Rev. Jerry Frank Reeder, 74, of Huntsville, Alabama, passed away on March 18, 2021. Born on October 28, 1946 in Birmingham, Jerry attended Phillips High School where he was valedictorian of his graduating class and was awarded a National Exchange Club scholarship for having the highest GPA in Birmingham City Schools. Jerry graduated with honors from The University of Alabama and went on to attend Emory University where he received a Masters in Divinity. He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam-era. After graduating from Emory, Jerry returned to Alabama where he was ordained an Elder in the United Methodist Church and served 11 churches in the North Alabama Conference before he retired in June 2013.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Virginia Frank Reeder and John Matthew Reeder Sr., and his son, Jeremy David Reeder. He is survived by his wife, Rosemary Reeder, and his son John Reeder (Rena), and stepdaughters Jenny Hixon (Thomas) and Tasha Koumaris (Nick) and grandchildren Mark Reeder (Emily), Julian Reeder, and Zoe and Sadie Crutcher and Everleigh and Isla Koumaris. Surviving siblings include: Matt Reeder (Pat), Sandra Duncan (John), Brenda McDill, Janice Golden (Chuck) and William Reeder plus many nieces and nephews.
In his spare time, Jerry loved being with his grandchildren and immersed himself in various hobbies including genealogy and family history. Jerry also had a lifelong passion for music and had a voracious appetite for reading. He was especially fond of J.R.R. Tolkein novels and was known for his extensive music collection, which ranged from classical to billboard top 40 hits.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations to be made to support the ministry and missions of Holmes Street United Methodist Church in Huntsville. Options on how to give can be found here http://www.holmesstreetumc.org/about-us/give
Jerry will be laid to rest in Huntsville Memory Gardens on March 22, 2021, and Rev. Jonathan Todd and Rev. Eddie Johnson will be officiating.
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