Jerry Austin Williamson and his wife, Frances Jewel Bond Williamson, both died at the age of 72 on April 1 while holding hands at a hospital in Mississippi, said Father Rick Clark of Long Beach Baptist North Church livestreamed funeral services for couples on Facebook.
“They live their lives together and they enter the next life together,” Clark said.
They contracted the corona virus on a recent voyage and Frances put on a ventilator first, which Jerry “broke hearted” before he later became ill, Clark said.
“Jerry called me right after that happened and you can tell the tears in his eyes,” Clark said about their conversation after Frances had put on a ventilator. “She’s scared to death.”
The couple often board cruises and often return with some kind of ailment, so there is no initial fear when they are sick at the most recent, Clark said. He did not show where they had gone with the virus they had corona.
Jerry served in the US Navy and is a retired supervisor of public works at the US Navy House in Gulfport, Mississippi, according to the couple. obituary. His coffin was wrapped in an American flag in a funeral which was broadcast live in honor of his services.
Frances is a retired phlebotomist, and both are members of the dedicated North Long Beach Baptist Church, where Jerry serves as a deacon and Frances works on the flower committee.
The couple suffered the loss of a child, and Jerry Williamson survived a lung loss due to cancer, according to Clark.
They left two children, eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, according to news of their deaths. They will be buried in the Biloxi National Cemetery later on.