ATHENS-A memorial service for Jerald Voyles, 70 of Athens is scheduled for 2:30 p.m., Saturday in First Baptist Church with the Rev. Larry Krohn and Dr. Bill Pemberton officiating. Family will greet friends at the church beginning at 1:30 p.m.
Mr. Voyles passed away Nov. 1, 2012 in Tyler.
He was born Oct. 6, 1942 in Brownsboro to the late Loy Max and Essie Lee Hester Voyles. Following graduation from Athens High School in 1961, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration from Stephen F. Austin University.
Jerald served a 20-year tenure with the U. S. Justice Department in the Drug Enforcement Agency division. He had assignments in Dallas, Washington, D. C., Lubbock and Corpus Christi, where he retired as Special Agent in charge.
Following retirement “Jerry” became a bond and mortgage trader, and moved back to Athens in 1990. He developed real estate, and managed rental properties.
Since 1999, he has been a devoted grandfather. For the last four years, Jerry had fought illness furiously, and overcame paralysis through work and prayer of friends and family. He was a member of First Baptist Church.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Nelda Weatherford, and a son Sam Voyles.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Sue Lane Voyles, Athens, son Bradley Voyles and wife Tami, McKinney, daughter Teresa Westby, Ingleside, grandchildren Brett, Jade and Devon Scout, sisters Lynda Alder and husband John, Edom, Nancy Combs and husband Danny, Rural Shade, Annette Heflin, Athens, numerous nephews and nieces.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Scottish Rite Childrens Hospital, 2222 Welborn, Dallas, TX 75219 or American Diabetes Association, 4100 Alpha Road, Suite 100, Dallas, TX 75244.
You may leave a message of condolence, or light a memorial candle for the family at www.carroll-lehr.com.