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William Ryland Jessie, Sr.

William “Cotton” Ryland Jessie Sr., 89 of Deltaville passed away on January 6, 2013. 

Mr. Jessie was a lifelong farmer, avid hunter and the former owner of W.R. Jessie Sr. & Sons Marine Contractors, constructing many of the earliest docks and seawalls in the area. 

He was preceded in death by his son, William R. Jessie Jr.; and is survived by his wife of 70 years, Annie Irene Jessie; a daughter, Suzanne Davis (Burton) of Heathsville; sons, Tommy Jessie (Gloria) of Richmond, and Jimmie Jessie (Judy) of Hartfield; a daughter-in-law, Carol Jessie; 7 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 9, in Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Saluda.  The family will receive friends Wednesday from 12:30 p.m. until the service time.  Interment will be held at Zoar Baptist Church Cemetery in Deltaville with military honors. 

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in his memory to Middlesex Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 98, Deltaville, VA 23043.

posted 01.07.2013

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