William Calup Jessie, age 82 went to be with the Lord, Sunday, August 16, 2009 at the Pulaski Community Hospital. Born April 29, 1927 in Winding Gulf, West Virginia he was the son of the late William “Bill” & Katie Katherine Smith Jessie. His brother; Sterling Jessie, sisters; Oma Jessie, Emilee Profitt, Cora Absher, Mary Lou Steel, Virginia Davis, Dovie Wells and one grandson; Terry Elswick also preceded him in death. He was a veteran of the United States Army, having served during World War II. He is survived by wife of 60 years as of last May 23, 2009, Virginia Pearl Cook Jessie, Pulaski; children Roger Lee & Janice Jessie, Christiansburg; Sandra Jane Blankenship, Christiansburg; William Donald & Peggy Jessie, Pulaski; Teresa Pearl Jessie & John Ososki, Livona, MI; Michael Jay & Suzette Jessie, Wytheville; 19 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, 7 great-great grandchildren; sisters Ruby Gilbert Lula Forehand & Larry Carpenter; all of Mt. Clemons, MI, Millie Kirgis.
The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Tuesday evening with a service following at 7:00 p.m. at the Bower Funeral Home, Pulaski with the Elders Don Singleton and Jay Harris officiating. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday at the Hurst Scott Funeral Home Richlands, VA with the Elder Farley Beavers officiating. Interment will follow at the Greenhill Memorial Gardens – Claypool Hill, (Cedar Bluff), VA where the Casey/Shortt V.F.W. Post # 9640 will conduct full military honors. The family will receive friends at the Hurst Scott Funeral Home Wednesday evening from 6:00-9:00 p.m. Special thanks to Dr. Kenneth Pendergrast and the nurses in the ICU for their special care. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Pulaski Primitive Baptist Church, Pulaski. Bower Funeral Home, Pulaski is handling the arrangements for the family. www.bowerfuneralhome.com