Our deepest sympathies go to Anita Dewease on the recent passing of her father-in-law, Jerrold Dewease.

Jerrold Goffron Dewease, age 80, of Houston Texas, passed away Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019. Born on Dec. 23, 1938, Jerrold was the first-born son to Elmer and Vera Dewease in Noxapater, Mississippi.

Jerrold graduated valedictorian from Christian Brothers College in Memphis, Tennessee, with a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering. He began his career at Allen Fossil Plant in Memphis, and was then promoted to superintendent of Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant in Athens, Alabama. A brilliant nuclear engineer, Jerrold moved his family to Chattanooga, Tennessee, to manage all 3 nuclear power plants for the Tennessee Valley Authority. In the early 1980s Jerrold transferred to Houston to oversee the construction of the South Texas Project Nuclear Plant for Houston Lighting and Power. He ended his outstanding career at Entergy in Jackson, Mississippi, as the vice president of the nuclear division. Jerrold and his wife Jessie moved back to the Clear Lake area to retire close to their children and grandchildren.

Above all, Jerrold will be remembered as a kind, giving gentleman who truly loved the Lord and his family, always putting family before self. A faithful believer and the family spiritual leader, Jerrold always gave a heartwarming speech and prayer at every family gathering. Jerrold boldly shared his faith, love and gratitude for the Lord with his words, his character and his walk with Jesus Christ. He gave back to his church and community serving as a long-time member of First Baptist Church Pasadena and Rotary of Space Center.

Jerrold is preceded in death by his loving parents. He leaves behind the love of his life, wife of 61 years, Jessie Mae; sister, Etora Dewease; and brother, Steve Dewease. He is also survived by his children, Jerry Dewease and wife Anita, Jeff Dewease and wife Cindy, Jason Dewease, and Jessica Tuttoilmondo, husband Mark. He was Pawpaw to grandchildren Andrew, Matthew, Brandon, Makayla, Sterling and Mark Jr.

Jerrold will be laid to rest in Louisville, Mississippi at Liberty Baptist Church where he attended church as a child, came to accept the Lord as his Savior and was baptized. There will be no local service. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in Jerrold Dewease’s name to the American Cancer Society.

Anita is the Comptroller for the college.