Jerry Ray Kittle

by Lynn McMillen
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Jerry Ray KittleJerry Ray Kittle, age 81, entered his home on June 8, 2024. Born in DeKalb County, Jerry found his lifelong home in Albertville, AL, where his presence became a cherished part of the community. A proud graduate of Albertville High School, Jerry showcased his talents in the prestigious marching band, where he played both the French horn and drums. His sense of duty led him to serve his country by enlisting in the National Guard after graduation.

In 1970, Jerry met the love of his life, Barbara, and their beautiful marriage blossomed for 53 wonderful years. Jerry’s devotion to his family and his community was evident as he embarked on a successful career in car sales. He spent many years traveling the US working different auto auctions as both an auctioneer and ring-man. When not working, he spent countless hours at the ball fields. Jerry coached hundreds of men over decades in softball. Jerry rededicated his life to Christ many years ago and strived to live his faith, sharing Jesus with many. Throughout the years he served in many different capacities at churches. He was also known for organizing many fundraisers and raising thousands of dollars to help various ministries.

Jerry’s greatest joy came from spending time with his beloved family, enjoying cars, Christmas lights, and cheering for Alabama and UAB football. Known for his remarkable ability to connect with people, Jerry never met a stranger. He had a gift for making friends wherever he went, often betting his family that he would encounter someone he knew on their travels—a bet he always won.

Jerry was very proud of his children and would often introduce them as ‘his favorite daughter and favorite son.’ Shani, (Drew), Wes, and his treasured grandchildren Trey, Kaiden, and Kaitlyn were his pride and joy. Jerry’s love for his family was boundless, and he expressed it often with hugs, phone calls, and affectionate nicknames. His children, son-in-law and grandchildren brought him immense strength, laughter, and joy, and he took great pleasure in hosting events, from festive Christmas light displays to vibrant July 4th celebrations. Jerry had a unique ability to gather people, and his warm, welcoming spirit made everyone feel like family.

Jerry is survived by his devoted wife, Barbara Kittle, his daughter, Shani, and her husband, Drew Whitmore; his son, Jerry Wesley Kittle; and his grandchildren, Trey Whitmore, Kaiden Kittle, and Kaitlyn Rose Franklin. His parents and all of his siblings preceded him in death, and he is now joyfully reunited with them at Heaven’s door.

A memorial service will be held at 12:00 pm on Saturday, June 15, 2024 at Lifepoint Church in Albertville. The family will receive friends before the service beginning at 10:00 am at the church.

Jerry Ray Kittle will be remembered as a loving husband, father, Pop-Pop, and friend. His legacy of love, laughter, and community spirit will live on in the hearts of all who knew him.

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