One of Hallsville’s finest gentlemen, Jerre Crain Dollahite graduated to Heaven on May 11, 2018.
Jerre was born on January 18, 1936 in Gregg County to Katie Lea Summers and Jesse Edward Dollahite, Sr. Early in his life Jerre moved to Hallsville, Harrison County, Texas where he lived the remainder of his life. Being nurtured and loved by his parents, Jerre became a loving, compassionate man who loved God deeply and strived to do his best in all that he did. His greatest earthly treasures were his family, friends, and his community. He had a servant’s heart. His training began as a Boy Scout and he was a lifelong supporter of Scouts. Jerre also served the City of Hallsville as an Alderman, Volunteer Fireman, and participated in community activities. He was a lifelong member of First United Methodist Church where he was always available to help others.
In 1954 Jerre graduated from Hallsville High School and went to work for Southwestern Power Electric Company in Marshall and later worked in power plants in Longview and Lone Star as a turbine operator. In the mid-seventies he made a job change, going to work as a maintainer at Schlitz/Stroh’s Container Company. Jerre met and married his beloved wife, Gloria Jean “Jeannie” Prince in 1980. They were married 38 years. Due to eye problems, Jerre retired early but greatly enjoyed traveling with Jeannie in their travel trailer and pick-up throughout the country meeting and making new friends wherever they traveled. Jerre was an outdoorsman and loved sports especially baseball whether it was a national team or the local boys playing for fun. Jerre’s philosophy of life was: work hard, provide for his family so that he could do what he loved best, fishing, camping, traveling, and enjoying activities with his family and friends. Jerre’s children were the pride and joy of his life. He dedicated a great deal of time to nurturing them and teaching them life lessons. He loved his children dearly. Being with his wife, Jeannie and his children, Jerri Lea Medrano, his son, John Hugh Dollahite, and stepson, Chuck Robinson made Jerre feel like the “richest man alive.”
Jerre Dollahite was preceded in death by his parents, brother, J. E. Dollahite, Jr.; and son-in-law, Clay Medrano. He is survived by his wife, Gloria Jean Prince; daughter, Jerri Lea Medrano; son, John Hugh Dollahite all of Hallsville; stepson, Chuck Robinson and his wife, Lori of Coldsprings, Texas; nephew, Jeff Dollahite; niece, Laura Dollahite; and lifetime best friends Charles Lawrence and his wife Charlotte; and Robert Key as well as a host of relatives and close friends.
The family will receive friends for personalized visitation on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 from 6:00 o'clock in the evening until 8:00 o'clock in the evening in the Garden Court of Welch Funeral Home with a Life Celebration to be held on Wednesday May 16, 2018 at 10:00 o'clock in the morning in the Chapel of Welch Funeral Home with Reverend Nathan Rogers officiating.
The family wishes to thank Summer Meadows for their loving care and devotion to Mr. Dollahite the last eighteen months of his life while he lived there as a resident. Jerre met many new friends at Summer Meadows and loved to put a smile on their faces. The family would also like to express their appreciation to Compass Hospice for their care in the last hours of his life. Both groups have offered strong support to the family during this difficult time.
In lieu of custmary remembrances, the family request with gratitude that memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice in his honor.