Gerald Leo "Jerry" Meyerson
J. Henry Stuhr Downtown Chapel
232 Calhoun Street
Charleston, SC
Gerald "Jerry" Leo Meyerson CHARLESTON - Gerald "Jerry" Leo Meyerson, 93, of Charleston, South Carolina, husband of Jane Pearlstine Meyerson, died peacefully surrounded by his family at his home Monday, March 9, 2015. His Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, March 11, 2015 in Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim Reform Temple at 11:00 a.m. Interment, KKBE Cemetery, Huguenin Avenue. Arrangements by J. HENRY STUHR INC., DOWNTOWN CHAPEL. Jerry was born December 19, 1921 in Spartanburg, SC, son of the late Louis A. Meyerson and Ella Levinson Meyerson. He graduated from Spartanburg High School at age 16 and entered The Citadel in 1938 as a member of the famous class of 1942. In 1940, he transferred to Duke University where he earned his B.A. and Law Degrees. After World War II he returned to Duke for one year for his Master of Law Degree. He remained a loyal Duke Blue Devil fan his entire life. When World War II broke out, Jerry was accepted in the Aviation Cadet Program of the Army Air Corps. After a year of training at Yale University in air to ground communication he was stationed in London. As a Second Lieutenant and a commanding officer of his unit he sailed to Europe on the Queen Mary with 12,000 troops aboard. He remained at U.S. headquarters in London until after V-E Day when it was moved to Paris, where he served as administrator of Orly Air Force Base. After V-J Day he transferred with U.S. headquarters to Germany. Following the War, Jerry practiced law in New York, Connecticut, and Charleston. Jerry moved back to Charleston in 1951 to help his father with the Worthmore Men's Store at the corner of King and George Streets. In 1952 he opened his own successful store, Richard's Men's Wear on King Street where he was a merchant for decades. In the 1970's when King Street was struggling, he formed the Local Development Corporation (LDC) which was instrumental in the revitalization of Charleston. He served as chairman of the LDC for over 20 years. This effort led to the building of Charleston Place, the renovation of the City Market, and the thriving downtown we enjoy today. Jerry was a member of the Country Club of Charleston for 63 years and spent numerous days there enjoying his favorite hobby, golf. He was a charter member of "The Little Rascals" Blitz and ran it for many years. He was an avid reader, sometimes reading a book per day, and solved the Sunday New York Times crossword puzzle each week. Jerry was widely recognized for his wit and humor. He and Jane enjoyed traveling the world and wintering in Palm Springs, CA. He was a long-standing member of KKBE where he was treasurer for many years and President of the Brotherhood. In addition to his wife, Jane, of 62 years, he is survived by his three daughters, Cathy Meyerson Kleiman of Charleston, SC, Ellen Meyerson Sheridan (Desmond) of Greensboro, NC, and Carol Meyerson Rice (Seth) of Isle of Palms, SC; six grandchildren, Jennifer Kleiman and Robert Kleiman of Charleston, SC, Graham Sheridan of Charleston, SC, Elliot Sheridan of Greensboro, NC, Annie Rice and Jane Rice of Isle of Palms, SC; along with numerous nieces and nephews, including special nieces, Jan Lipov and Susan Pearlstine of Charleston, SC; and his brother-in-law, Edwin Pearlstine. He was predeceased by his brother, Stanley Meyerson and his sister, Janet Meyerson Wetstone. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Charleston Friends of the Library, 68 Calhoun St., Charleston, SC 29401; ONE80 Place (formerly Crisis Ministries), PO Box 20038, Charleston, SC 29413; or to KKBE, 90 Hasell Street, Charleston, SC 29401. A memorial message may be sent to the family by visiting our website at Visit our guestbook at charleston

Published by Charleston Post & Courier from Mar. 10 to Mar. 11, 2015.
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A great friend, a generous man, & a great golf partner.
Mary & Bill Zobel
March 15, 2015
My Mother told me just this morning of Mr. Meyerson's passing. My father worked for him for nearly 25 years at 300 King St- Richard's Men's Wear. My brothers and I spent many hours sitting patiently on the old bench that greeted patrons at the front of the store. No matter how busy he was, Mr Meyerson took the time to ask each of us about school and our sports. My own father died 10 years ago and Mr Meyerson called my mom from California, sharing comforting and supporting words that meant so much to all of us. On behalf of my mom and sister, please accept our condolences on the passing of your husband, father, and friend.
Jamie Mitchum
March 12, 2015
Marsha and I send our heartfelt condolences on the loss of Jerry.
Larry & Marsha Freudenberg
March 12, 2015
I am so sorry to learn of Jerry's passing. So strange because I'm taking my son to Charleston, SC for spring break and wanted to look you up. The last time we were there was in 2000. Jerry was so close to Dad and Mary Gail, and they spent so many winters in the Palm Springs area. I'll get the word to Mary Gail's daughter, who looks after her. My very best to Jane and the rest of the extended family.
Ken Silverstein
March 11, 2015
I am so sorry for your loss! Jerry had a way of making everyone feel special. You are in my prayers!
Wendy Glover
March 11, 2015
Condolences, Jane and Cathy, but what a life well lived!
Peter Smyth
March 11, 2015
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