Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Obituaries

February 4, 2013

Jerry Passmore Sr.

CROSSVILLE — March 13, 1925—Dec. 30, 2012

Jerry O'Leary Passmore Sr., 87, of Crossville and formerly of Dallas, TX, passed away peacefully Dec. 30, 2012, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center in Cookeville. Funeral services were held Jan. 9 at Franklin Funeral Home in Floresville, TX. Interment followed in the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio.

Jerry was born March 13, 1925, in Dallas. He grew up in Dallas, where he went to school until 1938 when he was transferred to San Marcos Military Academy. There he began his passion in photography. He returned to Dallas in 1939 to attend Crozier Technical High School, but never graduated due to his enlistment in the U.S. Army in June 1943 at the age of 18. He was assigned to Company I, 411th Infantry, 103rd Division to Europe during World War II. He was wounded in action Nov. 20, 1944, and awarded the Purple Heart by Col. Yeuell at the 36th General Hospital in France. He received an honorary discharge from  the Army Aug. 26, 1945.

Jerry was married to Bernice M. (Taylor) Passmore Feb. 25, 1951; they were married 61 years.

Jerry worked as a projectionist and stage hand for Local 249 and 127, respectively. He and Bernice retired and moved to their dream home in Crossville in August 1991.

He enjoyed repairing old clocks and making various things for friends and family out of wood. Before retiring, he was also actively involved in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts as a Cubmaster and Scoutmaster, respectively. He was a beekeeper and a member of the Dallas Metropolitan Masonic Lodge No. 1182 AF&AM.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Elathea Richardson Passmore and Frederick Allen Passmore Sr., formerly of Dallas; his brother, Fred Passmore Jr., formerly of Dallas; his sisters, Frances Passmore Nass, formerly of Fort Worth, and Mary Ann Passmore Pollock Wessels, formerly of Brammerton, WA; and his grandson, William "Randy" Huffer of Kokomo, IN.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Bernice Passmore; his four children, Judith Ann Passmore Huffer and husband, Richard, Jerry O'Leary Passmore Jr., and wife, JoAnn, Thomas Eugene Passmore and wife, Cynthia, and Mary Ellen McGlaun and husband, Mark; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142; or Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, 2222 Wellborn St., Dallas, TX 75219.

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