May 03, 2011
"JAN AND BARRY I AM SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT JESSE. MY DAD WAS A FIRST COUSIN TO YOUR GRANDMOTHER MISS LOIS, ALSO SHE WAS MY FIRST GRADE TEACHER AND ALSO TO ALL MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS AND OVER HALF OF OMEGA I WOULD IMAGINE. LAMAR ,AS HE WAS KNOWN BACK THEN WAS IN HI SCHOOL WHEN I WAS IN GRAMMER SCHOOL .NEARLY 8 YEARS MY SENIOR ,BUT WAS PART OF OUR BIG FAMILY OF KIN, WE LOST HIM TO THE BIG CITY AND COLLEGE AND THEN HE MADE THE FAMILY PROUD WITH HIS WRITINGS. MY DAD LOVED SPORTS AND WOULD KEEP A LOT OF JESSE'S WRITINGS. I FOUND OUT ABOUT HIS DEATH FROM ANOTHER COUSIN . SO SORRY TO HEAR THAT AS WE HAD JUST TALKED SOME LATELY, AND HE TOLD ME HE WAS JUST FINE. I REMEMBER YOU JAN AND BARRY, FROM YOUR GRANDMOTHER SHE WOULD PULL OUT ALL THOSE PICTURES ,AND SHE WAS SO PROUD OF HER FAMILY. MAY JESSE REST IN PEACE, HE WILL BE MISSED."
April 25, 2011
"To the Family of Jesse Lamar Outlar,
I would like to give my condolences. What a wonderful legacy to treasure. May the way he treated others like never mind-spirited, spiteful or one-sided may these things always inspire you. As you face the days ahead, look for God for comfort. (2Cor. 1:3,4)"
April 22, 2011
"I was a kid sportswriter at the Atlanta Journal back in the early 1960s. I was as green as they come. Jesse Outlar was always kind and quick with an encouraging word. I read Jesse religiously as well as Furman Bisher. They made me realize that sports writing could be something other than formula stuff. I learned from them all I could by reading them, the late Paul Hemphill and Ralph McGill. That is how good the Atlanta papers were back then. Jesse was at the head of the class. He was also a class act outside the office. I am very sad to learn of Jesse's passing. His kind comes along but once."
April 19, 2011
"Some of the most cherished memories I have from nearly 40 years of being an ink-stained newspaper writer are the experiences I had working for the two Atlanta papers in the late 1960s and early 1970s. I was a sports writer on Furman Bisher's Journal staff for three years (1965-68) and a sports writer on Jesse Outlar's Constitution staff for two years (1970-72). My favorite memory of Jesse is a telephone conversation he had one day with Clemson's legendary football coach, Frank Howard, who called to complain that sports writer Hal Hayes was quoting him the way he talked, which had nothing to do with The King's English. Howard said he did not care, but that some Clemson alumni were worried that it reflected poorly on the university. Jesse asked Howard what did he want him to do about it. Howard said: "Tell ol' Hayes, to jest quote me in reg-lar English from now on." Hal continued to quote Howard the way he talked. Jesse was a good boss and a good man. My sincerest condolences to Jesse's family."
April 18, 2011
"i believe i remember mr. outlar and that he was a very good journalist,"