Jerry Raymond Barras, 73 of Saucier, passed away January 24th, 2023 at Memorial Hospital in Gulfport. He was born August 20, 1949 in Biloxi, the second of ten children to parents Frank, Sr. and Rosemary (Freche) Barras. Jerry grew up "on the point" there in Biloxi, and made sure to emphasize that anytime someone would ask. From an early age, he liked to work because enjoyed making his own money. As soon as he could, Jerry got busy doing whatever to make a dollar. He had a milk route, a paper route, and would cut yards on top of that. Plus, Jerry made sure he gave his mother a portion of his money every time he got paid. He came to like blues music, and would go sit outside the bars and listen to it long before he was old enough to go inside. Jerry attended Biloxi schools until the 9th grade, opting to drop out and go to work to help the family out. Though he tried not to go because he would have rather worked, he was drafted into the US Army in the late 60s, serving honorably while spending time in Vietnam. After his discharge, Jerry returned home to the point and soon met Shelia. It must have been love at first sight because they were married not too long after, spending the next 49 years together. After a few years in Biloxi, they eventually made their home in Saucier. Jerry quickly had a pond built and made himself a small farm, raising cows, goats, chickens and more. He eventually opened his own business, Barras Roofing, running it until he eventually retired. But even then, the man didn't stop. Jerry would still do patch work and other small jobs for those who called on him. That's just who he was. He is fondly remembered as one "from the old school". Definitely set in his ways, Jerry was oh so particular about most everything he did. And like it or not, it was going to be his way, or no way at all. Now he loved his family, and did his best to take care of them...all of them. But his grand kids, well let's just say they were even more special to him. Jerry wasn't one to wander far from home either. To relax, he liked sitting around the house, usually watching his investigation shows or Fox News. He did have a great sense of humor and loved to laugh. You might not have seen eye-to-eye with Jerry, but he was one to always work things out for the better of all involved. A devoted, hard-working family man, Jerry was a loving son, brother, husband, father, and grandfather, and will be very sadly missed by all who knew and loved him. He was preceded by his parents, Frank and Rosemary Barras, Sr.; his loving wife of 49 years, Shelia; his sister, Delores Fayard, and brothers David, Louis, and Frank Barras. Left to cherish his memories are: his children, daughters Jacquelin (Brian Cox) Cuevas and Gidget Barras, both of Saucier; sisters Barbara (Elvis) Fayard of Biloxi, Debbie Barras of Ponotoc, and Patricia (Billy) Hagood of Columbus, with brothers Roland Barras of Gulfport and Robert (Pam) Barras of Biloxi. Jerry leaves a legacy of three grandchildren: Travis (Candi) Lindsay, Kirsten Cuevas (Drew Hurst), and Nolan Cuevas, with five great-grands: Daisy Rae, Ethan, Jaxsen, Anna, and Tripp, along with numerous extended family, friends, neighbors, and countless satisfied customers through the years. Services will be Saturday at Trinity Funeral Services' McHenry location. Visitation will begin at 10:00 AM, followed by a chapel service at noon, with Bro. Wayne Flurry officiating. Afterward Jerry will be laid to rest beside his wife in the Wolf River Cemetery. Trinity Funeral Services is honored to serve the Barras family in their time of need and asks everyone remember them in your thoughts and prayers through the days ahead.
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