CARTHAGE, NY — Jerry G. Rushlow, 76, Harriman, TN, and a former resident of Carthage, NY, passed away unexpectedly at Roane Medical Center on Oct. 3, 2020, surrounded by his loving children and companion, Nancy Meeks.
Born June 24, 1944, in Carthage, NY, he was the son of the late Gilbert and Elizabeth Rushlow. He was a gentle, loving son, always looking out for his parents.
Jerry married Patricia L. Smith on Dec. 20, 1965, and was blessed with three children during their marriage.
The marriage ended in divorce, but they remained lifelong friends.
Jerry graduated from Carthage Central School. He was in the Army National Guard for 8 years while beginning his career as a machinist at New York Air Brake/General Signal. He was a dedicated employee who advanced to a master machinist, to foreman and retired as a member of the management team in Charleston, South Carolina. He retired after 30 years of service.
Jerry relocated to Harriman, Tennessee, where he resided with his companion, Nancy Meeks for the past 27 years.
He enjoyed quiet moments at home, working on projects in his shop. He never
allowed his health to limit his ability to live freely.
He made several friends in his mountain community.
His newest best friend was his dog Buddy, who brought pure enjoyment and they shared an unbreakable bond. Buddy was his protector to the end.
Jerry enjoyed fishing, bowling, playing cards, watching football, woodworking and hunting with his family and friends. He was a member of the Great Bend Rod and Gun Club before moving to South Carolina.
He mostly cherished spending time with all his grandchildren in New York and Florida. He was proud of each and every one of them. He enjoyed attending stock car races and was his grandson’s number 1 fan.
Jerry is survived by his three children, Lynne (Gregory) Young, Watertown, NY; Jerrilee (John) Goodrich, Plant City, Florida; and George (Karyn) Rushlow, Lansing, NY; seven grandchildren, Garett, Gavin and Gracie Rushlow, Nathan and Caleb Howell, Zachary West and Brianna Young and his great grandson Quintin West; his siblings, Nancy Campany, Rosemary Bauter, Jenny Rhone, Dorothy Moses, Robert and Richard Rushlow; and his companion’s son, Edward McGhee.
A brother, Larry Rushlow, died before him.
Graveside Services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, in Fairview Cemetery in
Carthage with Wayne Arnold officiating. Viewing will be held privately by the family at the Bezanilla-McGraw Funeral Home. Masks and social distancing will be required.
“How lucky are we to have someone who makes saying goodbye so hard.”
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