Jerry Wayne Pleasant was born July 27, 1945 to Denver and Lawrence Pleasant in McAllen, Texas. Jerry was the youngest of four children. He received his formal education at McAllen School District graduating high school in 1964 from McAllen High School. Jerry continued his education receiving his Associate Degree in General Education from University of Texas Pan-American in 1966.
Jerry was baptized and accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and personal Savior at an early age. He carried the Love of Christ in his heart. Jerry moved to San Diego in the Early 70’s, where he became a faithful member of the Ark Missionary Baptist Church, under the leadership of his brother, the late Dr. H.L Pleasant, Sr. Jerry was a very active member at the Ark. He was in the choir, played the piano, and was an ordained Deacon. Jerry later moved his membership to Mt. Erie Baptist Church, under the leadership of Dr. Walter G. Wells, where he served as a deacon until the Lord called him home to glory.
Jerry served in United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam Era. He was a proud marine and would tell many stories of his experiences. Jerry was a smooth talker with the “Gift of Gab”, which helped him as a car salesman. Jerry worked for numerous dealerships, which granted him the priviledge of driving a new car all the time. In the late 80’s Jerry started working for the Dept. of Defense Public Works Division until his departure.
Jerry had a great passion for playing dominoes. He enjoyed playing with friends at the American Legion Post 310. Jerry won many domino tournaments and took pride in every trophy he won. Jerry enjoyed giving back to his community with his many years of coaching football. Jerry coached for Skyline Pop Warner, Valencia Park Pop Warner, and Lincoln High School.
Jerry greatest joy came from his children Jerry Pleasant, Jr. and Jonnetta Thomas. He had a great love for family. He was always there to support and encourage everyone in whatever they were involved in. We could count on uncle Jerry to be there.
The Lord called Jerry home to rest on March 6, 2019. Preceding him in rest were parents; Lawrence and Denver Pleasant; siblings Dr. Hollis Lee Pleasant, Sr., Horace Lee Pleasant, and Erma Jean Guyton.
Jerry leaves behind to cherish his memory; daughter Jonnetta Thomas; son Jerry Dewayne Pleasant, Jr.; grandchildren Na’la Bernard; and Ja”Ron Bernard; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and close friends.