Jerry Lee Beverly, 54, passed on to be with his Lord on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, at Baptist Floyd Hospital after an illness.
Jerry was born in North Vernon, Ind., to parents Ralph and Meletha Beverly.
He lived in North Vernon until 2004 when he was admitted to the Blue River Services Supervised Group Living Program. He attended Blue River Industries Workshop, the Habilitation program, and also worked at Goodwill Industries. Jerry was well known to his community through not only his work, but his generosity of spirit. He initiated Blue River’s donations to the Big Warm Hug, a program which collected coats for the Home of the Innocents. Jerry annually supported the Angel Tree as well as the First Capital Christian Church Operation Christmas Child. He requested others make cards and gifts for a child with a life-threatening illness. Jerry was active in Special Olympics, attended church camp and Vacation Bible School. Jerry was blessed by his long-time membership at First Capital Christian Church in Corydon, working in the church daycare and participating in services, singing and prayer. In 2019, Jerry was featured as the Blue River success story at the residential in-service, and, in 2020, Jerry was nominated and won the Rauch Imagine Award, which honors individuals with disabilities who have excelled.
Jerry’s life was a gift which he shared with everyone. He loved working and helping others, but, most of all, Jerry loved God.
Jerry is preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Meletha Beverly.
He is survived by his brothers, Isaac Beverly of North Vernon and John Beverly of Debary, Fla.; sister, Tilda Spurgeon of Dayton, Tenn.; girlfriend, Tracy; and his Blue River family as well as many friends who loved him.
Visitation will be at First Capital Christian Church on Wednesday, Feb. 3, from 2 to 7 p.m. and on Thursday, Feb. 4, from 9 to 11 a.m. Following this visitation, a Celebration of Life service will be held at 11 at the church. Burial will be at the Vernon Cemetery in Vernon, Ind., on Feb. 4 at 3 p.m.
Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home and Cremation Service in North Vernon was entrusted with the care of these arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Blue River Services Inc. in memory of Jerry Beverly.