William Gerald "Jerry" Minton, 74, of Carbondale, died Thursday January 6th at the Regional Hospital of Scranton. He is survived by his wife, Debra Baron Minton.
Born in Gadsden, Alabama, son of the late William “Buddy” and Ovalee Smith Sanford, he was a graduate of Escambia High School, Pensacola, FL and the University of West Florida. Jerry proudly served in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War, where was awarded a Purple Heart Medal; he also received the Navy Unit Citation, Meritorious Unit Citation, Presidential Unit Citation, and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry. He was a life member of the VFW Post 706, Pensacola, FL and VFW Post 4712, Simpson, and a member of the Marine Corps League. Prior to retirement, he was employed in various positions in the human services field. A late in life transplant from Pensacola, FL, he moved to Carbondale and instantly fell in love with the town. He became a very active member of the community, and especially enjoyed attending Carbondale Area sporting events to support the Chargers. Jerry was a very active member of the Trinity Episcopal Church, Carbondale, where he served as a Junior Warden; he was very devoted to his church family and would always be there for someone in need, even if it meant giving someone the shirt off his own back. He loved to travel and go on cruises with his wife.
Also surviving are a son: Jeramie A. Minton and wife Nicole, Massillon, OH; two grandchildren: Brice and Jace Minton; a step-son: Justin Cerra and partner Luis Munoz-Fernandez, Brooklyn, NY; two sisters: Jean White, Pensacola, FL; Kathy Nelson and husband Thomas, Theodore, AL; several loving nieces and nephews, and his Chihuahua, Zoey.
He was also preceded in death by a sister, Pam Sanford; and brother-in-law, Pat White.
The funeral will be Wednesday January 12th with services at 3 pm in the Trinity Episcopal Church, 58 River Street, Carbondale, to be celebrated by Rev. William McGinty. Entombment will follow in the columbarium at the church. Friends may call Wednesday at the church from 2 pm with a service following at 3 pm. Arrangements by the Brennan & Brennan Funeral Home, Inc., 55 Lincoln Avenue, Carbondale.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Trinity Episcoal Church, 58 River Street, Carbondale, PA 18407.