Jerry Christine Sanders Jarnagin, age 98, passed away on November 12, 2017 after a long beautiful life. Jerry was born April 25, 1919, in Panola County near Beckville to Jerry Miah Sanders and Sybil Pearl Wyatt Sanders. Funeral services will be conducted at Sullivan Funeral Home on Monday, November 20, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. Officiating will be Brother Donald Robinette. Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. on Sunday, November 19th at Sullivan Funeral Home. Graveside services will immediately follow the service at Colonial Gardens Cemetery.
Jerry grew up in Panola County where she graduated high school and completed a two-year business school program in Tyler, Texas. She fell in love with Marvin Jarnagin in June of 1940 on a dance floor in Shreveport, Louisiana. World War II kept them apart for over three years. They married on January 2, 1945, the day he returned from the war. They had two daughters, Jan in 1946 and Kathy in 1951. Marvin’s job as a sheet metal worker took them to Houston, Texas on July 4, 1954. They purchased their first home there and Jerry devoted her life to raising her girls after Marvin’s untimely death in 1957.
Most of Jerry’s career was spent at Allied Van Lines in Houston as an International Sales Manager. She was an active member of Garden Oaks Baptist church and member of a local service sorority that benefited Houston charities.
Jerry was preceded in death by her parents, Pearl and Jerry “Pete” Sanders; husband, Marvin Jarnagin; daughter, Jan Johnson; brothers, K.C. Sanders, Thurston Sanders, Herman Sanders, and Haskell Sanders; and sister, Dapha Grubb. She is survived by her daughter, Kathy Jarnagin Combs, and husband Kim Dirk Combs; granddaughter, Lana Brown Portolano and husband Joe; grandsons, Kyle Sanders Combs and Kendall Brandon Combs; great granddaughters, Alexandra, Tania, Svetlana, Natasha, Lena and Dasha; 12 great great grandchildren, sister, Joyce Lumpkin; and many loving nieces and nephews.
Serving as pallbearers will be: Kim Combs, Kyle Combs, Kendall Combs, Scott Lumpkin, David “Bear” Clanton, and Jimmy Jarnagin.
The family would like to thank: Sandra Barnes of Spring, Texas, for the loving care she gave “Miss Jerry” for the past six years.