September 9, 1943 - October 15, 2020
Terry Dean Southerly, a generous and loving, father, grandfather and friend, died Thursday, October 15, 2020. Terry, 77, formerly of Potterville, MI, was born September 9, 1943, in Kenton, OH, the son of Harold and Cleota (Layton) Southerly. Following graduating from Kenton High School Terry proudly served his country in the Army as a Med Evac Medic in the Vietnam War. On September 21, 1963 Terry married his high school sweetheart Phyllis Gordon. The couple would relocate to Lansing and start their legacy together. Terry worked at General Motors as a Pipe Fitter for 30 plus years, until his retirement in approximately 1996. He was a very generous man who devoted his life to others. Terry took it upon himself each year at Christmas to serve as a secret Santa in Potterville. He also lived for the surprise factor for his grandchildren. Terry was an avid archery shooter, he competed in numerous tournaments around the state and was very successful. He also enjoyed bowling and shooting pool. No matter the sport or hobby he went above and beyond. This was a value he instilled in his children. Competitions were part of Terry's life because he also competed in fishing tournaments. Fishing was always about looking for the next big fish. Terry enjoyed hunting as well, he looked forward to yearly deer camp. Above all Terry loved his family and being able to pass down to them his passion and love for others. Terry is survived by his sons, Troy (Shannon Combs) Southerly and Jay Southerly; grandchildren, Turner Southerly, Madison Southerly, Isabelle Robinson and her mother Laurie Robinson; sisters, Carol Louise Bradwel, and Betty Jean Simmons; and many nieces and nephews; caregiver and loving friend, Keeley Coon. He was predeceased by his wife of 55 years, Phyllis; and his parents. If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Eaton County Humane Society. Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Terry on his Tribute Page at www.PrayFuneral.com. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.
Terry Dean Southerly, a generous and loving, father, grandfather and friend, died Thursday, October 15, 2020. Terry, 77, formerly of Potterville, MI, was born September 9, 1943, in Kenton, OH, the son of Harold and Cleota (Layton) Southerly.... View Obituary & Service Information
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