Jerry Lee Follrod, 80, of Mount Sterling, passed away on December 12, 2021, and is now at peace with the Lord.
Born May 5th, 1941, at White Cross Hospital to Clark and Mary Jean Follrod,
Jerry and his brother John (Lynn) Follrod were raised near Mount Sterling. Jerry attended The Plains High School where he fell for the love of his life and wife of 58 years, Phyllis (Woods) Follrod. They raised 3 children, Barb (Tim) Phillips, Tim Follrod, and Sandra (Rich) Bruton. A lifelong farmer, Jerry worked for 20 years at Hewitt Acres and 19 years at Orient Correctional managing farms there while at home he raised his own crop of 4H projects and a vegetable garden known far and wide.
Jerry could be found most summer days in a denim shirt, blue jeans and a bucket hat, turning the year's harvest into shelves of canned goods including jar after jar of his famous green beans. He always had a dog at his feet, most recently taking the truck for rides into town with Baxter, coming home with Wendy’s. He belonged to the Fielding Masonic Lodge and was a member of the London chapter, Order of the Eastern Star along with Phyllis.
He loved his family and his community, serving on the Madison Plains School Board and, after retirement, at the Madison County Food Pantry. He made sure to instill in his children and grandchildren the values of hard work and taking care of their neighbors. Each year, he would set aside the first and best fruits of the garden for the Newport Methodist Church where he washed dishes after the fall supper.
An avid fisherman, he loved bringing home a cooler full of walleye and never missed an opportunity for a fish sandwich. He was a tough but loving grandfather to Emily (Ian) Blanchard, Kyle Phillips, Dylan Follrod, Erin (Logan) Delk, Bailey Phillips, Owen Phillips, and Cole Bruton. He would share stories, life lessons, interesting articles and often a quiet handshake with a little cash. He was a cherished uncle, cousin, respected neighbor, and friend to many more. He worked hard, provided well, and was strong in his convictions.
He was well loved and will be sorely missed.
In lieu of flowers, please direct contributions to The Newport United Methodist Church at PO Box 701, London OH, 43140 or the Madison County Food Pantry at 137 Maple Street London OH 43140 or the Madison Health Foundation at 210 North Main Street London OH, 43140.
Visitation is on Saturday, December 18th 2021, at 11AM to 1PM at Newport United Methodist Church, 80 Center Street SE, London OH 43140. A service will be held following the visitation at 1PM.
The family is being served by the EBERLE-FISHER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 103 N. Main Street, London, where online condolences for the family may be sent to www.eberlefisherfuneralhome.com.