Jesse Lee Conner, 79, of Tacoma, Washington, departed this life quietly on Sunday, March 3, 2019 in the Hospice House in Tacoma, Washington.
He worked on the family farm and had a great love for farming until his passing. He graduated from Denmark West High School in Jackson, Tennessee. After graduating from high school, Jesse enlisted in the United States Army, where he served and retired as a 1st Sgt. E-8 after 26 years of service. While on his tours of duty, Jesse was afforded the opportunity to see and travel the world. He took advantage of every training that was afforded him, while serving his country. While stationed in Germany, Jesse meet the love of his life, Wilhelmine, better known as “Mary”. On January 25, 1960 they married and was blessed to have 59 years together. They were blessed to have seen and traveled the world together. From this union they had two beautiful children, Mary Lou Conner and Michael Anthony Jesse Conner. After retiring from the military, Jesse worked for 10 years at the Bremerton Ship Yard. He also worked several years for the United States Postal Services. Jesse was self-employed and was the owner of Conner Construction Company for more than 20 years. He built homes and owned rental properties in Tacoma, Washington. One of his many hobbies were collecting antique cars (Hondas, Thunderbirds, Mercedes, and many others. He loved collecting many items and was affectionately known as ‘Fred Sandford’ because of the many items that he would collect. Jesse obeyed the gospel of Jesus at an early age. He served as a Deacon at the Portland Avenue Church of Christ and in later years when he moved his membership to Lakeview church of Christ, he served as a Deacon as well from 2006-2015. Jesse worked with the Building and Grounds Ministry. He was very proud of his church family and would send bulletins to his relatives to inform them of the work of the congregation.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Mary Louise Hazel Conner; parents, John and Sarah Conner; and 11 brothers and sisters.
Cherishing his memories include his loving and devoted wife, Wilhelmine “Mary” Conner; son, Michael Anthony Jesse (Sydney Payne-Fiancé) Conner; grandchildren, Tyrone Anthony (Megan-wife) Conner, Andre Levon (Kayla-wife) Conner, and Brandon Michael Conner; great-grandson, Carson Jesse Conner; sister, Betty Mosley of Jackson, TN; Wilhelmine's family in Germany who can't be with us; and a host of loving nieces, nephews; cousins; other relatives and friends.