Muncie, Ind., resident Jesse J. Woodlee, 96, died Tuesday, Sept. 17 at I.U. Health Ball Memorial Hospital.
He was born in Van Buren County on July 26, 1917, the son of Grover and Sarah Jane (Jennings) Woodlee. He graduated from Central High School in McMinnville and served his country with honor and distinction in the US Army during World War II, being held as a prisoner of war in Africa.
He worked for Warner Gear for over 30 years until his retirement in 1983 and was a member of and union steward for UAW Local No. 287. He was a longtime member of Fairlawn Church of Christ, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and American Legion Post No. 437 in Selma for over 30 years. He also worked as a sheriff’s deputy for Delaware County.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting and bowled in the Warner Gear bowling league for many years. Jesse was also a die-hard Colts and University of Tennessee fan.
He is survived by his sister-in-law, Catherine L. (husband, Jim) Sharkitt of Muncie and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 56 years, Mary E. (Smith) Woodlee on Oct. 5, 2004; one sister, Louise Luttrell; and two brothers, Robert “Dock” Woodlee and Jewell Woodlee.
Funeral services were held Sept. 21 at The Meeks Mortuary, Washington Street Chapel with pastor Mike Barnes officiating. Burial followed at Elm Ridge Cemetery with military rites by the United States Army.
Information courtesy of High Funeral Home.
(McMinnville, Tenn.) Oct. 2, 2013