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Jerry Lee Folsom was born Aug. 13, 1940, in Ringling, Okla., and passed away May 17, 2012, at his home in Rockwall.
Jerry was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He married the love of his life, Jacqueline Phillips, in 1960 in Phoenix, Ariz. He joined the Navy at an early age serving his country for 21 years and receiving numerous promotions, awards, and medals retiring in Hawaii in 1977. After his Navy service Jerry graduated from Linda Vista Bible College and Seminary with a bachelor of arts, Chaminade College of Honolulu with a bachelor of general studies and New Mexico State University with his master of arts in 1980. Jerry served the Lord as a minister for more than 20 years at various churches in New Mexico, Arizona, California and Oklahoma.
After retiring from the ministry Jerry obtained his teaching certificate from South Western College in 1995 and worked as a teacher from 1995-2004 in Lawton, Okla. He was recognized as Teacher of the Year and received various other awards of excellency. After moving to Rockwall Jerry continued his teaching career five more years as a substitute teacher in the Rockwall ISD.
Jerry enjoyed golf and was an avid Oklahoma Sooner fan attending home games for the past 20 years until his health prevented him from doing so. As a minister Jerry had the privilege of performing the marriage ceremonies of his children and the baptism of his granddaughter. He also enjoyed endless games of Skipbo and Train with his grandson, as well as weekly card games with close friends.  
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Jacqueline; a daughter and son-in-law, Janiell and Bob Jernigan of Rockwall; a son and daughter-in-law John and Ailey Folsom of Arlington; granddaughter Lauren Jernigan; grandson Ethan Jernigan; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  
A memorial service with military honors was held at 11 a.m., May 24, in the Baptismal Chapel of Lake Pointe Church, Rockwall under the direction of Sparkman Funeral Home of Richardson.  
Online condolences may be made at www.sparkmanrichardson.com and www.rockwallheraldbanner.com.
Published on  May 24, 2012
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