Jesse's Story

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Jesse Ray Welk III was born Feb. 29, 1968, in McKinney, Texas, to parents Jesse Ray Welk Jr. and Lorraine Kemp and entered into eternal rest on Feb. 6, 2017, at the age of 48.
Jesse graduated from Quinlan Ford High School. He was the maintenance man at King Ridge Apartments in Greenville for 10 years. Jesse was a member of First Pentecostal Church of God in Greenville and was the church's soundman for 22 years. Jesse helped remodel the church following a flood. He was an amazing man, and even at one time recorded a song, "Where Would I Be Without Jesus?" ... on The Messengers CD in Nashville, Tenn., with his dad, Ray, and the band. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Jesse loved spending time with his family, joking around and was a Pittsburgh Steelers fan, probably the biggest in Texas. He loved his Harley and enjoyed riding on the open road. Jesse enjoyed singing, playing shuffleboard and fishing, especially with his children and grandson Grayson.
Jesse is survived by his mother, Lorraine Deaton of Gun Barrel City; father Jesse Ray Welk Jr. and wife Joann of Caddo Mills; the mother of Jesse's children, Jennifer Welk of Caddo Mills (Shelbie/Nelson); children Shelbie Welk and fiancé Tawny of McKinney and Nelson Welk and wife Lauren; grandson Grayson Ray and granddaughter Reagan Marie of Royse City; a sister, Cindy Lynn Welk and son Justin of Gun Barrel City; stepsisters Michelle Thompson, husband Tony, children Jax, Gus and Lola of Caddo Mills and Melissa Hines, husband Randy, children Miranda and Matilyn of Greenville; fiancé Dawn McCoy of Gun Barrel City; aunts; uncles; numerous nieces and nephews and other loving family; and many friends
Jesse was preceded in death by his dad, Laymon "Curly" Deaton.
Memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., Feb. 17, at Eubanks Funeral Home, 601 State Highway 198 at Walnut, Mabank, Texas. Rev. Dwayne Pattison will officiate.
Published on February 15, 2017
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