Fallen Hero: Retired Technical Sergeant Jerry Wayne Harvey


Funeral Home

Freemen’s Funeral Home

1305 Skyland Drive Waynesboro, MississippI


Tuesday, July 2, 2024, 4-7 PM, Freeman Funeral Home

Wednesday, July 3, 2024, 10-11 AM , West Shady Grove Baptist Church



Wednesday, July 3, 2024, 11 AM , West Shady Grove Baptist Church


Military Service Tribute, Honors, and Obituary

Recognizing and Honoring a Fallen Hero, Who Served Within the Mississippi National Guard. “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten”

In recognition of our proud American tradition of honorable service which our military men and women have given to their country and our State, we honor a Fallen Hero. Our nation, our state, and the National Guard Association of MS (NGAMS) regard the memorializing of its retired military deceased as an honorable and sacred obligation.

Another great Airman and Fallen Hero has been released from duty, passed from our ranks on June 29, 2024, and has moved on to his heavenly home. Retired Technical Sergeant Jerry Wayne Harvey, age 75, who served in both the MSARNG in the 185th Aviation Brigade and also the MSANG within the 172d Maintenance Squadron, 172d Airlift Wing has departed and gone to a better place with our good Lord.  Jerry in his early career worked full time at the Jackson AASF, then after transferring to the ANG, he worked full time with the 172d Maintenance Squadron.

It takes a special person to serve within the military for their country, giving up their family time, comfort, and safety for their country, ultimately for all Americans to enjoy their freedoms, safety, and way of life. We now applaud you for your service to our country.  A special message from General Douglas McArthur remains applicable today for our servicemen that have passed: “Old Soldiers never die; they just fade away”.

Rest in Peace Airman.  We applaud your patriotism, sacrifices, and brave efforts in serving our country and your family for their support of your service. We thank you for your service. Without your efforts and your families’ support, our country would not stand so boldly, shine so bright and live so free.

You now have earned a rest, so go fly with the Angels, go rest high on that mountain; your work on earth is done. Go to heaven a-shoutin’ Love for the Father and the Son.

Obituary, Visitation, and Service Details:

   Mr. Jerry Wayne Harvey, 75, of Waynesboro, MS passed from this life Saturday, June 29, 2024, at his residence in Waynesboro, MS. He was born in Jackson, MS on Monday, January 3, 1949, to the late Woodrow Wilson “Wood” and Ella Marie (Sullivan) Harvey. Mr. Harvey served in the United States Army and retired as a Technical Sergeant United States Airforce. He was a Veteran of the Vietnam War, Operation Noble Eagle, Enduring Freedom, and Gulf War. He attended West Shady Grove Baptist Church.

   Mr. Harvey is preceded in death by his parents, Woodrow Wilson “Wood” and Ella Marie (Sullivan) Harvey; first wife, Patricia Ann (Langley) Harvey. He is survived by his wife, Virginia Ann Harvey of Waynesboro, MS; five children, Michael Harvey of Pelahatchie, MS, Christina Strickland of Pascagoula, MS, James Suthoff of Brandon, MS, Jo Ann Suthoff of Waynesboro, MS, Lynn Simmons of New Albany, MS; 17 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren.

   Visitation for Mr. Harvey will be held from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Tuesday, July 2, 2024, at Freeman Funeral Home, 1305 Skyland Drive, Waynesboro, MS. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 AM with a lie-in-state from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM on Wednesday, July 3, 2024, at West Shady Grove Baptist Church in Waynesboro, MS with Dr. Stephen Smith officiating. Interment will be in West Shady Grove Cemetery in Waynesboro, MS. Pallbearers are Michael Harvey, James Suthoff, Jacob Harvey, Elijah Jayroe, Tanner Simmons, and Anthony Strickland. Honorary Pallbearers are Lee Blackwell, Jr., Lee Blackwell, III, Marcus Hardin, Jimmy Pittman, and Clint Peoples.