JERRY CORLIS – In Memoriam
Gerald E. “Jerry” Corlis, 83, the longest-serving member of New Church Family, died April 11 from the Covid-19 virus after several days of treatment at AdventHealth-Daytona Beach Hospital.
Jerry helped to organize our church in 1986 when it was part of the Metropolitan Community Church. He continued serving the church as a board member when Hope MCC became independent and reorganized as New Church Family in 2008. For decades, he led our church’s congregation care ministry, making countless visits and telephone calls to hospitals, nursing homes and home-bound members. He also worked as a staff assistant to the late Rev. Beau McDaniels during her nine years as pastor.
Jerry also was well-known as an antiques dealer, operating Jerry’s Bargain Barn on Center Avenue in Holly Hill for many years. Later, he helped his partner, Terry Parnell, operate Terry’s Home Fashions at Nova & Sixth Street, Holly Hill. He was active in the Greater Daytona Beach Business Guild, helping it organize some of the area’s early Gay Pride Festivals.
Jerry made his home on Granada Avenue in Holly Hill for nearly 30 years, renting rooms to low-income people in need of temporary shelter.
Born in East Syracuse, N.Y. on March 28, 1937 he was the son of Ralph C. and Grace M. Corlis. He was a graduate of the old East Syracuse High School. Before relocating to Florida, he operated Jerry's Flower Shop in East Syracuse.
In addition to Terry, his partner of 18 years, Jerry is survived by his brothers, Ernest of Williamstown N.Y., Ralph of East Syracuse NY and Richard of Altmar NY; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Burial will be in Stockner Cemetery, Fancy Gap, VA. His family asks that donations be sent to Minoa Methodist Church, 246 East Ave., Minoa, NY 13116. New Church Family also has established a Memorial Fund in his honor. To leave a guest book tribute, please visit: www.SCHEPPFAMILY.com