Dr. Jerry Beatty D.D.S., 70, Colonel (Retired/ US Army) died Monday, September 25. Born on April 2, 1947, in Detroit, Michigan. He is survived by his girlfriend of over 20 years, Leesa Davis; and two brothers, Patrick Beatty and wife, Rhonda and Kenny Beatty; his nieces, Megan, Melanie, Amber, and Lauren; nephew, Patrick; He was preceded in death by his mother, Bernice Beatty and brother, Kevin Beatty.
Jerry Beatty served as a Special Forces Engineer Sergeant with 5th Special Forces Group (A) in Vietnam from 1969-1970. After attending Old Dominion University and graduating from Medical College of VA School of Dentistry, he re-entered the Army as a dentist, once again serving with 5th SFG(A), as well as USA DENTAC, where he completed his training as an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon. His military awards are too numerous to list, along with Jump Wings from 7 different countries. He graduated with highest honors from every school he attended, and served as a Chief of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at multiple hospitals.
Dr. Beatty entered into private practice in 1997, where he had served as an oral surgeon in Fayetteville, NC, practicing his last 10+ years at Sandhills Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. He was instrumental in developing the oral surgery services of The Care Clinic, from its inception. His support and expertise in his field, allowed hundreds and hundreds of patients to be served at no cost. He continued serving the community at other free dental clinics, throughout his career. He served on staff at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center for almost 20 years.
Jerry loved being a soldier, as well as an Oral Surgeon. He was a soldier's soldier, who went out of his way to serve his country and to support his fellow man. He was also a doctor's doctor. He felt committed to his patients and believed in giving his utmost for the betterment of those he served. He mentored both military and civilian dentists alike.
Jerry was a man who dedicated his entire life to the service of others. He served his family and friends through his overwhelming generosity of love and time. He served his patients with compassion, precision, and a dedication to perfection. He is survived by a legacy which lives on in the hearts of those he saved on the battlefield, or changed forever through his undying love and loyalty.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 12:30 pm at Jernigan-Warren Chapel. The burial will follow at Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery with military honors. The family will receive friends Monday evening from 6 to 8 pm at the funeral home.
Jernigan Warren Funeral Home
Monday October 2nd, 2017
6:00pm - 8:00pm
545 Ramsey Street
Fayetteville, NC 28301
Jernigan Warren Chapel
Tuesday October 3rd, 2017
545 Ramsey Street
Fayetteville, NC 28301
Sandhills State Veteran's Cemetery
Tuesday October 3rd, 2017
8220 Bragg Blvd.
Ft. Bragg, NC 28310
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I met Dr. Jerry Beatty June 15th 1993 and on that day my life was forever changed. There are no words to express the gratitude I have for the privilege of knowing him and the sadness I feel at the loss of such a great man. Truly, the greatest man I have ever known.
Submitted by Ovidean Trask on Oct 1 2017 12:56:46 PM
Death is our common enemy and sad to say there is nothing any of us can do keep from being attacked by it. Our only hope is the solution given to us at 1 Corinthians 15:21,22. There we read of the hope for the dead. it states: "For since death came through a man, resurr3ection of the dead also comes through a man. For just as in Adam all are dying, so also in the Christ all will be made alive."
Submitted by DW on Oct 1 2017 10:41:15 AM
I was a fraternity brother of Jerry's at Old Dominion Univ. He was one of my closest friends. Everything the obit. says about Jerry is true! He was one of the most exceptional people I have ever known. His family can be so proud of him.
I would see Jerry with some other fraternity brothers occasionally in Williamsburg for a weekend visit. I only wish we had done it more often.
The world has lost a truly remarkable man and I, a dear friend.
God bless you all as you deal with the sadness of his death.
R.I.P old friend...........
Submitted by Bob Masencup Lynchburg, VA on Sep 30 2017 11:57:05 AM
Dr. Beatty will truly be missed by me, my family and the community. He was always available for guidance and words of wisdom. He was a true American Hero.
Submitted by Vincent Vissichelli on Sep 30 2017 11:07:39 AM
I was sadden to hear about the passing of Dr. Beatty. I worked with him at Cape Fear Valley. Every time he had to bring a patient to the OR he always brought something for the staff to eat donuts, shrimps you name it. It was always a pleasure to see his smiling face. My condolences go to his family especially Lisa. Prayers are with you and the family. Angels are already dispatched to cover you during this time. Remember all the wonderful days and times you all shared. Know that he is in good hands.
RIP Dr. Beatty
Submitted by Brenda Johnson on Sep 29 2017 11:42:21 PM
I was saddened to hear yesterday of the passing of Jerry Beatty. My condolences go to his family and colleagues. I worked with COL Beatty at " old " Womack at Fort Bragg. It was a pleasure to work and know this great American soldier.
RIP COL Beatty
Submitted by Cyndie Duckett on Sep 29 2017 11:28:16 PM
My thoughts and prayers go out to all who knew and loved this great man. I will miss him as a brother.
Submitted by Russ Jensen on Sep 29 2017 07:13:59 PM
Hello Beatty Family,I'm a neighbor living in Fayetteville.
Having heard of your most recent loss, I want to leave you a brief post. I too well know the grief of losing love ones, and that at times like these, it is encouraging just to know that others are thinking about us. Something that has really helped me to cope with such losses, is the wonderful promise of Christ Jesus, recorded for our comfort at John 5 : 28,29. I hope, that when you are feeling up to it, that you are going to look up these powerful Scriptures, in your copy of The Bible. Also, I hope that this brief note, finds The Family feeling as good as can be expected Today.
With Greatest Sympathy, Your Neighbor : P.D.Walker.
Submitted by P.D.Walker on Sep 29 2017 08:25:31 AM
Our practice was fortunate enough to capture Dr. Beatty as he was transitioning from his military career to the private sector. None of us quite what to expect from this larger than life figure and were a bit apprehensive. But what oh what a 'Gift'! He was great Boss, with an extremely generous nature, kind and humorous, always quick to offer commendation as opposed to criticism and laughter instead of anger. He will missed.
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