Thelma Jean Jerls

Thelma Jean Jerls (Whitmire)

Tuesday, January 1st, 1946 - Monday, September 9th, 2019
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Thelma Jean Jerls, 73, of Dawsonville passed away Monday September 9, 2019 at her residence following a period of declining health.
Born January 1, 1946 to the late R. B. and Ruby Whitmire, Thelma was a lifelong resident of Dawson County. A loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother, her family was absolutely the most important part of her life. She lived a lifetime of service to her family, friends and community. Early in life she was employed at Ivan Allen in Gainesville. A talented cook, she also worked in the lunchroom at Dawson County School, held numerous positions at McDonalds in Dawsonville and was beloved by her husband’s coworkers for her desserts and treats. Thelma was preceded in death by her husband, Bob Jerls; son, Rusty Berry Jerls; brother, Herbert Whitmire; sisters, Judy Coker, Joyce Spain; and brother in law, Kenneth Long.
Surviving are her sons and daughter in law, Robb and Trudy Jerls, Acworth, Rick Jerls, Tennessee; grandsons, Cory Jerls, Jesse Jerls; sister, Laura Dean Long, Dawsonville; brother and sister in law, Guy Rufus and Sarah Whitmire, Tennessee; sister in law, Janice Whitmire, Dawsonville; brothers in law, Bob Coker, Dawsonville, Charlie Spain, Dawsonville; a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Funeral services will be held Saturday September 14, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Bearden Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Leonard W. Ridings will officiate. Interment will follow in Sawnee View Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday September 13 from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Teeny Tears,, a service providing blankets and supplies to families who have lost an infant child.
Condolences may be expressed at
Bearden Funeral Home, Dawsonville, GA.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, September 13th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Friday, September 13th, 2019 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Bearden Funeral Home
    334 Hwy. 53 East
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  • Service

    Saturday, September 14th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, September 14th, 2019 11:00am
    Bearden Funeral Home Chapel
    334 Hwy. 53 East
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  • Interment

    Sawnee View Memorial Gardens
    1390 Dahlonega Hwy.
    CUMMING, GA 30040
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Allison Carnahan

Posted at 10:44am
Having grown up in Dawsonville and went to school with Ricky my whole life we all knew each others parents. Thelma always treated all us "kids" as her own. Even after I was grown and would see her out somewhere she would always give me a hug and want to know how I was and what I had been doing, then she would catch me up on Robb, Ricky and all the family. Her family really was her whole world. She was a lovely lady and was the same kind, caring person each and every time I saw her. I am sorry for your loss. Sending my love and prayers to the entire family.

Allison (Weaver) Carnahan

K. Conner

Posted at 10:43am
I have loved you my whole life....thank you for always being loving, caring and firm when necessary with us....So pleased knowing you're with your eternal family and that we are stilling loving and missing you here. Thank you for always remembering special days and events in all your nephews & nieces lives!
We all knew that when you meet Bob "Yankee" Jerls you had met the Love of your life... I'm sure you & cousin Joan was styling and profiling heading to Gainesville Fairgrounds that Labor Day weekend. Bet those Army guys didn't realize how sweet our GA Peaches really are. Remember falling asleep with daddy carrying me around the rides, thrills & squeals and you woke me up and introduced Bob to mother and daddy! So proud you loved Elvis and in '75 you drove 4 excited girls down Hwy 141 (was no GA 400) to the OMNI to see him Perform! One of the best highlights in my teen years to be with my cool aunt and best friend, Pam (who saved her ticket stub)....We are all blessed to have you in our lives.
You will surely be missed. So grateful for all the memories and love you've bestowed in my life.
Always with Love,
K. Long Conner

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