October 9, 2020, 53, Goldsboro
MSgt Gerald Wayne DeBlanc, 53, United States Air Force (retired), of San Antonio, Texas, transitioned from labor to Reward on October 9, 2020 after a nearly 9 month battle with Pancreatic Cancer. Gerald was born February 27, 1967 in Liberty, Texas to June DeBlanc and the late Robert DeBlanc. He peacefully entered into eternal rest with his wife and son by his side. Affectionately known as Honey by his wife, Jerry by his family, and named Ted by his sister-in-law Zinita Fraiser and repeated by other family members. Gerald is a Child of God and is a member of St. Mark Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ in Goldsboro, NC under the leadership of Bishop Alton A. Smith, Pastor.
Gerald graduated from Liberty High School in June 1985 before entering the United States Air Force November 15, 1985. His career took him to England, Florida, North Carolina and Virginia not to mention three deployments to Saudi Arabia in support of Operation Desert Shield. He retired from the U.S. Air Force January 31, 2006 at Langley AFB in Hampton Virginia after more than 20 years of honorable service. After retiring from the U.S. Air Force, he stepped back into his same job but as a U.S. Government Civilian employee where he remained until he passed away.
Gerald truly enjoyed his Government career and the wonderful people whom he had the pleasure of working with and forming friendships with at the AEF Center Randolph A.F.B, Texas. Gerald is a man of character; a humble, generous, hardworking, and most of all kind man. He loved to watch and play basketball until he tore his ACL and Meniscus. However, he went on to coach his son Brandon in basketball for many years as well as coached his football team. He was a loving gentle soul who also volunteered his time with various organizations and would give you the shirt off his back.
Gerald was blessed to receive many educational accomplishments. He earned a Master’s of Art in Management from Wayland Baptist University and was three courses shy of an MBA from Wayland Baptist University as well. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Technical Management as well as an Associate in Science in Technical Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Gerald also earned an Associate in Applied Science in Munitions Systems Technology from the Community College of the Air Force.
He is survived by his mother, June DeBlanc of Liberty, Texas; his mother-in-law, Bertha King of Goldsboro, NC; his loving wife of 23 years, Yvette DeBlanc and a son Brandon DeBlanc both of their home in San Antonio, Texas; one sister, Debra Jobe and husband Gary of Spring, Texas; two brothers, Anthony DeBlanc and wife Chantay of Katy, Texas; Frederick DeBlanc of Liberty, Texas; two brother-n-laws, Major Ivo King Jr. and wife Monika of Goldsboro, NC; Darrell Fraiser of McDonough, Georgia; two sister-n-laws, Gabrielle King of Goldsboro, NC and Zinita Fraiser of Raeford, NC; a Godson Austin Combs of San Antonio, TX and a host of other aunts nephews, nieces other relatives and friends.
In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his father-in-law Major Ivo King Sr.
In lieu of flowers, please make any donations to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in his memory.
The family is in the care of Howell Funeral Home & Crematory in Goldsboro.