Oscar H. Geralds, Jr.
Funeral Time: Thursday, April 19th at 1:00PM
Oscar H. Geralds, Jr., husband of Frankie Barker Geralds, passed away at home on April 15, 2018. He was born on October 25, 1929, the only son of Marie Wilson Geralds and Oscar H. Geralds, Sr. Oscar served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He received his undergraduate and law degree from the University of Kentucky. Oscar firmly believed that humans were the stewards of God’s creation and spent most of his adult life advocating to make this so. He was actively involved in numerous conservation groups, including the Sierra Club, the Nature Conservancy and the KY Natural Lands Trust. He served as Chairman and wore many other hats during his years with the Sierra Club-Cumberland Chapter. Fifty years ago, at the invitation of the Sierra Club, Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas hiked the Red River Gorge and thus began the successful fight to save the Gorge, a fight in which Oscar played an integral role. Oscar was also a much respected and revered trial attorney for over 50 years. He received the Henry T. Duncan Award, the highest award of the Fayette County Bar Association. He was awarded the Access to Justice Award for his lifetime dedication to legal services and his time as a board member of Legal Aid of the Bluegrass. He was an active member of Calvary Baptist Church where he served as deacon and scoutmaster of Troop 3 for many years, as well as serving on the Board of Directors of the High Street Neighborhood Center. In addition to his wife, Oscar is survived by his children, David (Rosie) Geralds, and Fran (Steve) Rohlfing; grandchildren, Seth Geralds, Kelsie Geralds, Shelby Rohlfing, Caroline Rohlfing and Lucie Duvall; great granddaughter, Jasmine Duvall; and a special cousin, David (Gayle) Greer. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Matthew H. Geralds. Funeral services will be held 1 pm Thurs, April 19 at Calvary Baptist Church, 150 E. High Street, Lexington, KY 40507 by Rev. Hank Ellington and Dr. Robert Baker. Visitation will be 10 am–12:30 pm Thurs. at the church. Burial will follow in Lexington Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Calvary Baptist Church, the Sierra Club–Cumberland Chapter, P.O. Box 1368, Lexington, KY 40588-1368, or Bluegrass Hospice Care, 2312 Alexandria Dr., Lexington, KY 40504. Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Rd. is in charge of arrangements.