Obituary of Jesse Lee Wilson
Jesse Lee Wilson, the sixth child of Henry and Hattie Warren Wilson was born April 8, 1922, in Dobbin, Texas. His siblings were August Jackson, Tom Jackson, James W. Wilson, Anderson Wilson, Henry Wilson ll, Katie Wilson Davis, Annie Mae Todd, and R. T. Wilson. At the age of 13, Jesse, his mother and younger brother moved to Baytown, Texas. He resided in Baytown for 26 years before moving to La Porte.
He attended the historical all-black George Washington Carver High School where he played the sports of football and basketball. Instead of completing his education, he chose to enlist in the Army in 1942. While serving his country, he was the recipient of a World War II Victory Medal, a World War II Good Conduct Medal, and the EAME Campaign Medal with 4 Bronze Stars.
Receiving an honorable discharge in 1945, Jesse returned to Baytown and began working at the U.S. Post Office in Pelly, becoming the first African American postman in Baytown. He later moved to the main post on Defee Street. While working, he earned a GED from Lee College and later studied Business Management. He retired from the Baytown Post Office in 1985 after 38 years of service. Jesse was a people person who enjoyed being with and talking to others, which made his 12 years of working as a car salesman for Dutch Holland Oldsmobile after retirement so enjoyable.
He was a member of the American Legion, Commander of Post 875, District Commander, and Adjunct of District 26 National Association of Letter Carriers. He was a faithful member of La Porte Church of Christ.
Jesse loved the outdoors and enjoyed working in his garden. He also enjoyed his weekend trips to Hempstead with his grandson, Eric Dwayne (deceased), to visit his cousin Johnnie Walton and assist her with the animals on her estate. He lived a very rewarding life that he attributed to Psalms 118:8: “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.”
Jesse married Allene Virginia Dorsey on September 1, 1951, in Hempstead, Texas. To this union two children were born, Christie Lynn Wilson Glasco and Darryl Edwin Wilson (deceased).
Jesse received his wings on July 19, 2023.
He leaves to mourn his demise a wife: Allene; daughter: Christie (Wayne) Glasco; adopted daughter: Alfreddie (Earnest) Felder; grandchildren: Brian Keith (Classie), Darryl Edwin, Brandon (Shantel), and Brandy Lynn; great-grandchildren: Taylor Brinae, Cameron Brian, Khalil Ryan (Ayana), Faith Monique, and Brian; great-great grandchild: Amari Sayi; nieces: Jonell Grace, Betty Louison, Willene Rideau, Crezette Davis, Hattie Brooks, Princess Todd, and Schuwan Dorsey; nephews; Reginald T. Wilson, John Todd, Charles Wilson, RaDell Dorsey, and Jackie Wilson; his porch buddy: Roosevelt Thomas (Cotton), and a host of loving and caring great nieces and nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.
In Loving Memory
1922 - 2023
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