerry’s many titles -husband, dad, coach, craftsman, his favorite title was Pops to his 8 grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, Barbara of 49 years, his three children, Robby (wife-Jennifer), Mandy (husband-David), and Cory (wife-Tara); his eight grandchildren- Madison, Justin (wife-Marisol), Ellie, Keahna, Caleb, Micah, Wyatt and Grayson, 3 sisters and many nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life is to be held at Long & Scott Farm in Mt Dora, Fl at 11am on April 6, 2024. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to The Paul Anderson Youth Home in Vidalia, Georgia. This charity was close to Jerry’s heart.

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  1. Sandy Hill says:
    01 Apr 2024
    Barbara, my heart and prayers are being lifted for you. I pray that our Lord Jesus, who supplies all we need, will touch you deeply with his peace, passion, presence, grace and love. I’ll miss the service, but hope that it will fill you with hope, memories & meaning. God bless you real good. Love, Sandy Hill

  2. Chris Kirwan lit a candle:
    26 Mar 2024
    Lit since March 26, 2024 at 3:25:49 AM

  3. Linda Simmons says:
    26 Mar 2024
    Barbara and family, my heart is heavy as I see all the love in your family for Jerry. May God pour out Texas-sized comfort and love on you!!

  4. Betty Dennis lit a candle:
    25 Mar 2024
    Lit since March 25, 2024 at 3:33:06 PM

  5. Dan & Sharon Williams lit a candle:
    23 Mar 2024
    Lit since March 23, 2024 at 3:20:11 PM

  6. Kenneth Cope lit a candle:
    23 Mar 2024
    Lit since March 23, 2024 at 3:28:30 PM

  7. Barbara Sayles posted an image:
    23 Mar 2024
    Anniversary dinner
    Anniversary dinner

  8. Barbara Sayles posted an image:
    23 Mar 2024
    With our 3 kids
    With our 3 kids

  9. Barbara Sayles says:
    23 Mar 2024
    Our road trips were the best! Driving the Blue Ridge Parkway from start to finish and taking the little side roads to explore the little hidden towns. Trips to DC fed his love for history and he enjoyed taking our oldest grandchildren with is for their 14th bday. We loved watching our Texas Rangers and when they won the World Series it completed him, he must have watched that last game a dozen times! I will miss our road trips, our shopping trips (yes he loved shopping with me!), our silent moments reading or watching tv together,. I miss all of you already and I will love you forever. ❤️

  10. Sue and Chris Rudolph lit a candle:
    22 Mar 2024
    Lit since March 22, 2024 at 3:15:17 PM

  11. Mandy posted an image:
    22 Mar 2024
    Biggest Texas Ranger fan!<br />
Miss you daddy!!
    Biggest Texas Ranger fan!
    Miss you daddy!!

  12. Faye Westfall says:
    22 Mar 2024
    I miss “My Buddy”

  13. Faye Westfall lit a candle:
    22 Mar 2024
    Lit since March 22, 2024 at 3:05:46 PM

  14. Kenne Sparks lit a candle:
    22 Mar 2024
    Lit since March 22, 2024 at 3:58:51 PM

  15. Lisa McMillon says:
    22 Mar 2024
    Jerry Don was my uncle and I loved him very much. We all did. We will continue to love Barbara, their kids, and grandkids through this painful time.

  16. Kenne Sparks says:
    22 Mar 2024
    Our deepest sympathy from the Sparks family.

  17. Cory posted an image:
    22 Mar 2024
    Robby and Pops
    Robby and Pops

  18. cory posted an image:
    22 Mar 2024
    Family Photo
    Family Photo

  19. Donna bryant garcia says:
    14 Mar 2024
    I love you .

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