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November 2020

TDCJ Mourns the Loss of Chaplain Gerald "Jerry" Bedison

Chaplain Gerald Bedison
Chaplain Gerald "Jerry" Bedison

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) is grieving the loss of an employee that is connected to the COVID-19 virus.

78-year-old Chaplain Gerald “Jerry” Bedison had over 7 years of service with TDCJ and was assigned to the Neal Unit in Amarillo. On November 5, 2020, Bedison tested positive for COVID-19 and was hospitalized at a local hospital. Bedison died at the hospital in the early morning hours of November 16, 2020.

“Chaplain Bedison was a man who loved God. It was evident in his life as he ministered to those in need,” said TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier. “Though he may no longer be with us, Chaplain Bedison’s legacy continues to live on.”

“Chaplain Bedison was highly respected among staff and inmates and has always been a huge asset to chaplaincy,” said Rehabilitation Programs Division Director Christopher Carter. “Everyone at the Neal Unit, and the Clements Unit before that loved him and he will be greatly missed.”

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has had twenty-three employees who have died in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic.