A Funeral Mass for Mr. Robert Cleveland Gerald, Jr. will be conducted 1:00 PM, Saturday, June 15, 2019 at St. Anthony's Catholic Parish, 2536 Hoffmeyer Road, Florence, with entombment to follow in Florence Memorial Gardens. He died on Sunday, June 9, 2019 in a local hospice facility after an illness.Robert was born on October 20, 1944 in Orangeburg, SC to Robert Sr. and Rosa Lee Bovian Gerald. He was educated in the public schools of Darlington County, and he graduated from Rosenwald High School in Society Hill, SC in 1962. Upon graduation from high school, he matriculated into Claflin College in Orangeburg, SC and graduated with a B.A. Degree in Social Science in 1967. While at Clafin, Robert pledged Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Further, he earned a M.A. degree in Human Resources Management from Pepperdine University in 1978.Robert taught at Darlington and Pine Middle Schools. Later, he was employed as a social worker with the Department of Social Services in both Colleton and Florence Counties until he retired. One of the most precious moments of Robert's spiritual life came to fruition on September 21, 2002 when he was ordained as a deacon at St. Anne Catholic Parish. He faithfully served his church until his health declined.Survivors include: his devoted and loving wife, Estelle Juanita Gelzer Gerald of the home; a dedicated son, Daniel B. Gerald (Dezette), and a dear daughter, Dr. Ashlei L. Gerald; three grandchildren whom he dearly loved and revered; Camron Gerald, Preston Gerald and Lela Rose Currie; an adopted grandson, Christopher McMillian; two sisters, Levian Gerald (John) Raiford and Valecia Gerald Jackson; one brother, Philemon (Verna) Gerald a sister-in-law, Lillian W. Gelzer; and a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives.The family is receiving friends at the home, 417 North Salem Drive, Florence. Memorials and Condolences may be mailed to Ideal Funeral Parlor, 106 E. Darlington Street, Florence, SC 29506 or visit www.idealfuneral.com to leave a message for the family.

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