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West Virginia's Jerry Derrick Dies; Veteran Operator Led AMOA 1996-'97

Posted On: 4/17/2013

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Jerry Derrick, Amusement and Music Operators Association, AMOA CHARLESTON, WV -- Jerry Derrick of Derrick Video and Music Co., based here, died April 16. He was 70.

Derrick was involved in the music and games industry for 53 years. In 1960, he took charge of Derrick Music Co., which had been founded by his father 20 years earlier. The route once stretched to the borders of Pennsylvania and Virginia, and covered more than half of West Virginia's counties.

Derrick was a longtime member of the Amusement and Music Operators Association, and the Chicago-based organization installed him as its president in September 1996. AMOA presidents hold the post for one year. He also was a board member and past-president of the Valley National 8-Ball Association.

Additionally, Derrick belonged to the West Virginia Music and Vending Association, which in 2001 became the West Virginia Amusement & Limited Video Lottery Association. West Virginia's amusement industry includes video lottery terminals, and the operator amended his company's name to Derrick Video and Music.

"Jerry was one of the first people I met when I joined AMOA," said AMOA executive vice-president Jack Kelleher. "It took me a bit of time to understand his thick West Virginia accent, but it didn't take me long to understand what a great person he was. He loved the [coin-op] business, the AMOA and most of all he loved being around his peers."

Shortly before his death, Derrick was able to be with his colleagues and friends in Las Vegas during the Amusement Expo in late March, when AMOA held its annual past-presidents' dinner.

"Jerry Derrick was an ambassador for AMOA and I am glad we were able to talk at the past-presidents' dinner this year during the Expo," said Donovan Fremin, Delta Music Inc. (Thibodaux, LA), who held the association's top post two years ago. "He exemplified the great people in this industry, and he will be greatly missed."

In his home state, he was a longtime donor and supporter of West Virginia University athletics.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Gwyn Derrick, his daughters Amy (Travis) Ellison and Jene' (Joshua) Collins, and his two grandchildren, Travis Cooper Ellison and Vivian Collins. He is also survived by his sister Donna (David) Miller, nieces Shelly Miller and Haleigh Krieg, and nephews Derrick Miller and Wylie Krieg.

VISITATIONS: Friday, April 19
Bartlett-Burdette-Cox Funeral Home, 513 Tennessee Ave., Charleston, WV 25302; tel. (304) 342-0181. There will be two visitations: 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.

FUNERAL: Saturday, April 20
Service at the funeral home begins at 1 p.m.