January 21, 1940 - February 18, 2022
Jerry Welles Poston, Sr; age 82, of Palestine, Texas, passed away peacefully with his daughters
at his side, on Friday, February 18, 2022, in Tyler, Texas after a long illness.
Jerry was born January 21, 1940, in McKinney, Texas to Jim and Margie Poston. He grew up in McKinney,
Texas with his two younger sisters, Kayren, and Jamie. After graduating high school in 1958, he
attended North Texas State in Denton, Texas for a time and then moved to Dallas later to work
with Woods Industries. While in Dallas, he met the love of his life, Linda Kay Barnes. They were
married September 29, 1962.
That same year, Jerry joined the United States Air Force and spent time in England, Germany,
and New Mexico. After his honorable discharge, he worked in hospital housekeeping for several
years. He eventually fulfilled his dream of starting his own commercial cleaning and
landscaping business, Poston and Associates. Ever since, The Poston’s have lived in many
places but most of their married life was spent in Plano and Lucas with a recent move to
Palestine in 2013.
Jerry enjoyed the hobby of drag boat racing, blown gas hydro, with the Southern Drag Boat
Association, racing at events across the southern United States. He also was involved with his
son, Jay, in Enduro go-cart racing then switched to Mini Sprint dirt track racing. He just loved
tinkering on anything with an engine. He also enjoyed keeping a beautiful yard, and especially
loving his many grandchildren (and great grandchildren!)
Jerry and Kay had four children, Tammy, Kelly, Stacey, and Jay, each of whom went on to model
his character and his integrity in their own life successes.
Jerry is preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Margie Poston, his son, Jerry “Jay” Poston, Jr,
and his granddaughter, Katherine “Katie” Reed Swagler.
Jerry leaves behind his wife, Linda Kay, of almost 60 years, of Palestine, Texas his children,
Tammy Cay Swagler and her husband David, of Aurora, Colorado, Kelly Michelle Smith and her
husband Mike of Palestine, Texas and Stacey Lynn Cambron and her husband Charles of
Dayton, Ohio; grandchildren, Jake and Sam Swagler, Riley and McKenna Smith, Chase, Rachel,
Elizabeth, Joshua and Caleb Cambron, and Treven Poston, son of Jay; great-grandchildren
include Karlie and Everleigh, Charlie, Saylah, Lane, Everett, Dawson and Ryan; his sisters, Kayren Arnold of McKinney, Texas and Jamie Cates of Dallas, Texas and several nieces and nephews.
Services, lovingly coordinated by Senior Funeral Director, Don Dodd and North Dallas Funeral
Home, will be held for Jerry on Tuesday March 1st, 2022, at Wilson Chapel & Cemetery, 100
Chapel Lane, McKinney, Texas 75069.
Visitation will begin at 1:00 pm followed by the
Celebration of Life at 2:00 PM with interment immediately following at Wilson Chapel Cemetery.