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Jerry Merl Nail, 68, of the New Wehdem Community of Austin County, passed away Monday, July 28, 2008 at St. Joseph’s Regional Health Center in Bryan.

Jerry was born June 22, 1940, in Carthage, Texas to Walter L. and Maurine Grafton Nail.  On March 15, 1953, he was baptized in First Baptist Church of Bellville and confirmed October 11, 1964 by Rev. Willard Rother at St. James Lutheran Church of New Wehdem.  He was a graduate of Bellville High School, Class of 1958, where he excelled in baseball and other sports.  He received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville in January 1961.

On August 5, 1962 he married Anna B. Sander, his wife of almost 46 years, at St. James Lutheran Church of New Wehdem.

Jerry began his life-long insurance career at the Hartford Insurance Company in Houston in January of 1961.  He joined Anco Insurance in Bryan where he remained for nineteen years.  He then continued as an insurance agent in the Bryan and Brenham areas.

After retirement in 1999, he enjoyed the pleasures of the family farm that included gardening, sharing his harvests with relatives and friends alike.  He also enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and going to baseball games and other sporting events.  His special joy was spending time with his grandson, Connor Adams.  Jerry was a member of St. James Lutheran Chuch of New Wehdem and a member of the Pleasant Hill/New Wehdem Rifle Club.

His maternal grandparents Fate and Lillian Grafton, paternal grandparents Homer and LuElla Nail, his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Arnold and Rella Sander and many aunts and uncles preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife Anna B. Nail of the New Wehdem Community; his parents, Walter and Maurine Nail of Bellville; son and daughter-in-law James Bradley and Janna of College Station; daughter Julie Adams and grandson Connor Adams of Brenham; brothers and sisters-in-law Horace and Myrna Nail of Brookshire and Owen and Janice Nail of Athens, Georgia; also numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 30 in Brenham Memorial Chapel.

Funeral services for Jerry Nail will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 31, 2008 in St. James Lutheran Church of New Wehdem with Pastor Virgil Pecht officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers are Larry Reed, Ralph Tiemann, Charlie Sommer, Alan Wienecke, Scott Adams, Gary Poole and Earl Schwenke.  Serving as honorary pallbearers are Otto Krause, Bobby Starbuck, Leeland Rinn, Fritz Newmann, Art Remmert, Doublas Mewis and all members of Pleasant Hill/New Wehdem Schooting Club.

Memorials may be given to St. James Lutheran Church Cemetery Fund or to the American Cancer Society.

Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel in Brenham.

Posted by Joy Neely


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