Gus Meridith
March 4, 1941 -
July 1, 2023

Visitation

July 5, 2023
11:00 AM until 12:00 PM

Service 

July 5, 2023
12:00 PM

Interment

Obituary

A memorial service for [Gus] MAJ Jerry Ray Meridith, US Army, Ret., age 82, of Fayetteville, TN, will be held at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, July 5, 2023, at Higgins Funeral Home with Rev. Tommy Vann and Rev. Ann Hatcher officiating. Visitation with the family will be held from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Wednesday.

Gus was born on March 4, 1941, to Thomas and Goldie Meridith in Trumann, AR. He found his calling in the United States Army, proudly serving for more than two decades as an enlisted Soldier, Warrant Officer, and finally a Commissioned Officer. During that time, he commanded troops across the globe, including in the Vietnam War where he earned the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster for valor in combat. Gus retired from the Army as a Major in 1984 and went to work as a Department of Defense contractor, where he helped to develop missile defense systems as a program manager and engineer.

In 2012 he married Janice Towry, gaining her son Chris as another son, a great friend, and a comfort to him through the years. One of Gus’ greatest achievements was becoming a grandfather or “Opa”. He enjoyed fishing, spending time, and sharing his sense of humor with them.

Gus is survived by his wife of ten years, Janice Towry Meridith and her son Chris; sons Michael (Tanya) and Marc (Tania) Meridith; grandchildren Emersyn and Christian Meridith; and sister Dianne Sanders. Gus was preceded in death by his parents Thomas and Goldie; his first wife Gisela Greinert, brothers Charles and Tommy; and sisters Shirley, Pauline, and June.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Fayetteville Humane Society or the Fayetteville First United Methodist Church.

Higgins Funeral Home is honored to be serving [Gus] Jerry Ray Meridith.

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5 Comments

  1. Gerald and Wanda Scott

    We are So Sorry. He was a Great Person. God Bless the Family with Comfort and Peace In the Days to Come.

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  2. Sue Cary

    Janice, My thought and prayers and much love. I’m so sorry to hear this sad news. I know your life was blessed and you were a blessing to your husband .

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  3. Joyce Kelso Johnson

    Janice so sorry for your loss. I have not seen you for some time but have heard such nice things about you from my Cousin. Thank you for being to nice to her. I have thought you a lot and you have been in my Prayers. Please stop by and see me sometime. Love to you Joyce.

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  4. Mark Brown

    Michael, my condolences in this time of sorrow. In reading his obituary, he led a good life and left a great son to carry on. May God bless you and keep you.

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  5. Debbie& joe formosa

    So sorry for your loss janice- glad you had the years together that you had…. You were a good fit❤️ jerry – Gus , as we loveingly called him, was a great guy… for years all he wanted was a grand , so glad he got to o experience the joy that being a grandparent brings❤️

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5 Comments

  1. Gerald and Wanda Scott

    We are So Sorry. He was a Great Person. God Bless the Family with Comfort and Peace In the Days to Come.

    Reply
  2. Sue Cary

    Janice, My thought and prayers and much love. I’m so sorry to hear this sad news. I know your life was blessed and you were a blessing to your husband .

    Reply
  3. Joyce Kelso Johnson

    Janice so sorry for your loss. I have not seen you for some time but have heard such nice things about you from my Cousin. Thank you for being to nice to her. I have thought you a lot and you have been in my Prayers. Please stop by and see me sometime. Love to you Joyce.

    Reply
  4. Mark Brown

    Michael, my condolences in this time of sorrow. In reading his obituary, he led a good life and left a great son to carry on. May God bless you and keep you.

    Reply
  5. Debbie& joe formosa

    So sorry for your loss janice- glad you had the years together that you had…. You were a good fit❤️ jerry – Gus , as we loveingly called him, was a great guy… for years all he wanted was a grand , so glad he got to o experience the joy that being a grandparent brings❤️

    Reply

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