American Veteran 04

Jerome John Golden, Sr.

July 7, 1940 ~ November 26, 2023 (age 83) 83 Years Old

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Jerome John Golden, Sr., better known as “Jay” or “Gdaddy”, passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by loved ones on Sunday, November 26, 2023. Jay was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He enjoyed fishing, books and movies about history, trips to the casino, and family beach vacations in the Outer Banks. 

Jerome was born on July 7, 1940 in Pennsylvania to the late James and Lottie Eva Golden. He and his siblings, Patricia Witulski (Robert), Karen Rowlands (Hank), and Michael Golden (Cindy) grew up in Buffalo, New York. 

Jay enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps on October 23, 1958. As a Marine, he was active in Cuba in the early 1960s and completed two tours in Vietnam with the 3rd Battalion 9th Marines in the late 1960s. Jay was a Drill Instructor at the Officer Candidates School at Quantico and retired as the 1st Sergeant of the Headquarters and Service Battalion in 1980, with 22 years of service. After retiring from the Marine Corps, Jay earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Science and worked as a Biomedical Technician for Mary Washington Hospital for over 20 years. In his retirement, Jay loved to spend time with his family. 

Jay shared 52 years in marriage with the love of his life, Gloria. They were married on December 10, 1971 and have three children, Tammy Berfield (Rex), Kimberly Gaines (Tom), and Jerome Golden, Jr. (Tara). Jay has four grandchildren, Jeniffer Doyle (Justin), Alyssa Crow (Matt), Harrison, and Harlowe. Jay has four great-grandchildren, Jase, Cole, Lane, and Collins. Jay also has many beloved nieces and nephews. Of all of his numerous accomplishments throughout his life, his family was his biggest joy.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, December 5, 2023 at Covenant Funeral Service, 1310 Courthouse Road Stafford, VA 22554. A funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 6 at the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow in Quantico National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or the Tunnel to Towers Foundation.


Services

Visitation
Tuesday
December 5, 2023

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Covenant Funeral Service, Stafford
1310 Courthouse Road
Stafford, VA 22554

Service
Wednesday
December 6, 2023

11:30 AM
Covenant Funeral Service, Stafford
1310 Courthouse Road
Stafford, VA 22554

Interment following funeral service
Wednesday
December 6, 2023

Quantico National Cemetery
18424 Joplin Road
Triangle, VA 22172

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