Jesse Washington, Jr. was born March 17, 1943 to Jesse Washington, Sr. and Alice Savana Washington in Waco, Texas.
He accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior at an early age while attending Union Baptist Church.
Jesse attended school in the Waco Independent School District. He graduated from A. J. Moore High School with the class of 1961. Jesse was over six feet tall and with his height he became an avid basketball player with the neighborhood guys at the “Y”, almost every day all day long. Even as a young man he was given the nickname “Poppa”. This was due to his gentle and helpful nature. Jesse loved helping people. Many times it was physical help or an encouraging word but there were times when it was financial.
Jesse enlisted with the United States Army in 1966. After 20+ years he retired from the Army but served with the National Guards until his second retirement. A hardworking man he was not content to sit at home at retirement so he work for M & M Mars until he felt it was time to finally retire from working. He devoted a number of hours to his lawn. Jesse’s lawn was always well manicured. When he wasn’t in the yard he could be found watching sports. His love was basketball or favorite football team, the Dallas Cowboys.
Jesse attended New Jerusalem Baptist Church of Axtell and was ordained as a deacon there. He served as a deacon at Antioch Baptist Church. After he united with Pleasant Grove Baptist Church he served as Vice-President of the deacons and taught a Sunday School class which he loved and did faithfully until his health failed.
He was preceded in death by his parents and five siblings.
Left to cherish his memories are: his wife, Patricia Washington; daughter, LaTonya Brinkley of Arlington, TX; adopted children Ricky, Kelvin and Cherrie Washington all of Waco; step-daughters LaShonda Dotson and Tasha Bell of Waco, TX, Sherry Bell of Arlington, TX; God-sons, Derrick Worthy of Dallas, TX, Nelson Washington of Waco, TX and Leon Darden of DeSoto, TX; eleven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; five brothers, Charles Washington, Don Earl Washington of Waco, Willie Hugh (Ruby) Washington, Sr. of Harker Heights, Sammie Lee Washington of Colorado and Verlon Majors of Fort Worth, TX; and two sisters, Wanda Washington of Waco, TX, Doris Jean Washington of California. Others include his special cousin Josephine Tillman, a good friend, Robert Plum, a number of nieces, nephews, other extended family and a lot of friends.
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