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 knew Dr. Beatty for over 15 years and was privileged to call him a friend and a colleague. We lost a true American hero this week. But his legacy will live forever. God Bless You Sir. Jeffrey Almony
Submitted by Jeffrey Almony on Sep 28 2017 11:22:05 AM
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Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry.
I am not there. I did not really die.
by Mary Elizabeth Fray sent by Dr. David and Phillis Thompson
Submitted by Dr. David and Phillis Thompson on Sep 28 2017 09:24:18 AM
I have known Jerry since 1978 when we were in school together at the Medical College of Virginia. The silliest thing I saw him do was after we had a snow storm in Richmond, Virginia we went sliding down a hill on cafeteria trays. Of course he was upset that he had to cancel his patients because we had a snow day. We were married for ten years. I held him up on a pedestal until this day when I found out he had passed from his good friend Rich. May he finally rest in peace.
Submitted by Colette Ellis on Sep 27 2017 09:13:53 PM
I'm so sorry about Dr beatty passing, he cease a good man and a very good dentist. He will be missed .he was my dentist for about 5 yrs.he was a good man. My prayers go out to his family.
Submitted by Gattis burnett on Sep 27 2017 06:38:23 PM
God bless and take care of you, Jerry. You were a superb mentor and leader for us in Kappa Alpha, sharing your military learned wisdom, guidance, and humor. Your presence will be missed by many.
Submitted by Jay Baskette on Sep 27 2017 11:43:42 AM
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Andy Blackwell lit a candle on Sep 27 2017 10:06:48 AM
When it comes to people I admired and respected, Jerry is at the top of my list. From his humble beginnings, his rise from the enlisted ranks to that of an officer, his pursuit of higher education, and his eventual goal of being an oral surgeon were attained by a work ethic and drive that few people possess. If anyone ever needed a role model they should have looked no further than Jerry.
He gave back as much as he took. And many, including my father and myself, are forever in his debt.
There are no more like Jerry and he will be sorely missed by all that he helped and those who respect what hard work and persevere can accomplish.
Rest in peace my friend...
Submitted by Andy Blackwell on Sep 27 2017 10:05:40 AM
My deep condolences to the Beatty family. Although, we have never met I have lost loved ones to the pain of death. And I would like to share what helped me during those most difficult times.
It wasn't just being around family & friends. But the hope & encouragement you get from the gift that the Most High God gave to each & everyone of us, yes that is His written word the Bible (Psalms 83:18 & 2Timothy 3:16).
Please, notice how God's precious son Jesus viewed death in such a gentle way. At John 11:11-14 yes he viewed death as one sleeping. And God gives us the assurance that there will be a resurrection of loved ones from the sting of death (John 5:28, 29). And He even says where they are are & where they will be (Daniel 12:2 & Psalms 37:11). May you look forward to God's promises being fulfilled (Titus 1:2).
I hope these few Scriptures were of some comfort. Please feel free to contact me or visit jw.org for more words of encouragement. Our daughter fell asleep in death and recently my precious husband of 50 years fell asleep in death also. I truly understand.
With deep sympathy,
Submitted by Sissy Dixon on Sep 27 2017 06:58:43 AM
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Gattis burnett lit a candle on Sep 27 2017 04:38:02 AM
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