Jesse Kenneth Langley of Portland, Ore., died Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, in Portland. He was 82 years of age.
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He was born on March 17, 1930, in Harriman, and was the son of Edgar and Ethel Jernigan Langley. He graduated from Harriman High School and in 1951 he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He honorably served his country during the Korean conflict. He was released from active duty in 1953 and received an honorable discharge from the Army Reserves in 1957 at the rank of sergeant.
On May 8, 1953, he married Barbara Lou Duggins in Harriman. In 1957, he received his bachelor's degree from the University of Tennessee and worked for Reynolds Metals in Florence, Ala. He was transferred to the plant in Massena, N.Y., in 1970 and to Troutdale, Ore., in 1975. He retired as the superintendent of production in 1990.
He was tenacious, a perfectionist and full of 'scrappy' energy. He was quick with a joke and easy with a smile. He was 3-handicap golfer and enjoyed beating Democrats, especially when it meant taking their money. He was a lifelong Republican, a Tennessee Volunteer for life and a member of Mill Park Baptist Church, where they had nicknamed him 'Amen Ken.' Jesse had high standards for himself and for others. He was also very generous with his time and simply cherished his God, university and church families. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.
He is survived by his sons, Michael and David, both of Portland; his sister, Lorraine Taylor, Georgia; and one grandchild. His wife, Barbara Lou; and his brothers, Carlyle, Johnny and Warren all preceded him in death.
A visitation was from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, in Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, Gresham, Ore. A graveside service with military honors followed at 1:30 p.m. at Willamette National Cemetery. Contributions may be made in his memory to the
Published in Roane County News on Oct. 12, 2012