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Updated: 03/19/2014 08:00:02AM

Gerald B. Morley

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Gerald “Jerry” Byron Morley, 76, of Port Charlotte, Fla., formerly of Goldsboro, N.C., passed away Friday, March 14, 2014, after a short illness, at the Douglas T. Jacobson State Veterans Home in Port Charlotte, Fla.

Jerry was born June 8, 1937, in Lansing, Mich., the son of the late Glendon Payne and Ruth Marion (Baxter) Morley.

Jerry is survived by two sons, Anthony Lee (Michele) Morley I, of Venice, Fla., and Brian Keith (Laureen) Morley, of Mystic, Conn.; two daughters, Marion Elizabeth “Beth” Degnan of Port Charlotte, Fla., and Diana Lynn Sanches of Goldsboro, N.C.; sister Janet Sue (Chuck) Bumstead of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.; a brother, Jon (Sharon) Morley of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.; sister Joanne Marion (Robert) Garland of Lansing, Mich.; and grandchildren Shane Patrick Morley, Dustin Lee Waters, Anthony Lee Morley II, Tiffani Marie Sanches, Joshua Clarence Morley and Stephen James Mahoney-Morley. Other survivors include an aunt, Norma Wirick; an uncle, Ed Eldridge; brother-in-law Harold Jablenski Jr.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

After his retirement in 1973, he moved to Goldsboro, N.C., and in 2003 he moved to Port Charlotte, Fla. Jerry spent 20 years in the U.S. Navy. He was a veteran who served during the Korean and Vietnam wars. He traveled to more than 42 islands and countries during and after his naval career.

Services: A celebration of Jerry’s life will be held Monday, March 24, at 6 p.m. at Sonshine Baptist Church in Port Charlotte, Fla. Arrangements were made by Ewing Funeral Home, Venice, Fla. A private interment will be at Venice Memorial Gardens.

Contributions: In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Jerry’s name to Sonshine Baptist Church Missionary Fund, 23105 Veterans Blvd., Port Charlotte FL 33954.