He was an educator, working joyfully and changing the lives of those he came in contact with. At the time of his demise, he was director of the adult basic education program of Coastal Bend College. Not only was Jesse an educator, but he was also a proud and loyal citizen of Beeville. This loyalty prompted him to be elected to the Beeville City Council on April 10, 1979, and Mayor of Beeville on April 13, 1982, serving until October 24, 1989. Through his wisdom and love for all, he unified Beeville during his mayoral term. His accomplishments are many and love for all was immense.
His parents and other loved ones precede his home going.
Cherishing his memory are his wife, Julie Earnest of Beeville; step-sons, Donald (Maria) Earnest of Beeville, Lonnie R. (Tammie) Earnest of Austin; daughters, Clarissa De Russe (Andrew Lopez) and Julie Miranda Earnest, both of Beeville; brother, Eddie (Yolanda) De Russe of Austin; and sister, Mary Ann (Joe) Silva of El Paso; grandchildren: Ariyana D. Lopez, Emeri A. Lopez, Alexandria Earnest, Kennedy Earnest, Noah Earnest and Donald B. Earnest III.
Visitation was held from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., Friday, November 4, 2011, at Treviño Funeral Home, and from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m., with a prayer service taking place at 7 p.m. at the New Hope Christian Church.
The celebration of Jesse’s life was held Saturday, November 5, 2011, at 10 a.m. at New Hope Christian Church with the Rev. Salvador Rincon, the Rev. Paulino Bernal and the Rev. Luis Bernal officiating. Interment was at Evangelico Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Ray Rincon, Rudy Garcia, Mr. Cowart, Seals Jr., Tommy Saenz, Raymond Garcia, Lonnie Earnest, Christopher Treviño, Richard Bernal and Hector Bernal.
Treviño Funeral Home