Dr. Jesse Tapia De Russe Jr.
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Dr. Jesse Tapia De Russe Jr.
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Dr. Jesse Tapia De Russe Jr. entered into peaceful rest on November 1, 2011, at Christus Spohn Hospital – Beeville. Jesse was born to the union of Jesse De Russe Sr, and Anita Tapia De Russe on January 10, 1947, in Beeville, Texas.

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
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November 04, 2011
I concur wholeheartedly with Dina's sentiments. I was fortunate enough to work with Dr. De Russe during his time at Coastal Bend College. Dr. De Russe was a gentleman, a committed educator and a fine human being. He was far-sighted without loosing his immediate focus on relevant issues. I will miss his charm, his gentility, his beautiful smile and his delightful sense of humor. My heart goes out to his family. Please know my prayers, and those of many others are with him and with you. Grace and Peace.

Susan Nelson Smedley
November 03, 2011
My sincerest condolences to the family on the passing of this great man. In the mid 70's I worked with Jesse in Adult Education in Beeville. What a fine man and an awesome Educator. I am saddened by his passing. May you rest in peace Jesse. Your kind deeds and great work will not be forgotten.


Dina de la Garza