Jerry Otho Cleveland

February 25, 1943 – January 24, 2022

Jerry Otho Cleveland, 78, of Indian Mound Road, Verona, died Monday, January 24, 2022, at his home surrounded by family.

Mr. Cleveland was born in Augusta County, Virginia on February 25, 1943, the son of the late Joseph Paul and the late Frances Virginia (Stogdale) Cleveland.

Jerry was a member of Laurel Hill Baptist Church. He was the owner/operator of Jerry O. Cleveland Hauling, he was a member of the Verona Ruritan Club, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, a member of Woodmen Life Chapter 167, and a member of the Augusta County 4-H/FFA Salon Board of Directors market animals. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, collecting toys and junk, and he enjoyed telling stories.

In addition to his parents, Jerry was predeceased by his son-in-law, Jerry W. McCray Jr; grandson, Tyler S. Swisher and great-granddaughter, Aubrey Lee Gutshall-McCray.

Left to cherish his memories is his lifelong companion, Toni A. Neeley; two sons, Jeffrey M. Cleveland and his wife, Lisa and Todd M. Cleveland and his wife, Angela, both of Verona; two daughters, Dana C. McCray of Verona, and Sheryl C. Swisher and her husband, David of Raphine; five grandchildren, Justin L. McCray, Kristie D. Guyer and her husband, Dakota, Elizabeth C. Peters and her husband, Chris, Christopher T. Cleveland and his wife, Payton, and JP Cleveland (Chloe Brown); seven great-grandchildren, Brendan, Carson, Dawson, Emerson, Mason, Madelynn and Marlo; Jerry (younger brother) Anthony Hanger; and special pet dogs “Harvey”, “Fred”, and “Archie”.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, January 30, 2022 at Coffman Funeral Home and Crematorium.

A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, January 31, 2022 at the Coffman Funeral Home Chapel by Pastor Bill Davis.

Interment will follow in Oaklawn Memorial Gardens. Active holders will be Justin McCray, Christopher Cleveland, Brendan Gutshall, JP Cleveland, Chris Peters, Dakota Hizer, Anthony Hanger and Scott Buchanan. The honor bearers will be members of the Verona Ruritan Club and members of the Board of Directors of the Market Animal Show.

The family would like to express a special “thank you” to the Augusta Health Hospice in Shenandoah.

Those who wish are encouraged to make memorial contributions to the Augusta County 4-H/FFA Market Animal Show Building Fund, PO Box 2841, Staunton, VA 24402, (Make checks payable to Augusta Market Animal Show .)

Coffman Funeral Home and Crematory, 230 Frontier Drive, Staunton is responsible for his arrangements.

Condolences can be expressed to the family online at

Published by The News Virginian on January 27, 2022.