Master Sergeant Jack Seritt U.S. Army Retired heard the bugle sounds of “Taps” turned off the lights and went to join the millions of fellow soldiers “over there” on January 15, 2021.
He was the last survivor of 10 children and was born Jan. 5, 1924 to James Robert (Bob) Seritt and Elizabeth (Lizzie) Seritt of Sugar Valley, Ga. In addition to his parents, Sergeant Seritt was preceded in death by his wife, Frances in 2001; and former wife, Ann Seritt; brothers, Hudson (Hut) Seritt, Calvin (Tab) Seritt and Dewitt Seritt; sisters, Celia Seritt Cochran, Dorothy Seritt Brumlow, Aline Seritt, Ruth Seritt Baker, Hazel Seritt Wester and Robbie Seritt Brown; plus and step-children, Sylvan and Fay Fox, Lewis E. Buddy Hicks, Mary Hicks Land, Jimmy L. Hicks, David Coker.
Sergeant Seritt attended grade school in Sugar Valley and graduated from Calhoun High School in the class of 1941.
Sergeant Seritt is survived by his son, Scott Seritt of Woodstock, GA; step-children and spouses, Roger Hicks and Carol Hicks of Rocky Face, GA, Kay Hicks Coker of Rocky Face, GA; daughter-in-law, Joyce Hicks of Tunnel Hill, GA; son-in-law Jerry Land of Dalton, GA; also several nieces and nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He is also survived by a special friend and companion, Azalea Thompson of Crandall, GA. His special friends at Dalton Family Practice, Bradley Wellness Center and the Senior Center were the ones he turned to when he needed help and comfort.
Sergeant Seritt served 24 years in the U.S. Army, a veteran of World War II in Europe, The Korean War (1950-1951) and the Vietnam era. His decorations and awards, among other recognitions include the National Defense Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Good Conduct Medal, (6th award) American Defense Service Medal, American Campaign Service Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign with three bronze service stars, Korean Service Medal with five bronze service stars and Korean Service Medal (awarded on the 50th anniversary of the Korean War). Also the Army of Occupation Medal (Europe), World War II Victory Medal and Army Commendation Medal, Meritorious Medal, Presidential Unit Citation and acknowledgement and several Letters of Appreciation, Commendations from General Officers while serving in the U.S., England, France, Germany, Belgium, Japan, and Korea. His most enjoyable service was a tour in Alaska in 1963-1965, returning there many times after retirement, also traveling to Mexico, Hawaii, Bahamas, Aruba and Puerto Rico. Traveling and being with family were his greatest enjoyments. Sergeant Seritt was a long time member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Graveside service will be held Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 12 p.m. at the Celebration Mausoleum at Ponders Whitfield Memorial Gardens with Andy Coker officiating. He will have full military honors.
A private visitation will be held Tuesday, Jan. 19, from 10-11:30 a.m. at Ponders Melrose Chapel. He will be laid to rest at the West Hill Cemetery with Matt Seritt, Bart Seritt, Matt Hicks, Derek Hicks, Chris Coker, and Tim Land serving as pallbearers.
Due to the national health crisis and the COVID-19 virus, masks must be worn properly at all times and social distancing must be observed when visiting the funeral home.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.pondersfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are by Ponders Melrose Chapel, 138 Melrose Dr., Dalton, GA 30721, (706) 226-4002.