Jerry D. Oxendine, 66, Jonesborough, died Wednesday, July 20, 2011, at the James H. Quillen Veterans Affairs Medical Center following a lengthy illness.
Jerry was a native of Johnson City and a son of the late George and Mary Vaughn Oxendine.
He was a graduate of Happy Valley High School.
Jerry was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving from 1964-68 on the USS Forrestal, USS Kennedy and USS Shangrila. He then served in the Tennessee Army National Guard and the Kentucky Army National Guard before re-enlisting in the U.S. Army, where he served in Operation Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia from 1990-91.
Jerry was a retired truck driver, working for several furniture moving companies, including Global Van Lines, North American Van Lines, Atlas Van Lines and Mayflower Van Lines. He was a former employee of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Mountain Home, TN, and retired from the Engineering Department of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Lexington, KY.
Jerry was a Baptist, a lifetime member of the D.A.V. , and a member of the Johnson City V.F.W. Post #2108.
He enjoyed camping, going to NASCAR races at Bristol, and was an avid U.T. fan.
In addition to his parents, Jerry was preceded in death by two brothers, Rocky and Wayne Oxendine; and one sister, Kathy Jo Oxendine.
He is survived by his wife, Karen Henes Oxendine; three children, Kevin Oxendine, Elizabethton, Annie Oxendine, Jonesborough, and Billy Oxendine, Johnson City; two step-children, Tom Long and wife, Kristen, Spartanburg, SC, and Amy Reagan and husband, Greg, Gray; five grandchildren, Jessica Oxendine, Austin Oxendine, Jacob Mitchell, Caleb Reagan and Logan Reagan; two brothers, Winston Oxendine and wife, Brenda, Richard Oxendine and wife, Charlotte, all of Johnson City; two sisters, Patsy Lee and husband, Gary, Kissimmee, FL, and Lynn Farrell, Indian Harbor Beach, FL; several nieces and nephews.
The graveside funeral service will be held Monday, July 25, 2011, at 2:00 P.M. in Mountain Home National Cemetery with Dr. Wayne Emery, Minister, and Ken Henes, Minister, officiating. Military honors will be accorded by the Tennessee Army National Guard Funeral Honors Team, with military escort provided by Rolling Thunder.
The family will receive friends prior to the service from 12:00-1:30 P.M. in the East Parlor of Appalachian Funeral Home.
Those who prefer to make memorial contributions may do so to the Lone Oak Christian Church Building Fund, 1914 Lone Oak Rd., Johnson City, TN 37604; or Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607.
Memories and condolences may be shared at www.appfh.net.
Appalachian Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 800 E. Watauga Ave., Johnson City, is serving the Oxendine family. 928-6111