Farmer and retired UPS driver Jerry L. Trice sadly passed away in his home in Denton on Dec. 16, 2022. He is survived by his daughter, Heather Trice; brother, Joseph Trice (wife, Debbie Trice); and cats, Louie, Mokie and Sugar. He was predeceased by his parents, Lester Trice Sr., and Dorothy Trice; his brother, Lester Trice, Jr.; his wife, Pamela Trice; and beloved dog, Duke.

Jerry was born on Aug. 9, 1956 in Seaford. After graduating from Seaford Senior High School in 1974, he worked at Vernon Powell Shoes. He later became a UPS driver and delivered from Salisbury to Ocean City and down to VA. He proudly earned a 27 year safe driving award, and was voted into the UPS Circle of Honor. Jerry married Susan (Weimer) Trice in 1980, and they had one child, Heather, in 1983. He was extremely proud of her and would always brag about her to anyone who would listen. 

He played slow pitch softball for “Wayne’s BP,” was a former Seaford Jaycee member, and was a member of the Seaford Volunteer Fire Department. Jerry loved to bowl and played on many leagues. He won multiple awards and even bowled on the Seaford Bowling Lanes traveling league. He loved to hunt and fish with annual fall trips to Maine with his brother, Joe, and friends to collect one or two new deer heads for his wall. He loved and owned a variety of boats and would enjoy fishing, crabbing, and boasting about his catches. He entered a bunch of fishing tournaments, and would enjoy the occasional offshore tuna fishing trip. He was Mr. Fix-It, and took pride in multiple projects like digging out and building a basement, constructing a two-bay garage, building a large play set for his daughter, and rewiring a Mercury boat motor with his friend, Lou Torbert. 

In 1999 after his divorce, he renewed his faith in God and began attending St. John’s Methodist Church again.  He sponsored many within AA, and shared his personal experiences, strengths, and hopes to guide others through recovery. Jerry remarried in 2005 to Pamela Neal Good. He moved to Pam’s farm in Denton and began learning how to raise chickens. Within a short time, he finished up with a 1.52 flock feed conversion and held first place for his last year of growing with Allen’s. He later became a vegetable and produce farmer, specializing in tomatoes that people would come from all around to buy, including Elmer’s Market. He helped rebuild Elmer’s Market and grew vegetables for them for five years before a change in management. With his attention to detail and strong work ethic, he had the straightest rows of crops and kept his 1.5 acre garden free of weeds. He was excited for this upcoming year of crops, and couldn’t wait to get to work in the fields. 

He was an extremely hard worker, had a lot of pride and always did his best with everything he touched. He shared the funniest stories, and once he got laughing he couldn’t stop and neither could the listener! We’re very thankful for the time we had with him, and he will forever be in our hearts.

Funeral services were held on Dec. 26 in Seaford at the Cranston Funeral Home. Burial followed the viewing and services in the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Seaford. 

“The pain of missing you is a beautiful reminder of the joy of loving you.” -Dean Jackson

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