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#1 Sep 8, 2008
TODAYS CITIZEN TRIBUNE BROUGHT DEVASTATING NEWS. IN THE OBITUARIES IT STATES JERRY ENSLEY, AGE 67, PASSED AWAY!!!!
#2 Sep 8, 2008
JERRY M. ENSLEY
Jerry M. Ensley, 67, of Morristown, passed away Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008, at Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Allen Funeral Home.
#3 Sep 8, 2008
Morristown has lost a very unique and one of a kind person with the passing of Jerry Ensley. He was the most kind hearted person I have ever met and truly cared for people and the way Jerry could bring hope when everything seemed gloomy.
I know he is in a much better place and will never again feel pain but the selfish side of me would like to have him here ablibbing me and correcting my mistakes.
Too late Im saying this but this is for Jerry's family: I want to thank you for sharing Jerry with us and he as you will always have a place in our hearts. How many people he has helped during his life is amazing. The people he touched were aided by his gentle quotes or the magical way he could humor us when we wanted to be down. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Like i said we know he is in a much better place and will never ever feel pain again.
#4 Sep 8, 2008
Claude, I don't know if Jerry knew your identity or not, but the last time I was in town I asked him who you were. He said he didn't know, but I had the distinct feeling he was pulling my leg.
I just wish more people had come to the meeting we had at Shoney's in April (At least I think it was in April). He was very disappointed, but also very happy that he got to see a few of his "Topix friends" as well as renew old acquaintances.
“I Used To Be Disgusted,”
Since: Dec 07
#5 Sep 8, 2008
After I read Jason’s post this morning, I got a knot in the pit of my stomach and tried to write a post that was worthy of this man that we have lost. I found that I could not write more than a word or two before either my eyes would fill with tears, or I would get mad at myself for not making it to Tennessee to Join Jerry, Ex-Vol, and the other Topix folks in Morristown when they met earlier this year. Jerry was an individual in every sense of the word. I have truly never met anyone remotely like him, and doubt I will ever will again.
To those who only knew Coach Ensley through his eloquent posts here on Topix, if you could have only gotten to hear him talk, you would have been charmed. He had one of those classic classy voices that only true southern gentlemen can pull off . Time and time again I would read his posts and I could hear the way he would have spoken the same words.
When I lived in Morristown I would occasionally, see Jerry, usually when I was working on one of my horrible British cars in the driveway of my parents house in Lakemoore.. I remember Jerry pulling up in his Bug, sauntering over and informing me that if I would use the good sense that God and my parents gave me , I would stop wasting my time fixing these old British Jalopies, and buy myself a VW like he had. He would then expound on the wonderfulness of his VW. I’d give anything to hear that again. It seems just a little colder now.
Jerry was kind, evenhanded, funny, charming, strong, caring, and frankly someone I always and always will look up to. God bless you Coach.
Tina, Jason and all of Jerry’s family are in my thoughts and prayers during this crushingly sad time, as Claude said, thank you for sharing this great man with us all.
#6 Sep 8, 2008
I had the pleasure of working with Jerry for a few years before he retired. He was truly one of a kind. He was always upbeat and made me laugh. Every morning when I came in he would start singing to me (he actually had a good voice even if he adlibbed some of the lyrics). He made every morning start off on a good note for me. I will miss his sense of humor and country wisdom. I told him several times he should write a book of his stories and anecdotes--it is a shame he never did. Rest in peace, Jerry, and to the family my sincere condolences. I know what it is to lose a loved one, but take faith that he is in a better place and is now a free spirit.
#7 Sep 8, 2008
I haven't talked to Jerry in years. It's funny how some people stand out in your mind from a young age. I played ball with Jerry's daughter Carol at Manley school back in the 70's. I can remember people calling him kojack. It's funny Jerry had that bald thing going for him way before it was cool to be bald. He always had a smile on his face. My prayers go out to the Hensley family. God Bless.
#8 Sep 9, 2008
Im sure he knew ex. He was so amazing, Im just in shock that he has passed. i know he left a deep impression on me and the way I look at people and the troubles that they face daily. I hope that I can help people just a fraction of the way Jerry did. He had such a gift of sorting through the nonesense and looking at the big picture. There will be a void now that will be very hard to fill.
I know that he had many friends and he also knew that he had touched our lives in special ways. He was truly an unsung hero im my eyes and I am sure we will meet again.
Please keep his family in your prayers and may he rest in never ending peace.
#9 May 27, 2009
I'm Jerry's oldest daughter, Carole. I live in Florida but was able to come back to Morristown every few months to visit my dad while he was sick. He would have me help him do his medicine run for Minnis Drug Store as the 'medicine man'. The funny thing is that he sometimes seemed worse off than some of the people we were delivering medicine to! He loved it though - he loved people and he loved to talk and loved to sing (and whistle, too). He could be full of it, that's for sure.
It's been several months since he died and I've just now felt like reading the really nice notes several of you put on Topix. Thanks to everyone for these.
Thanks again and God-bless.
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