Mr. Jessie Bernard Thomas
The funeral service for Mr. Andrew Jessie, Jr. of Americus, Georgia will be held on Friday, April 5, 2019 at 11:00 at Scott Mater CME Church in Americus, Georgia. Burial will follow at the Eastview Cemetery.
Andrew “June Bug” Jessie, Jr., son of the late Mr. Andrew Jessie, Sr. and Mrs. Mamie Shack Jessie was born on December 14, 1939 in Sumter County, Georgia.
In 1964, he joined the United States Army. Andrew served his country for 22 years and he retired in 1984 as a Master Sergeant (E-8). During his decorated military career, he earned the following awards/honors: National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, two Overseas Service Ribbons, seven Good Conduct Medals, three NCO Professional Development Ribbons, M-16 Expert Qualification Badge, Republic of Vietnam Service Medal (one Silver Service Star and three 3 Bronze Service Stars), Bronze Star Medal, six Overseas Service Bars, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation Badge with Palm and the Army Commendation Medal with two Bonze Oak Leaf Clusters.
In 1969, Andrew met and married the love of his life Mrs. Queen Easter Lassiter. They were married for over 50 years which is a testament of their love for each other. They modeled the example of a marriage that was sacred and grounded in faith, demonstrating one that believed and stood on the word of God.
Andrew attended South Georgia Technical College and earned a degree in automobile repair in 1988. In 1989, he was hired by the Brad Ragin Auto Repair Company. He worked for Brad Ragin as a brake specialist for 11 years, retired for the second time in his life. After his retirement from Brad Ragin, Andrew and his brother James began a lawn maintenance company with his brother James.
Andrew was always involved and devoted to his church. After the closing of the family church, Mt. Zion A.ME. Church, Andrew joined Scott Mater C.M.E. Church. He was an active member and served on various board in the church.
He is preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Amy Jessie; two brothers, Arthur Jessie and Eugene Jessie; two sisters, Esther Lee Thomas and Mamie Lou Ferguson; mother-in-law, Willie Mae Lassiter: father-in-law, Ben Little; two brothers-in-law, James Reddick and Homer Lee Jackson; one nephew, Henry Daniels and three nieces, Loretta Thomas, Laura Thomas and Tasha Quarterman.
He leaves to mourn his devoted wife, Easter Lassiter Jessie; one god-daughter, Penelope “Penny” Jackson; one brother, James F. (Margery Foster) Jessie; one sister, Mrs. Margery Jessie Jackson; one aunt, Anne Bloomfield; five nephews: Neal Jessie, Anthony Jackson, Jermaine Ferguson, Anthony Jessie, and Michael (Shonda) Josey; four nieces: Angela Merritt, Carrie Price, Aleisha (Willie) Smith and Michelle Josey; six great-nieces: Tanya (Eric) Slaughter, Nedra Williams, Shakeyawanna Jessie, Aayanna Jackson, Brittany Jessie, Jasmine Jessie and Janeisha Ferguson: seven great nephews: Alexander (Michelle) Price, Willie Frank (Nakethia) Smith Jr., Chasmond Smith Anthony Jackson Jr., Jermaine Ferguson, Jr., and Jashawn Ferguson; five devoted cousins: Walter (Gloria) Marshall, Rosemary Fletcher, Mattie Maddox and Queen Gibson; devoted friends: John Hall, George King, Carl Munns and Bernard Minyard; and a host of devoted family and friends