Jerry Lance Geren, 73, a resident of Cleveland, passed away Tuesday, April 1, 2014, in a Chattanooga health care facility.
He was a member of Waterville Baptist Church. He was a member of the Cleveland Masonic Lodge and was a 32 degree Mason. He was a well-known painter and paper hanger in Bradley County for15 years.
He was the son of the late Grover C. “Shorty” and Juanita Mikel Geren. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Sandra Kay Burke.
He was happily married for more than 55 years to his wife, JoAnn Brewer Geren of Cleveland; he is also survived by his children: Gregory (Greg) Lynn Geren and wife, Gina, Michael D. Geren and wife, Virginia, all of Cleveland, Barry Lance Geren and wife, Shirley, of Ringgold, Ga., and Angie Geren Cox and husband, Stacey, of Cleveland; seven grandchildren: Brooke Linden and husband, Ryan, Tyler Geren, Lance Geren, Taylor Geren, Tanner Cox, Tucker Cox and Emma Cox; one great-grandchild, Preston Linden; sister, Patricia Ann Ensley and husband, Bill, of Cleveland; stepmother, Pauline Taylor Geren; brothers-in-law: Bill Burke of Cleveland, Jimmy Brewer and wife, Shirley, of Chattanooga and Jim Maynard of Cleveland; sisters-in-law: Brenda Wallace and Frank of Clarksville and Jane Chavis and husband, Chip, of Cleveland; and several nieces and nephews,
The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, April, 4, 2014, in the chapel of Ralph Buckner Funeral Home with the Rev. Allan Lovelace, pastor of Waterville Baptist Church, officiating.
Interment will follow in Hilcrest Memorial Gardens with Tyler Geren, Lance Geren, Tucker Cox, Tanner Cox, Jim Maynard, Jeff Bishop, Ralph Chase and Lawrence Matthews serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers are Danny Osment, Gilbert Geren, Frank Wallace and Jimmy Brewer.
A white dove release ceremony will conclude the service.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 this evening at the funeral home.
We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Geren family guest book at www.ralphbuckner.com