July 24, 2014

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Jerry K. Conrad, 69

Jerry K. Conrad, 69, of Plymouth, Fla., passed away  on January 14, 2013.

Jerry was a graduate of Pendleton High School and the University of Kentucky. After teaching high school three years in Kentucky and one year in Florida, he began a 23-year career with Disney World in Fla. In the early 1970s, Jerry bought empty land near Plymouth, and established Erinon Camellia Nursery. After retiring from Disney in the early 1990s, Jerry worked every day in his nursery.

Erinon Camellia Nursery was known to have more varieties and healthier plants than any nursery in the area. Jerry sold camellias all across the south from Louisiana, across Georgia and the Carolinas and as far north as Rutgers University in N.J. He started and brought to market many new varieties of camellias. He was known throughout the Camellia Industry as, “The Camellia Scientist."

Surviving are brother, Russ (Penny) Conrad of Falmouth; and sisters, Pamela (Carl) Beck of Georgetown, Ohio and Jill (Paul) Hall of Williamsburg, Ohio.

A “Celebration of Jerry's Life” will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m., February 22, 2014, at the Woodhead Funeral Home, Falmouth. This will be an informal event. Please help the family remember Jerry by bringing a, “Jerry story” to share with all.