Jerry Fair Findley, 78, passed away on January 20, 2021 at Ogeechee Area Hospice.
He was born in Savannah, Ga. He proudly served for 4 years in U.S. Marines. He lived in Statesboro for the past 15 years. He was a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Nevils, Ga.
Jerry’s law enforcement career began as an officer with the Chatham County Police Department. He climbed the ladder to Lieutenant over the crime scene unit. He retired from the police department after 18 years of service. After retirement, Jerry accepted a police instructor position at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center. He taught forensic science courses. He retired from GPSTC after 15 years of service. After retirement, he started Findley consultants and worked blood pattern cases all over the country.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Greeley and Hattie Mae Rich Findley; sisters, Virginia Nelson and Fran Allen; brother, Van Findley.
He is survived by his wife, Judy Findley; son, Chris Findley (Rebecca) and stepson, Ross Henderson (Gloria); grandchildren, Bryce Findley and Reagan Findley; sisters, Peggy Moore (Ed), and Vicki Lang (David); brother Larry Findley (Jane Payne); many precious nieces and nephews and many close and loving friends.
Visitation will be at 10:00 am, Monday January 25, 2021 for family and close friends at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel. Graveside service will follow at 11:30 am at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens.
Remembrances may be given to Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, 7200 Hodgson Memorial Drive, Savannah, Ga 31406; St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, Tn. 38105.
My family and are so sorry to hear of your dads passing. I have the upmost respect for your dad.
- Randall Corey, Savannah, Ga
I knew Jerry for several several years. I was amazed at his knowledge of crime scenes and the ability to analyze. The Law Enforcement profession has lost an icon. Rest In Peace Jerry.
- Jimmy McDuffie, Clyo, Ga
Long time friend and follow police officer.my prayers go to his love ones.
- Dan cooler, Midway , Ga
- Janice Rich Loyd, Ellabell, Ga
I've never known a better forensic investigator than Jerry Findley. He passed on his knowledge and professionalism to many new and young officers at CCPD, one being me. Thank you for you service, Jerry, to our Country, our State, and the Chatham County Police Department. Rest in Peace, Sir! Godspeed.
- Thomas E Sexton, Guyton, GA
Chris and family, I’ll never forget Mr Jerry and the times him and my dad would get together. He was always the kindest man. May God bless you all. RIP Mr. Jerry
- Robin Nichols Newman, Guyton, GA
Judy I am so sorry to hear about Jerry. Will call you soon and see you on Monday.
- Sue Hagins, Savannah, GA
My prayers go out to his family. A good man with a good heart -he will be missed. He is in Heaven with our Savior —- God Bless.
- Scott Nelson, Savannah , Ga
To Chris and family thank you for sharing time with Jerry. He taught me a lot from working with him in the Crime Scene Unit at Chatham County Police. We worked some long hours on a lot of cases. We spent time working with Ga. division of Forensic and world wide Division .He will be missed by many officers that he taught over the years. Thanks for all he done for all of us. My best to you and your family. I will do what I can to be with all of you on Monday. Ron Nichols ret. ccpd.
- Ronald Nichols, Savannah, GA
Jerry was a great crime scene investigator, who later shared his knowledge with the law enforcement and Coroners throughout the state and area. Condolences to family and friends.
- David H Exley, Springfield, GA
I had the great pleasure of sharing the IPTM classroom teaching crime scene investigation courses with Jerry Findley for the last 24 years. We travelled throughout the country training thousands of LEO Investigators, together in that time frame. His gift was simplicity and sincerity, “teaching people to fish”, making sure they understood, practically, the often complex fundamentals of bloodstain pattern interpretation and crime scene reconstruction. He was a friend to all, he was my friend, Brother In Christ, and a solid classroom mentor! The earth is a little dimmer with his parting...thank you Judy and Family for sharing him with so many over the years!
- Donnie and Becky , Jacksonville, FL
Chris and Judy and family, Your family is in our prayers at this time. May your special memories with your father and husband bring you joy and comfort now and in the future. Psalm 46: 1-2 “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.”
- Matheson Family, Apple Valley , California
I was lucky enough to be able to take all of the bloodstain and reconstruction courses Jerry taught at IPTM. I was also extremely privileged to have taught alongside him during his bloodstain course. We had an ongoing joke that he was my "blood-father". I will miss him very much and can't thank him enough for all of the knowledge he bestowed. He was an amazing man and I am better for knowing him.
- Erin (Thompson) Morris, Jacksonville , Florida
I am very sorry to hear of Jerry's passing. I have been wondering how he was doing. Judy, you and all the family are in my prayers. Not only was Jerry my instructor for many years, I considered you both very good friends and really enjoyed visiting you in your home. Just know I am thinking of you.
- Ted Bearden, Dawsonville, Georgia
Jerry was my very first bloodstain pattern analysis instructor back in 2001. I will never forget how kind he was to me as I asked him a million questions in that course and all the other courses I took with him. Training under him was an honor and to this day I still follow many of the procedures and suggestions he shared with me. The contributions he made to bloodstain pattern analysis will never be forgotten and many families got justice because of the great work he did! RIP Jerry. You will be missed!
- Anna Cox, Florida
I am so sorry for your loss. May God be with you.❤️
- Maryann Butterfield, Savannah, Ga.
I haven't seen Jerry in a while now. I sang with him in the choir. He had such a nice bass voice. He was always nice and pleasant. Jerry are missed
- Linda Smith, Claxton, Ga
My sincere condolences to the family! May the sweet memories give you peace and comfort!
- June Rich, Savannah , Ga. 31406
May God wrap his arms around your family during this difficult time .
- Rene Green , Savannah, Ha
Jerry was a legend in law enforcement forensic technology. His instruction in the academy has set the standard for the future of forensic investigations. My condolences to his family. Go with God, Jerry.
- Matt Sutton, Dallas,, Texas
I am sorry to learn of Jerry’s death. I wish I would have known sooner. Jerry was my mentor. He sponsored me in the International Association of Identification (IAI) in order for me to get my certification as a Crime Scene Analyst. Jerry was so talented in that field. My prayers go out for all his loved ones in this difficult time.
- Curtis Veal, Savannah, Georgia
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
- 10:00 AM on Mon, January 25, 2021
- Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
7200 Hodgson Memorial Drive (map)
Savannah GA 31406
- Graveside Service
- 11:30 AM on Mon, January 25, 2021
- Forest Lawn Memory Gardens
315 Greenwich Road (map)
Savannah GA 31404