Jerry Gale Prestridge, age 80 of Nauvoo, passed away on Monday, November 27, 2023 at his residence.
He was a graduate of Winston County High School. He attended BYU briefly prior to serving a two year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Montana Mission. Upon completion of his mission, he returned to school at Walker College and the University of Alabama until he began a coal mining career at Mulga Coal Mine. During an interruption in employment in the coal mine industry, he obtained a degree and became a licensed practical nurse. Jerry returned to the coal mines where he retired from Jim Walter No. 7.
Jerry loved the Lord his whole life and was an obedient servant to the end. He was well known for gardening and selling his crops at the farmer’s market, however, he was best known for generously giving his food away. Jerry embodied Christ’s love and strived to spread it to everyone he met. He will truly be missed by his family and friends.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, November 30, 2023 at 9:00 a.m. at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, funeral services will follow at 10:00 a.m. Burial will be at Walker Memory Gardens. Joe Holly and Jamie Stanger will officiate.
Mr. Prestridge was preceded in death by his Parents-Rosa Clara Prestridge and Jessie William Prestridge; Son-Jared Marcus Prestridge; Brother-James A. Prestridge; Sister-Joy Jeanene Prestridge Moore.
He is survived by his Wife of 58 years-Helen Marie Allison Prestridge; Daughter-Amy Prestridge Long (Andrew); Daughter-in-law-Jessica Wade Prestridge Pate (Jeremy); Special loved one-Jill Ann Lyle; Grandchildren-Joseph Andrew “Drew” Long, II, Ashten Reid Long, Mason Wade Prestridge, Clara Marie Prestridge and Charlee Mae Prestridge; Sister-Betty Jo Prestridge Holly (Forest); Host of beloved nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Andrew Long, Ashten Long, Mason Prestridge, Lacy Allison, Roger Alexander, Rick Fernandez and Jamie Stanger.
Honorary Pallbearers will be UMWA Local 2397, District 20 and members of the Walker County Farmer’s Market.