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Gerald Wayland Fain

May 29, 1934 ~ October 10, 2023 (age 89) 89 Years Old

Gerald Fain Obituary

  It is with heavy hearts we announce that Gerald Wayland Fain, known to family and friends as Jerry, departed this world on October 10, 2023, at the age of 89. He was born on May 29, 1934, in Ozark, Alabama, and was the cherished son of Lunie and Adeline Fain.

Jerry led an extraordinary life of service, faith, and adventure. As a young 17-year-old, he enlisted in the United States Air Force where he served his country with honor and dedication from 1951 - 1977 and retired as a Senior Master Sergeant. Following his military career, he continued to serve as a U.S. Customs agent for 17 years, safeguarding the nation's borders.

His unwavering faith in God was evident through his active membership in the First Baptist Church in Crestview, Florida where he taught Sunday school and  served on many committees and held positions as a deacon and treasurer.  His devout faith, and love for the church was evident to all who knew him.

Jerry had a zest for life that knew no bounds. He delighted in traveling the world, venturing to places like Japan, Pakistan, and Thailand, where he absorbed the rich cultures and created lasting memories. In his quieter moments, he was an avid reader, constantly expanding his horizons. He reveled in the great outdoors, finding joy in fishing, hunting and camping, and spending time on the golf course with friends and family. His love for these pursuits was only surpassed by his unwavering support for Alabama football. 

Jerry is survived by his loving wife, Nina; his sister Jenny Blackman;  his daughters, Cathy Brodsky (Steve), Lori Albrecht, and Julie Lamb (Perrin); his son, Jason Fain (Jenny); and his stepchildren, Savannah Phillips and Patrick Sasser.

He was a beloved grandfather to his grandchildren, Steve Brodsky Jr., Michael Brodsky, Shannon Albrecht, Skyler Albrecht, Keeley Lamb, JJ Lamb, and Benjamin Fain. Jerry's legacy of love and guidance will forever be cherished by those he leaves behind.

The family invites friends and loved ones to pay their respects during the visitation at Whitehurst Powell Funeral Home from 5:00 to 7:00 PM on Tuesday, October 17. A church service will be held at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, October 18, at the First Baptist Church in Crestview, Florida, followed by a military funeral honors ceremony at 2:00 PM at the burial site in Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola, Florida.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that you consider making cards of condolences or a donation to the building fund at the First Baptist Church in Crestview, Florida, as a lasting tribute to Jerry's love for his faith and community.

Jerry's memory will be celebrated and cherished by all who had the privilege of knowing him. The family extends their heartfelt gratitude to all those who have offered their support, care, and love during this difficult time.

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October 17, 2023

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Whitehurst Powell Funeral Home and Crematory
436 West James Lee Blvd.
Crestview, FL 32536

Funeral Service
October 18, 2023

10:00 AM
First Baptist Church of Crestview
171 W Hickory Ave
Crestview, FL 32536

Interment with Military Honors
October 18, 2023

2:00 PM
Barrancas National Cemetery
1 Cemetery Road
Pensacola, FL 32548


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