Joseph Gerald “Jerry” Mattingly, 84, of Pinellas Park, FL, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on Friday, February 5th, 2021. Born February 22, 1936 in Lebanon, KY, he was the eldest son of the late Thomas Lee and Grace Lyon Mattingly. Jerry graduated from St. Charles High School in St. Mary, KY in 1954. Although he earned a B.A. in Speech and Journalism from University of Dayton in 1961, he was honored to be an integral part of the reunion committee and celebrate with the Class of 1958! Mr. Mattingly proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1958-1960. He had a ground-breaking sales job with Xerox Corp. from 1961-1972, earning many awards; enjoyed many successful years in real estate, including owning and operating Realty South, Inc.; and was Regional Sales Manager for Cad Cam, Inc. in Norcross, GA before retiring to Florida in 1997. He was a member of Rotary International and Jaycees in Dayton, OH, and World War II Roundtable in Atlanta, GA. He was also a proud member of Knights of Columbus, American Legion and AmVets in Pinellas Park, FL, and St. Matthew Catholic Church in Largo, FL. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Thomas Hugh “Stonewall” Mattingly. Survivors include: his wife, Mary (Savoca) Mattingly of Pinellas Park, FL; three children, Dr. Brian Fitzgerald (Bernadette) Mattingly of Daytona Beach, FL, Regina “Gina” Marie Mattingly of Smyrna, GA and Suzanne “Suzy” Mattingly Bratsch of Minnetonka, MN; two stepchildren, Julane (Patrick) Jones and Lynn Duzdar; six grandchildren, Dan Mauie (Tasha) Raquepo, Levi Mattingly, Aaron Mattingly, Hope Mattingly, Jackson Bratsch and Maggie Bratsch; and three step-grandchildren, Al, Justin and Ciara Duzdar. Jerry is also survived by the mother of his children, Marie (Skunza) Mattingly of Columbus, OH; sister-in-law Wanda Rhodes Mattingly of Lexington, KY; four brothers and six sisters, Rita (Charles D.) Ryan of Versailles, KY, Elizabeth Carol “Betty” Mattingly, Lawrence Dan (Janice) Mattingly, and Mary L. Hamilton, all of Louisville, KY, Mike (Jean) Mattingly of Hawesville, KY, Mabel (Jeff) Stilger of Wichita, KS, Ellen (Jim) Currey of Clearwater, FL, Fred (Pat) Mattingly of Kingsport, TN, Jane Mattingly of Lexington, KY, and Thomas Lee (Jennifer) Mattingly of Olive Hill, KY; and 35 loving nieces and nephews.
Jerry hosted a family and friends golf outing for 30+ years at Little Ocmulgee State Park, near McRae, GA. All the family golfers vow to continue this in his honor! He was an avid reader, a crossword aficionado, and a huge sports fan. He was positive and generous, loved to laugh, and never met a stranger! Jerry loved God and family above all else. He will be missed by all.
Per Jerry’s wishes, cremation was chosen. A Mass in celebration of his life will be held at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Largo, FL at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 20, 2021. A private interment will follow at the Bay Pines National Cemetery in St. Petersburg, FL at a date to be decided. The family is also planning a memorial service/celebration in Kentucky in the fall or next spring. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, please call or visit someone you love.