Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at LaGrone Funeral Chapel, for Jerry Don Cullins, 68, [auth] of Roswell, who passed away at Lovelace Heart Hospital on March 26, 2013, with the love of his life by his side. The Rev. Richard Smith will officiate with interment to follow in South Park Cemetery.
Jerry was born Aug. 28, 1944, in Roswell, to Luther Cullins and Myrtia Williams Cullins. On March 8, 1965, Jerry married Barbara Whitworth in Roswell.
He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years; three children, Jacob Cullins, of Roswell, Jimmy Cullins, of Las Cruces, and Vanessa Luiz and her husband Joe, of Hagerman; grandchildren, Shelby Luiz, Garrett Luiz, John-Riley Luiz, Justin Cullins, of Roswell, and Kyle Cullins, of Albuquerque; brothers, Luther J. Cullins and Sonny Cullins and his wife Bonnie, of Weatherford, Texas; sisters, Penny Werner and her husband Robert, of Hawthorne, Calif., and Fay Thrasher and her husband Reg, of Santa Paula, Calif.; brother-in-law Wesley Whitworth and his wife Modesta; sister-in-law Angline Carroll and her husband Roy; mother-in-law Velma Ricciardi; numerous niece and nephews and best friend Glenn Barnett.
He was predeceased by his parents; brother Leon Cullins; and sisters, Dean Daugherty and Joyce Sartin.
Jerry was raised on the family farm in Roswell. In April 1962, when he was 18, he joined the Army. Jerry was a rancher most of his life. In 1989, he went into construction, where he was a heavy equipment operator. He retired in 2003.
He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved the outdoors and spending time with his grandchildren, who loved him so much. Jerry loved 4-wheeling, bowling and barbeques with family and friends.
Jerry was a great husband, dad, Papa and friend. He was always there no matter what. His favorite times of the year were Christmas, Easter and hunting season.
Pallbearers will be Jake Cullins, Joe Luiz, Glenn Barnett, Roy Carroll, Mike Gallagher, Terry Gallagher, Kelly Leslie and Billy Ricciard. Honorary pallbearers are his five grandchildren, Sonny Cullins, Wesley Whitworth, Austin Carroll, ZT Lyles, Daniel Martinez, Eric Martinez, Tommy Barnett and Kyle Barnett.
Condolences maybe offered online at lagronefuneralchapels.com.
Arrangements are under the personal directions of the professionals at LaGrone Funeral Chapel.