Major E.L.'s Story
Major E.L. "Jody" Sherrill Jr., 79, of Crab Orchard, passed away peacefully on March 9, 2017, in his home and surrounded by family.
Born April 23, 1937, to Leland and Minnie Lou (Nail) Sherrill of Crab Orchard, TN, Jody left his hometown to join the USAF. While in the service, he met Airman First Class Marilyn Kurtz and they married Aug. 9, 1957. His 21-year Air Force career culminated with his rank of major and assignment on the Pentagon's Joint Chiefs of Staff. After retirement, Jody and family returned to Tennessee, where he continued to serve his Crab Orchard community.
Along with his wife Marilyn, Mr. Sherrill is survived by children John (Beth) Sherrill, Ann Morphew, Joseph (LeeAnn) Sherrill and Teresa (Jerry) Duncan. Jody and Marilyn enjoy their 13 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
His funeral will be held Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at 10 a.m. at Crab Orchard Christian Church, with interment to follow at Haley's Grove Cemetery in Crab Orchard. Danny Smith of Crab Orchard Christian Church will officiate. The family will receive visitors at Bilbrey Funeral Home on Tuesday, March 14, from 5 to 7 p.m.
He leaves behind a legacy of honesty, hard work and service.
In lieu of flowers, donations will be gratefully accepted in honor of Jody Sherrill (or E.L. Sherrill Jr.) to any of the following: The city of Crab Orchard, TN, towards upkeep of Haley's Grove Cemetery; Crab Orchard Christian Church's building fund; or St. Jude's Children's Hospital.
Bilbrey Funeral Home, Inc. (www.bilbreyfh.com) was in charge of the arrangements.
Published on  March 13, 2017