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.