Gerald Joseph Catts

August 14, 1942 - September 28, 2023
Gerald Joseph Catts

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Gerald “Jerry” Joseph Catts, 81, of Wilmington, North Carolina passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 28, 2023 after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Jerry was born on August 14, 1942, in Washington, DC. He grew up in District Heights, Maryland. He raised his family in Huntingtown, Maryland.

He was the loving husband of Joanne Darden Catts for 51 years and the son of the deceased William Samuel Catts and Helen Gorrick Catts.

Jerry’s siblings included Michael Catts (deceased) of Catlett, Virginia, Mary Ann McCrae, Daniel Catts, John Catts (deceased), Tricia Conley, James Catts, and Gregory Catts (deceased) of Rehoboth, Delaware.

He was the loving father of Christopher Darden Catts of Clover, South Carolina, Sean Michael Catts of Burgaw, North Carolina, Ashley Marie Thornton of Wilmington, North Carolina, and Megan Elizabeth Sears of Chevy Chase, Maryland. His sons-in-law Marco Thornton and Ty Sears, and daughter-in-law Kristy Rogers Catts were embraced in his family. He was Gramps to Davis, Shea, Emma, Nathan, Darden, Luke, Lane, Max, Kate, Brooke, and Liam and he loved watching them grow up.

Gerald had a beautiful life with many deep friendships. He graduated from Frostburg State University and taught 6th grade in Prince George’s County, Maryland for 30 years. He was a devout Catholic attending St. Mark Catholic Church and regularly volunteered in the community. His fondest pastimes were ski trips, camping, and beach vacations with family and friends. In retirement, Jerry enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, supporting the UNCW basketball team, gardening, and traveling. His most memorable trips were traveling with family to St. Croix, Paris, Great Britain, Ireland, and Rome. Jerry will be greatly missed by everyone who knew and loved him.

We would like to thank the healthcare providers who supported his fight against Parkinson’s. Our family was incredibly touched by the care that he received over the years from Dr. Ross Terry and his wife, Christina Terry, at Healthy Seniors Physical Therapy & Wellness. Also, a special thank you to the staff of August Healthcare who took wonderful care of Jerry and our family during his last weeks. And, to Amedisys Hospice who interceded to ensure his last days were pain-free and his family was comforted.

A Celebration of Life Mass will be held at St. Mark Catholic Church on October 12, 2023 at 11 am, with a reception to follow in the parish hall. The family will meet visitors prior to the service starting at 10 am in the St. Mark gathering space. Private inurnment will occur in the church Columbarium following the mass. Visitors should feel free to go over to parish hall following mass and immediate family will meet them there after inurnment.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donating to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research at The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research | Parkinson’s Disease (

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  • October 17, 2023
    Terry Knuebel says:
    Sending love and prayers for the family. Jerry was a dear man, and a wonderful example of a husband and father.

  • October 12, 2023
    Cecil & Giorgina says:
    Jerry was a amazing person. We were so happy to have him as part of our extended family. He will be missed dearly. RIP our dear friend!

  • October 11, 2023
    Hank Hanburger says:
    So very sorry to hear of Jerry's passing. He was my "Big Brother" when I pledged our fraternity during my freshman year. His kindness and guidance offered me relief from the onslaught of the first year demands of college life. This world lost a kind soul and a wonderful person. RIP Jerry!

  • October 09, 2023
    Peggy Germano says:
    Joann I am so sad to hear of your husband death and want to offer my sincere condolences to you and your family!! I pray for comfort for you and hope to be in touch soon. With loving thoughts Peggy

  • October 06, 2023
    Charles Shuff says:
    I apologize if these are duplicate comments. Jerry I will always remember riding around the Capital Beltway in the 69 Chevy Camario convertible (aka the Golden Palamino) with the top down and the wind blowing through your prematurely gray hair listening to your wry humor as you opined on worldly matters. Rest in peace my friend.