Jack R. Zerby
Attorney, avid baseball fan
BREVARD, N.C. Jack Zerby of Brevard, N.C., aged 78, recently left this Earth due to heart failure for his heavenly home on August 17, 2021. He leaves behind his beloved wife and soulmate, Diana Metzinger Zerby, after more than 51 years of marriage.
Jack was born in Clarion; obtained a degree in journalism at Michigan State University; and earned a law degree from the University of Michigan in 1968.
After Jack spent a decade-plus practicing law in Clarion County, coupled with public defender work and as assistant district attorney in 1980, he and Diana moved to Naples, Fla. There he concentrated on trust and estate administration with the office of Cummings and Lockwood (based in Stamford, Conn.) for 19 years. He enjoyed mentoring new associate attorneys in addition to his regular duties there.
After 25 years in Naples, Jack and Diana retired to Brevard in 2005, where they enjoyed the Blue Ridge Parkway, mountains, forests, and the antics of the birds and white squirrels.
He enjoyed singing tenor with various groups, and was an avid reader of baseball, Bibles, commentaries, and U.S. history.
Jack and Diana traveled extensively before and after retirement, with special memories of trips to Northern Italy, Cape Code, the Maine and New Brunswick coasts, Lake Tahoe, the California wine country, Door County, Wis., the North Carolina Inner Banks, and St. Simons Island, Ga.
Sports were always a part of Jack's life. He learned golf from his dad at Foxburg Country Club, played avidly for 30 years, and then gravitated to tennis in Florida. He was always an avid baseball fan.
Jack's truest sports passion was baseball history and research. He joined the Society for Baseball Research (SABR) in 1994 and was still researching, writing, and editing until shortly before his death.
Jack is survived by several cousins, Young, Cyphert, and Kiser along with Sherry Emrick, his sister-in-law. Jack also leaves a group of cherished friends in Brevard, from his college days, and SABR friends acquired across the U.S. and Canada.
A private memorial service will be held at First Methodist Church Chapel in Brevard, N.C.
Any desired memorial gifts may be made to the Transylvania County Public Library, 212 South Gaston Street, Brevard, N.C. 28712.