HARLEM, Ga. -- Entered into rest Saturday, March 5, 2005, at the University Hospital, Mr. Gary H. Silas, 81, husband of Mrs. Jerrie Silas, of Harlem.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 8, 2005, at 2 p.m. in the Harlem United Methodist Church with the Rev. Roger Vest officiating. Burial was in the South Harlem Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Mr. Silas, a native of Glascock County, was the son of the late Willie and Carrie Silas. He served in World War II Army Service Co. 349th 88 Inf., Fifth Army Alassis Italy. Before changing careers, he was owner of Silas Jewelry Stores in Harlem, Wrens, Louisville, and Sandersville. He had retired as an assistant Fire Chief at Fort Gordon, and was a retired fireman on the Harlem Fire Department. Mr. Silas had served on the Harlem City Council and was a member of the Harlem Masonic Lodge #276. He was a member of the NARF Thomson Chapter and a member of the Harlem United Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Thomas Silas, Roy Silas, and Billy Silas.
Survivors include his wife, Jerrie Silas; three sons, Cary Silas Thomson, Tom Silas, Harlem, and Jackie Norris, Harlem; three daughters, Nancy Silas Sator, Thomson, Linda Corley, Appling, and Wendy Snellings, of Harlem; two daughters-in-law, Brenda Silas and Francine Norris; three sons-in-law, John Corley, Mike Snellings, and Michael Sator; 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Bob Brown, Gene Sullivan, Bobby Culpepper, Steve Camp, Jimmie Lewis, and Greg Stokes. Honorary Pallbearers were Harlem United Methodist men and members of the Harlem Masonic Lodge.
If so desired, memorials may be made to the Harlem United Methodist Church Youth, PO Box 39, Harlem, Georgia 30814.