Remembering a hero: Army medic laid to rest in Liberty

The flag covered the casket of Army Spec. Jerry Offer is presented to his mother, Karen Sue Kearly, as her husband, Stephen Kearly, looks on.

The funeral for Army Spec. Jerry Offer was held on Thursday, May 6, at Cornerstone Church in Liberty. Offer died unexpectedly on April 24 at the age of 24. Following a service at Cornerstone Church, the hearse carrying his flag-draped casket was escorted to Cooke Memorial Cemetery in Liberty for burial and military honors, including a 21-gun salute and the presentation of flags to his family.

Offer was an Army medic who was nearing the end of his military service contract and was looking forward to pursuing an education in medicine. He had applied to and had been accepted by a number of Texas universities. His goal was to continue studying medicine and pursuing a career in that field.

Army Spec. Jerry Offer

Offer was the son of Karen Sue Kearly and Jeffery Lynn Offer of Liberty. He had lived in Liberty since the age of 10, around the same time he welcomed his stepfather, Stephen Kearly, into his life as a father figure, according to his obituary.

His funeral service was private but Bluebonnet News was allowed to photograph the graveside service with permission from his family and Allison Funeral Home.

Liberty Fire Department paid tribute to Army Spec. Jerry Offer on Thursday. Offer died unexpectedly on April 24 at the age of 24.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.


  1. So very sorry I had the honor of meeting him once and was such a nice and polite young man sending love and prayer to his beautiful family.

  2. So Sorry about the young man ,prayers for his beautiful wife amd his mom and all his family and friends .Heaven has another angel .God speed

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