Jerry Ray Mezo

Jul 12th, 1945 - Nov 9th, 2020


Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home

Wed, Nov. 11th, 2020 2:00 PM ~ 4:00 PM


Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home

Wed, Nov. 11th, 2020 4:00 PM


Oakwood Cemetery

Herrin- Jerry Ray Mezo, age 75, of Herrin, passed away at 6:20pm on Monday, November 9, 2020 at Herrin Hospital.

Jerry was born in Herrin on July 23, 1945, the son of Horace and Wanda (Fox) Mezo. He married Cheryl Finney in Herrin in August of 1974. She preceded him in death on February 5, 2010. He later married Mary Delores “Sadie” (Williams) Tolbert in Herrin on June 23, 2016. She survives in Herrin.

Prior to Jerry’s retirement, he had worked various positions at Maytag. He was a member of Christian Covenant Fellowship. He always looked forward to breakfast with his brothers, traveling, playing Bingo, and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He will forever be remembered was a child at heart.

Survivors include his wife- Mary “Sadie” Mezo of Herrin

Daughter- Brandy and Lance Haas of Sorento, IL

Son- Troy and Thelma Steele of Missouri

Daughter- Tracy Steele of Herrin

Step-Daughter- Patricia Tolbert of Marion

Step-Son- Bobby Tolbert of Herrin

Step-Daughter- Belinda Tolbert of Herrin

Eleven Grandchildren

Ten Step-Grandchildren

Eleven Great Grandchildren

Twenty Step- Great Grandchildren

Brother- Frank and Virginia Mezo of Herrin

Brother- Don and Lucy Mezo of Marion

Brother- Ron Mezo of Herrin

Brother- Winston Mezo of Carbondale

Several Nieces and Nephews

He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, and two grandchildren.

Funeral services to celebrate Jerry’s life will be held at 4:00pm on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home in Herrin with Rev.  Gene Crain and Pastor Brent Pyles officiating.  Inurnment will take place at Oakwood Cemetery at a later date.  A time of visitation will be held from 2:00pm-4:00pm on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home in Herrin.

For those who prefer, memorial donations may be made to an adult literacy program or Life Source Food Pantry of West Frankfort.  Envelopes will be available and accepted at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home; 201 S. 13th Street; Herrin, IL 62948.  For more information, or to sign the memorial guest register, please visit

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6 Guestbook Messages


    From: Herrin, Illinois

    Date: November 10, 2020

    So sorry for your loss, thoughts and prayers for all the family, Jerry will be missed by many!

  • Guest: Linda Brandon ~Walker

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: November 10, 2020

    Sadie and family
    My deepest sympathy in your loss of Jerry. My love and prayers are with you now and in the days ahead. Jerry was a very sweet man. He will be missed. ❤️🙏🏻

  • Guest: pamala leonard

    From: Herrin, Illinois

    Date: November 11, 2020

    Prayers to the family. We love you all. Love from Pam & Terry

  • Guest: Cathy Hendrickson

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: November 11, 2020

    You will be missed at Chuck’s BQ and getting to be your waitress. Enjoyed waiting on you every week.

  • Guest: Victor l Allen

    From: charlotte, North Carolina

    Date: November 11, 2020

    I am so sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Guest: Dixie L. Richardson

    From: Carterville, Illinois

    Date: November 13, 2020

    Sadie, I am so very sorry for your loss. I know you and Jerry had some really good times together and you have great memories. May those memories give you comfort in the days to come. Dixie