New Bern, N.C. -- Jerry Dwayne Scoggins, 66, went to be with his Savior on Monday April 7, 2014 after a fourteen year battle with early-onset Alzheimer's disease. Always humble and always hopeful in his one true Hope, Jerry touched the lives of many until his very last breath, willing to let his own suffering be a testament to God's great power, love and strength. And He who promised has been faithful, carrying Jerry and his family to the very end.Jerry was born in Jackson, MS, graduated from Provine High School in Dothan, AL, and finished his education with a B.A. in Business from the University of Alabama. He served as a Captain in the U.S. Army before starting a successful sales career with technology giants 3M, ITT, Aspect Communications, and Avaya. He was a passionate personality who lit up a room with his presence. Whether it be as the loudest cheerleader at his daughter's swim meet, with his family at a presidential inauguration or his son's graduation from an elite art school, Jerry was known and heard and loved. He accepted his diagnosis with grace and humility, spending his remaining years with his wife and family, traveling as much as possible, dancing to beach music on the porch in the Emerald Isle sun, and walking his dog, Montana. He wondered how he could walk with Jesus when his mind was gone, but as so many have witnessed, Jesus was true to His promise never to leave him nor forsake him. His sweet, gentle spirit shone through with his new friends at Home Place, and he was ever watchful and protective over the very least and tenderhearted toward all. Jerry has been upheld with God's righteous right hand and sheltered beneath his mighty wing, evidenced until the very end. He is survived by his beloved wife of 42 years, Susan Gore Scoggins, of Emerald Isle; brothers: Gene Scoggins of Baton Rouge, LA and Jimmy Scoggins of Clinton, MS; children: Amanda Steele and her husband, Jason, of Raleigh, NC, Mark Scoggins of Pasadena, CA, Katie Slawinski and her husband, Dave, of Raleigh, NC, and six grandchildren: grandsons Granville, Fletcher, McCauley, Charlie and Jack and one granddaughter, Molly Kate. He was preceded in death by his parents, country singer, Burlin "Slim" Scoggins and Lenora Winters Scoggins both of Clinton, MS. The family wishes to thank the wonderful, caring staff at Home Place New Bern, who cared for him so lovingly as if he was their own. Sue has kept a heartfelt blog of their journey at www.suescoggins.com/blog and wishes for others who battle this disease to know that they are not alone.A celebration of his life will be held on Wednesday April 9, 2014, 11am at Providence Baptist Church, Glenwood Ave., in Raleigh with Pastor David Horner officiating.Reception to follow after the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer's North Carolina.Arrangements by Kahlert Funerals & Cremations in Maysville, NC.