Jerry Garland Stroo

Jerry Garland Stroo, 60, of  Ellisville celebrated his birthday in Heaven Wednesday, July 12, 2017, after a lengthy illness at Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg. He was born Friday, July 12, 1957, in Hattiesburg.

Visitation will be Friday from 5-8 p.m., at Ellisville Funeral Home. The funeral will be Saturday at 10:30 a.m., at Ellisville Funeral Home. Burial will follow in County Line Baptist Church Cemetery in Ovett. Brother Johnny Bryant, Rev. Macon Phillips and Rev. Bryan Williamson will officiate. Ellisville Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Jerry was a loving-caring husband and father. He was a man with a big giving heart. He loved his savior and lord Jesus Christ more than anything. He was a dedicated servant all the way to the end. He served as pastor of New Hope Baptist Church of Ellisville for seven years and was employed at Greers Food Tiger and Cashsaver for 14 years. At both places, the church and the store, the people became his extended family. At the store, he became an adopted father to many. He always had an ear to listen to both employees and our customers when they needed someone to talk to.

You could say he practiced our store vision to the very end. He brought “added joy and value to many peoples lives.” He went to be with his savior on his 60th birthday — he got his birthday wish. He was loved by many and will be greatly missed by all, especially that great big smile!

He was preceded in death by his parents John and Lettie Stroo; and aunt Aileen Wade.

Survivors include his wife Pam Stroo of Ellisville; son, T.J. Stroo (LaSha) of Ellisville; adopted daughter Crystal Bond (Benjamin) of Long Beach; adopted grandchild Jackson Bond of Long Beach; brother Bobby Stroo (Patti) of Laurel, MS; special in-laws Tommy and Bobbie Taylor of Ellisville; a host of nieces, nephews, friends and family from multiple churches.

Pallbearers will be Casey Stroo, Devon Shepherd, Perry Morris, Mason Morris, Glen Robertson, Shane Poole and Matthew Eavanson.

Junior pallbearers will be Jacob Taylor and Patrick Taylor.

Honorary pallbearers will be the Men of New Hope Baptist Church.

An online guestbook may be signed at www.ellisvillefuneralhome.com.