The Orange Leader
Chief Jerry W. Wimberley, 77, of Orange, passed away Thursday, June 27, 2013, at Baptist Hospital in Beaumont.
A Memorial Service will be 3:00 p.m. Sunday, June 30, 2013, at Claybar Funeral Home Chapel in Orange. Officiating will be Deacon Larry David, St. Anthony Cathedral in Beaumont. Serving as Honorary Pallbearers will be the fellow members of the Orange Fire Department and members of Sabine Neches Chief Association. Cremation will be held under the direction of Claybar Haven of Rest Crematory.
Visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, also at the funeral home.
Born in Vivian, Louisiana on February 20, 1936, Chief Jerry was the son of Charles Ellery Wimberley and Wilma Jean (Finley) Wimberley. Chief Jerry was an Orange resident since 1943, and retired from the Orange Fire Department as Fire Chief after 39 years of service. He was a lifetime member of the Madison Lodge 126 AF & AM and a member of the Sabine Neches Chief Association.
He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who cherished his family and his Orange Community friends. He was honored to serve his Orange Community and truly will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Virginia Grooms, Chief Jerry is survived by his wife, Ruby Wimberley of Orange; and sons and daughters-in-law, Mark and Dianna Wimberley, Jim and Suzy Wimberley, and Robby and Pam Wimberley, all of Orange.
Chief Jerry is also survived by his seven grandchildren, Jessica, Karaline, Jeremy, Sydney, Katelynn, Dalton and Grace; two great-grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, Claude and Pauline Wimberley of Orange; sister and brother-in-law, Charlene and Jack Jones of DeRidder, Louisiana; and sister, Barbara Reisinger of Tomball.
For those who wish, donations may be made to a charity of your choice in honor of Chief Jerry.