January 27, 1935 ~ August 21, 2020

Born in: Gainesville, Georgia
Resided in: Snellville, Georgia

Gerald Andrew Brock of Snellville, GA passed away on August 21, 2020.

Gerald was born January 27, 1935, the second child of Mildred and Roscoe Brock. He survived polio when he was six years old and went on to be the valedictorian of his class. He proved to be dependable and hard working. He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. He gave great advice and enjoyed seeing the family flourish. He loved to laugh and the family often gifted him with joke books that he would pour over and read out loud to everyone. Gerald worked for Georgia Baptist Hospital in Atlanta for 50 years. In all that time he only missed 8 days of work and never missed a day for illness. A faithful and active member of Atlanta First United Methodist, Gerald served as treasurer of the St. Andrew’s Sunday School Class until the day he died.

Mr. Brock was preceded in death by his parents, Mildred and Roscoe Brock; and brothers, James Brock and Johnny Brock all of Gainesville.

Mr. Brock is survived by his wife of almost 57 years, Mattie Penland Brock; son and daughter-in-law David and Merrilee Sillay Brock of Lilburn, daughter and son-in-law, Suzanne & Brian Eplett of Lilburn; grandchildren, Andrew Brock, Asa Brock, Rhiannon Eplett, Wil Eplett, and Keith Eplett all of Lilburn; sisters Sara Jane Brock of Gainesville, Sheree Brock of Gainesville; Lauren Bracewell of Flowery Branch; sister and brother-in-law Marilyn and George Rutland of Tullahoma, TN; sister and brother-in-law, Karen and Dwight Griffin of Lula; brother, Jackie Brock of Gainesville; brothers and sisters-in-law, Randall and JoAnn Brock of Gainesville, Danny and Gelaine Brock of Gainesville; sister-in-law Evelyn Brock of Gillsville.

A public viewing will be held from 10:00AM- 12:00PM on Friday, August 28, 2020 at Wages & Sons Funeral Home, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway Lawrenceville, GA 30046. Mask are required inside the funeral home. The funeral home staff will control the number of folks in the viewing parlor to practice social distancing. Mattie Brock and her children and grandchildren will receive family and friends through a drive by visitation under the portico from 2:00- 4:00PM on Friday, August 28, 2020.

You may attend the online funeral service via live stream at 10:00AM on Saturday, August 29, 2020. You can view this by going to www.wagesandsons.com.

A private burial will be held at Dunagan Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.wagesandsons.com.

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Public Viewing: August 28, 2020 10:00 am - August 28, 2020 12:00 pm

Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel
1031 Lawrenceville Hwy.
Lawrenceville, 30046


Room: Parlor C&D

Visitation: August 28, 2020 2:00 pm - August 28, 2020 4:00 pm

Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel
1031 Lawrenceville Hwy.
Lawrenceville, 30046


Room: Under the Portico

Live Streamed Service: August 29, 2020 10:00 am - August 29, 2020 11:00 am

Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel
1031 Lawrenceville Hwy.
Lawrenceville, 30046


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  1. CandleImageOh dear ones. Praying for you all right now. Gerald was gentle and kind, with more strength and light than most of us ever knew. What a tremendous life and tremendous loss.

    I am undone at the thought that he is with Jesus, face to face — and that soon he will sing together with Mom & Dad, as they sit and talk and walk and run together, whole and unencumbered, fully loved and fully known.

    The truth of the gospel, the glory of the cross, the love of our savior…the veil is so very thin.

    Praying for you all…Mattie, David, Suzanne, Merrilee & Brian, and for each of Gerald’s well-loved grandchildren…that you would grieve well, tell all of the stories, laugh deeply, and know that every tear is treasured by your Father in heaven.

    With love,

  2. CandleImageTo all of the Brock family , we are so sorry for your loss . I will always remember how distinguished and well spoken Gerald was . I pray that God will ease your pain from this loss . In this time ,we also hope you are comforted knowing that others care for you and especially Gerald’s immediate family . God Bless you all .

  3. To all the Brock family.
    I want to tell you that I am sorry for your loss.
    My husband, Dan Buffington, mentioned Gerald many times to me in our conversations. He had good memories of your whole family.
    May God give you peace about his home going knowing you will see him again in heaven.
    God bless you all with the comfort that only God can give.

  4. CandleImageOur thoughts and prayers are with you all. Gerald’s legacy will live on through your love for each other and those around you. May you feel God holding you in the palm of His hand, comforting you as you grieve. With love from Robert, Pavan, Ansleigh and Luke Funk

  5. CandleImagePrayers for all of you as you grieve your loss. May your memories comfort you as time passes, and God’s loving arms hold you up and bring you peace. Love, Teresa & Fred

  6. CandleImageGerald will be missed by all. I remember his jokes and riddles as a kid. I also remember sitting next to him watching him draw pictures during visits to grandma’s house. He was intelligent, well spoken, and had a talent for many things. Cooking was one of his many gifts. Try as I might, I never was able to cook baked beans the way he did.

    Gerald impacted many lives in many different ways. His was a life well lived.

    We will continue to pray for Mattie as well as David, Suzanne, and their families.


    Jill (Brock) Coker

  7. CandleImageSuzanne and family,
    My heartfelt prayers are with you. What an amazing legacy and gentleman. Your family meant so so much to me – and were influential in so many ways. May God bless you in these coming days. Praying for peace and comfort, sweet friend.

  8. Gerald was my St. Andrew Sunday school classmate at Atlanta 1st UMC. He was somewhat reserved in class, but he would always perk up whenever we talked about his grandchildren. I could tell that he and Mattie were truly in love.

  9. CandleImageDear Mattie,
    Some people serve as quiet inspiration to others without being aware of it. Such can be said of you and Gerald. I wish, pray and hope for you and your family a time of grieving that is just long enough, whatever the length, and a time of joyous remebering that never ends.

    Thank you Gerald A. Brock.

    -Dorothy Ann Turnipseed
    Saint Andrew Class
    Atlanta First UMC

  10. How we hate you are going through this right now! Full of great family memories and loving feelings for your dear family.

  11. He was an exceptional friend for many years and will be missed by many. you are in my prayers daily. deepest sympathy to all.

  12. Beautiful service for an outstanding man who’s life was an example of courage, strength, love and generosity for us all. Our loss is Heaven’s gain. He will be missed. Praying for ya’ll.

    With Love,

    John H. Penland and Debra Penland

  13. Beautiful service to honor such an amazing man, husband, Father, Grandfather and Uncle. I know he was very proud of his family and especially each and every Grandchild. I think Merrilee described Gerald’s life best when she said “We could all do good to walk like Gerald”. Love and prayers from the Penland Family.

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