Jesse Howse

Jesse Donal Howse, 80, of Waco, passed away Friday, May 3, 2013 at Hillcrest Baptist Hospital in Waco.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday May 11, 2013 in the Oaklawn Cemetery in Copper, TX.

Mr. Howse was born on October 10, 1932, the son of Jesse Napoleon Howse and Phelma Strong Howse. He married Doris Mayfield on December 7, 1990. He served in the U.S. Air Force as a jet mechanic and was an automobile mechanic before retiring. His hobbies were fishing, race cars, motorcycles, and dune buggies.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Stanley Howse and a stepson Jonathan Dean Talley.

Survivors include his wife Doris Howse of Waco; a brother Luther Wyndel Howse of Bellmead; daughters and son-in-laws Karon Lee and J.T. Tatsch of Rowlett, Tammy Diane and Ronald L. Carpenter of Gainesville, and Cynthia Marie Camp of Gainesville; a stepdaughter Patricia Moore of Waco; 7 grandchildren; 4 step-grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; and 6 great step-grandchildren.

Donations may be made to the Neurofibromatosis foundation: Children’s Tumor Foundation, 95 Pine St., 16th Floor, New York, NY 10005-4002.

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  1. Debbie Oplie Bigham

    Mrs. Howse–My thoughts are prayers are with you during this difficult time. I will miss Mr. Howse picking on me when you two would come into the hospital. He was quite the character. May God wrap his arms around you and grant you some Peace.
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  2. Love & Miss Ya uncle Jesse

  3. Love ya uncle Jesse.

  4. Love & Miss Ya

  5. Patricia T. Moore
  6. Patricia T. Moore - Step-daughter

    My step-dad Jess always spoke to you when you walked in the door at home no matter who you were. I never heard him say a bad word about anyone. He was meticulous about his appearance and every silver hair had to be in place no matter what. You had better make sure he had gravy on his mash potatoes or gravy was on the dining table or he would let you know about it in a tone of voice not boisterous, but one you knew he was not pleased. Jess loved to fish and on one visit by my son and daughter-in-law they brought their boat down. We all went to Lake Waco to boat ride and fiah. Jess wanted to fish on the bank and we fished from the boat. Jess was the only one who caught any fish and they were keepers. I took pictures of Jess sitting on the bank smoking his cigar with rod and reel in hand happy as can be. It made me feel good to see that a man who had had unhappiness at some point in his life was just fishing, smiling and "happy" doing what he loved to do. Jess was a loving Step-Father to me and my brother Jonathan. This was a blessing that no one can understand unless they have a loving, gentle and kind person for a Step-Dad. There are memories that will be rememebered as time passes, but now the hurt and pain from losing a loved one is too great. There will be times in the future I will think about something and I will say, "Jess would do it this way", or "Jess did it this way". The time will come when one might say, "Let’s call daddy and see what to do about something, he will know what to do." Just as you start to pickup of the phone to make the call, suddenly you realize daddy is not there. I will miss Jess as much as I miss my real dad Truitt Talley. Jess was like a father not a Step-dad and no one knows how blessed my brother and I were having Jess in our lives. Jess is on a glorious journey that he must make alone. Those of us who left are on a different journey, until the time comes they make that glorious journey themselves, and join Jess in Heaven and hear him say "Welcome Home", with a smile.

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