Gerald Wendell Lucas, 68, transitioned on Sunday, November 24, 2019, at Mary Washington Hospital, Fredericksburg, Virginia. Gerald was the son of Randolph and Annie Lucas. He was married to Garnetta Anderson for 46 years. From this union three children were born, Daryl, Brittany and Karey.
Gerald attended public schools in Hanover County Virginia and graduated from John M. Gandy High School. Upon graduation he attended Virginia State College (currently Virginia State University). He decided he wanted to join the armed forces so from 1973 to 1975 he served in the U.S. Army. Upon exiting the Army he furthered his education and received a Master's Degree from Virginia Tech University.
Gerald was a true educator at heart and spent his time imparting his knowledge and skills to the students at Garfield High School in Woodbridge, Virginia. After 34 years of dedicated service, he tenured his resignation and embarked on a new lifestyle as a retiree.
Upon becoming a resident of Stafford, he explored the community and his new surroundings, engaged in conversations and showed himself friendly. His friendliness evolved into lasting friendships. No one was a stranger but a friend to be had. His exploration led him to his neighbors, Jackie and Jimmy Adderton. They became fast friends and extended an invitation to Gerald and his family to worship with them at their church. Gerald accepted that invitation and began to be a regular attendee. And in 1996 he and his family joined Mt. Hope Baptist Church, Brooke.
Gerald proved to be a great Christian and worker and under the pastoral leadership of the late Rev. Dr. George O.A. Lowe, he was elected as a trustee. His commitment and insight led to his election as Chairman of the Trustees, serving dutiful for numerous years. His enthusiastic service enlarged his territory and he spread out into other ministries. He served on the Budget/Finance Committee, President of the Brotherhood, Assistant Sunday School Teacher and Vacation Bible School Teacher. He was loyal in service until he was met with health challenges; and eventually, failing health. Even then his concern for the church never waned.
Like his father, Gerald loved to engage in conversations centered around God and His love, grace and mercy. He would spend hours engaging and sharing, always relaying His personal experience.
Gerald was very kind and an all around kind of guy. He had a great love for family and community. Building model cars was his passion. He was always building cars and going to car shows. He shared his passion and held classes, open to youngsters and anyone else who wanted to join in to “build a car.” Gerald also enjoyed a good old fashioned belly laugh. Love and laughter was always in the atmosphere when Gerald was around.
Gerald was preceded in death by his father, Randolph, and daughter, Brittany, and leaves to cherish his memories his wife, Garnetta; son, Daryl (Shannon); daughter, Karey; three grandchildren, Savannah, Jackson, and Charlotte; mother, Annie Lucas; two sisters, Barbara Miller and Beverly Robinson (Nathaniel); three sisters-in-law, Thelma Smithers (Wortham), Mary Mines and Marion Harris; three brothers-in-law, Melvin Anderson (Evelyn), John Anderson (Gloria) and Ernest Anderson (Cleo); one aunt, Celestine Mickens; Goddaughter, Nikia Sandwell; devoted friends, Rev. and Mrs. Pierre and Reanartle Turner, Demetria Bratcher, Bill Braxton, John Campbell, Rachel Campbell, Tim Holt, Jerry Moore, Tim Shelton, Roderick Trent, and Janet White; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
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