Gerald Evans Maynard, Jr., 91, passed peacefully Tuesday, November 17, 2020, at Hospice of Randolph in Asheboro, NC.
Gerald (aka “Pappy”) was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee on August 31, 1929 to the late Gerald Evans and Martha Virginia (Lee) Maynard. Gerald has been married to Mary Jo (Scruggs) Maynard for over 67 years and is survived by her as well as their children Gerald Evans “Jack” Maynard III of Memphis, TN; Lynn (Wes) Collins of Burlington, NC; and Alison (Doug) Worden of Thompson’s Station, TN. Grandchildren are Caroline Collins (John) Roberts, Caitlin Collins (Justin) Fischetti, Sam Collins, Gerald Evans “Jerry” (Jennifer) Maynard IV, Camille Maynard, Joshua Maynard, Tyler Worden, and Leah Worden. Precious great-grandchildren are Jonah Roberts, Wes Roberts, Eva Fischetti, Gerald Evans “Evan” Maynard V, and Nicole Maynard. He is also survived by his sister, Mary Lee “Jill” Maynard Ward and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Gerald was preceded in death by daughter Carol Ann Maynard and brother Thomas Lane Maynard.
Gerald was a born leader who exuded positivity and friendliness from a young age, voted Friendliest at Memphis’ Central High School, working laundry routes, being active as a Kappa Sig at Memphis State University and serving his country as an aviation radio operator in the United States Navy for 3 years. Gerald went to work for Humko Products, later Kraft Inc. in 1954 as a City Salesperson in the Memphis market, working his way up the ladder and across the country (living in Knoxville, TN, Philadelphia, PA, and Yorba Linda, CA along the way) to Vice President of Sales of the Industrial Foods Division of Kraft in Memphis. During this time, Gerald was a leader of several industry professional organizations where he served as President of the Allied Trades of the Baking Industry and Director of the Potato Chip/Snacks Food Association. Gerald was a devoted United Methodist Church member in each of these locations, often serving in leadership roles at each church, and especially treasured his years at Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Memphis.
Following retirement, Pappy was happy to throw himself into more time on the golf course (especially with his beloved Windyke Country Club golf bunch), selling shoes at SAS, and serving as President of two different homeowners’ associations. Fifteen years ago, Gerald and Mary Jo moved to Elon, NC where they became active members of First United Methodist Church Elon. Not to be facetious or redundant, Gerald’s outgoing personality continued to serve him throughout his life and, when it became time for him to move to Twin Lakes Coble Creek Healthcare, he became the unofficial greeter to the second floor and a devoted attendee of the Sunday afternoon church service in the Twin Lakes chapel. His family would especially like to thank the staff at Coble Creek for their loving care of Gerald and feel that they loved him almost as much as they did.
The family will have a private outdoor service at this time and will offer a memorial service to the community when things are safer following Covid, hopefully in the Spring or Summer.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund at First United Methodist Church Elon (1630 Westbrook Avenue, Elon NC 27244) or the Staff Assistance Fund at Twin Lakes (Twin Lakes Boland Building, 3701 Wade Coble Drive, Burlington NC 27215).