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Jerl Kenneth Salmon
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  • American Diabetes Association
    107 West Park Blvd., Ste. 220
    Columbia, SC 29210
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  • American Heart Association of SC Memorial & Tributes Processing Center
    4217 Park Place Court
    Glen Allen, VA 23060

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“Betty and FamilyWe are deeply troubled to hear that Jerl has passed.In the midst of ongoing medicals myself we were not able toget together, as we...Read More »
1 of 2 | Posted by: JC and Gail Davidson - Covington, GA

“So sorry to hear of Zeke's passing. I wish I could have come to the visitation this evening to express my condolences to you in person Betty. I have...Read More »
2 of 2 | Posted by: Nancy Ward - Summerville, SC


Jerl "Zeke" Kenneth Salmon, 86, of Charleston, South Carolina, husband of Betty Roberts Salmon entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. The family will receive friends Friday, March 10, 2017 at J. HENRY STUHR INC., WEST ASHLEY CHAPEL, 3360 Glenn McConnell Parkway from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. His funeral service will be held on Monday March 13, 2017 at the graveside in Maplewood Cemetery, Harrison, Arkansas.

Zeke, son of the late Thomas Baker Salmon and Mary Frances Taylor Salmon, was born the eighth of ten children on December 21, 1930 in Bass, Arkansas. He graduated in 1948 from Valley Springs High School in Valley Springs, AK and attended Arkansas Technical University from 1948-1950. Mr. Salmon served as a Sergeant in the United States Army Reserves from 1954-1957. During his breaks from school, Zeke would travel between Arkansas and the Cortes Dam, where he worked near Casper, Wyoming.

In 1952 he met and married the love of his life, Betty Roberts, of Green Forest, AK, with whom he shared a loving relationship with for 64 1/2 YEARS. During that time, he worked for a company called Merchant's Supply, later known as Sav-A-Stop Inc. In 1964 he moved to Farmington, MO to help start a company called Non-Foods Inc., a division of Wetterau Inc, where he served as Assistant General Manager. In 1972 he moved to Charleston, SC to start another Non-Foods Inc. In 1990 Wetterau Inc was purchased by SuperValu Inc, where he continued to serve as Division President and General Manager until he retired in 1992.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Betty, of Charleston, SC, daughter, Lisa Bigby (Mack); daughter-in-law, Mary Salmon; brother Joe, and sister Mary Pat Breath; granddaughters, Bailey and Grace Tapert, Hannah and Sarah Salmon; grandsons, Jonathan and Brad Salmon. He is also survived by his great-grandchildren, Bailee Phillips, Brian and Mary Jane Salmon. He was predeceased by his son, Joe Jody Gordon (Mary) and his siblings, Bethel, Earl, Bill, Gladys, Imogene, Roy, and Gordon.

Memorials may be made to either the American Diabetes Association, Inc., 107 West Park Boulevard, Suite 220 Columbia, SC 29210, or American Heart Assoc. of SC Memorial Processing Center, 4217 Park Place Court. Glen Allen, VA 23060.