Jessie Barnett Gill Jr.

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Jessie Barnett Gill, Jr., 93, was born to the late Jessie B. Gill Sr. and Irma Ward in Everman on Aug. 2, 1920. Jessie passed away on April 1, 2014, in Laramie, Wyo. in the company of his daughters. A memorial service was held in Wyoming. He was laid to rest in Sunset Memorial in Nacogdoches. Jessie grew up in Fort Worth and moved to Nacogdoches later in life. He met and married Ms. Jewel Gill on Nov. 26, 1977. They shared many happy years together. During World War II, he served his country honorably in the Army Air Corp as a waist gunner on a B-24 Liberator. During a mission over Germany, he was shot down and eventually taken prisoner and held captive for 18 months. Jessie again answered his country's call for service during the Korean War by returning to duty and serving as a navigator on a B-29 Superfortress. For his service, dedication and sacrifice, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart and the Air Medal with Two Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters. Jessie was very active in his community. He was a loyal member of the VFW and The Military Order of The Purple Heart. He showed and shared his love and belief in Jesus Christ by becoming a chaplain for Calvary Baptist Church in Nacogdoches. Jessie was a loving husband, father and a wonderful grandfather to his very special grandchildren. He was a true family man. In his leisure time, he found great pleasure in collecting stamps, cooking and helping others. Jessie is survived by his daughters, Kathy Kozlowski of Colbert, Wash., Vicki Gill of Cody, Wyo., Marsha Price of Laramie, Wyo., and Barbara Chaviers of Nacogdoches; son, Burton Christian and wife, Merry, of Pflugerville; seven grandchildren, John Chaviers and wife, Amy, of Houston, Melody Kennedy of Florida, Jennifer Walton and husband, Jason, of Brentwood, Tenn., Kyle Alders and wife, Jenna, of Montgomery, Ryan Christian and wife, Julie, of Corpus Christi, Emily Christian of Pflugerville, and Erin King of California; 12 great-grandchildren as well as numerous nieces, nephews and other extended family and great friends. The family extends sincere gratitude to the caregivers, Jackie Hogan, Doretha Freeman, Hazel Key, Sabrina Pugh, Tammie Jarrel, Brenda Yoachum, Kenae Dolphus, Dorothy Shepherd, Gwen Roquemore, Lakendra Teal, Rolanda Sterns and Tommie Smith for their loving devotion, companionship and expert assistance. Laird Funeral Home.
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2116 SOUTH STREET Nacogdoches, TX 75964-6126
(936) 569-1366
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Published in The Daily Sentinel on May 7, 2014
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