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E.L. ‘Shine’ Jessup

E.L. ‘Shine’ Jessup

Posted: Tuesday, May 19, 2009 5:00 pm

 The Messenger, May 19, 2009

Completed arrangements are being announced for Edward Leon “Shine” Jessup, 90, of Union City. He died May 17, 2009, at Weakley County Nursing Home in Dresden.

Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday in the old sanctuary at Union City First Baptist Church, with Dr. Fred Kendall officiating. Entombment will follow in East View Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home 5-8 this evening and from 11 a.m. until the hour of services Wednesday at the church.

Pallbearers will be Al Creswell, David Graham, Dr. David Parks, Kenneth Kemp, Bobby Rankin, Dr. Grover Schleifer, Maury Ford, Elliott Jessup, Ashton Jennings and Andrew Jennings.

Honorary pallbearers will be the national sales office of Case Knives.

The family requests that memorials be made to Union City First Baptist Church or the Elizabeth “Tootsie” Latimer endowment fund at the University of Tennessee-Martin.

He was born Nov. 30, 1918, in Union City, son of the late Ashton Joseph and Blanche (Johnson) Jessup. He married the former Aurelia McGuire May 1, 1943. She died Nov. 12, 2001. He was chairman of Jessup & Associates Inc. and had worked for W.A. Case & Son Cutlery Co. A World War II U.S. Army Air Corps veteran, he had been a first lieutenant in the 8th Army Air Corps, where he flew B24 Liberators in 30 missions over the European theatre. Following the war, he was an instructor of cadets flying P51s in Waco, Texas. 

He was a member of Union City First Baptist Church and had been a Rotarian, having been named a Paul Harris Fellow. He was also a former member of Union City Civitan Club and Union City Jaycees and was a charter member of Poplar Meadows Country Club, where he had served as president. He was also a charter member of the World War II National Museum in New Orleans and of the Eighth Air Force in Savannah, Ga.

An avid golfer, he achieved a hole-in-one after 67 years of play.

He was a member of the Case Collector’s Hall of Fame and was on tour for Case Cutler as one of five “Case Legends.”

Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Linda and G.T. Jennings of Dresden; his son and daughter-in-law, Eddie and Terri Jessup of Knoxville; his sister, Doris Moyer of Champagne, Ill.; his granddaughter, Katelyn Jessup of Knoxville; three grandsons, and the wife of one, George Ashton Jennings of Charlotte, N.C., Ed-ward Andrew and wife Jeri Jen-nings of Nashville and Elliott Ashton Jessup of Auburn, Ala.; several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by eight brothers and sisters.

Condolences may be sent to the family at the funeral home Web site:

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