Jerry Ward Webb passed away peacefully in his Bolivar home Thursday, June 13, 2019.
He was born to the Rev. E.N. and Nora Webb on April 4, 1936, in Neosho.
He graduated from Sarcoxie High, then-Southwest Baptist College, then-Southwest Missouri State and New Orleans Seminary.
He married Paula Long of Bolivar in August 1960.
Jerry began his career teaching public school in choral music and band at Mansfield and West Plains. While teaching, he felt the call on his life to ministry.
Throughout college, he led music in worship at First Baptist Camdenton, Second Baptist Springfield and First Baptist Bolivar. While attending seminary, he served at First Baptist Kenner and First Calvary Baptist in New Orleans. He continued his ministry at Bell Avenue Baptist, Knoxville, Tennessee, St. John Baptist, St. Louis, Second Baptist, Liberty, First Baptist, Ringgold, Georgia, and First Baptist, Forsyth, Georgia, until his retirement from First Baptist, Calhoun, Georgia.
Jerry was an avid tennis player and played faithfully until his health prohibited it.
He loved singing with the Music Men in Missouri, Tennessee and Georgia.
He loved to travel and spend time with his children and grandchildren.
Jerry was preceded in death by his father, E.N. Webb; his mother, Nora Webb; his brothers and sisters Lucille Osborne, Norman Webb, Betty Martin, Beverly Webb and Kenton Webb.
He is survived by his wife, Paula Webb; his children, Pamela Webb, Rhonda Lewandowski and husband Mark, Rick Webb and wife Jennifer, and Jay Webb and wife Katherine. His grandchildren are Daniel Lewandowski and wife Nao, Sarah Lewandowski, Rebecca Lewandowski, Philip Lewandowski, Emma Jay, Elliott Jay, Apple Jane Jay, Agatha Webb, Mariah Duff, Andrew Duff, Elijah Webb Duff and Autumn Duff.
A celebration of life will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 22, at First Baptist Bolivar, with visitation preceding the service at 10. A short graveside service will follow at 2 p.m. at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, Springfield.
Donations for student mission trips at First Baptist Bolivar will be accepted in lieu of flowers. Online condolences may be made at greenlawnfuneralhome.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to Pitts Chapel, Bolivar.