September 23, 2021

Jerome R. Teal, Jr.

Jerome R. Teal, Jr. “Preacher Teal”, age 88 of Franklin, passed away January 1, 2021.

He was born January 10, 1932 in Heard County, Georgia, son of the late Jerome R. Teal and Fannie Mae “Mamie” Hester Teal.

He proudly served as a sergeant in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.

He worked for General Motors for 30 years and pastored Paran Baptist Church in Roanoke, AL from 1974 – 1977 and Harmony Grove Baptist Church in Dallas, GA from 1979 – 1982.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Addie Virginia Teal; sister, Tommie Teal Thompson, Hazel Teal; brother, Nathan Teal; and grandson, David Thompson.

Survivors include a sister, Agatha Janney of Franklin; his children, Angela Teal Thompson (Mike) of Franklin, Teresa Teal Miller (Marvin) of Temple, Michael Teal (Julie) of Canton, and Adam Teal (Lydia) of Buchanan; grandchildren, Pamela Hickman (Ryan) of Birmingham, Caitlin Mabe (Caleb) of Wilmington, NC, Morgan Thompson of Franklin, Randall Miller (Mary Kea) of Newnan, Sawyer Miller (Alex) of Ballground, Jordan Miller (Taylor) of Newnan, Andrew Teal of Canton, Adrienne Teal of Canton, Alex Teal of Canton, Grant Teal of Buchanan, Kenleigh of Buchanan, and Liam Teal of Buchanan;  great grandchildren, Ellison Kea Miller (Randall), Wyatt Dean Miller (Sawyer) and Preston James Hickman ( Pamela); and a number of nieces, and nephews.

Graveside service will be conducted Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 12:00 PM from Unity Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Adam Teal and Rev. Darnell Teal officiating.

Pallbearers will be Grant Teal, Ryan Hickman, Alex Teal, Randall Miller, Jordon Miller, and Sawyer Miller.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the New Brooklyn Baptist Church at 124 New Brooklyn Church Road, Temple, GA 30179.

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Martin and Hightower Heritage Chapel has charge of the arrangements.

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