|Birth: ||Dec. 17, 1916|
|Death: ||Jun. 1, 2005|
Jesse B. Sturdivant, the son of Jesse A. and Sinie S. (Stevens) Davis/Sturdivant was born December 17, 1916 in Midway, Red River County, Texas. Life was not easy for Jesse and his mother. His mother's first husband William Wesley Davis died in 1908 leaving her with seven children to care for. In 1916 she married Jesse's father and seven short years later her second husband died, when Jesse B. was six years of age.
In his early adult life Jesse worked as a farmer, share cropping for T. J. Taylor (father of Lady Bird Johnson) near Karnack, Texas. At times he also drove a dump truck and school bus. When Mr. Taylor sold the land Jesse was share cropping to the government for a munitions plant during World War II, Jesse moved to Dallas, Texas where he worked as a press operator for American Aviation, building P-51 planes. After the war he became a truck driver for Central Freight Lines, Safeway Stores, and finally the Frito Company. After retiring, Jesse drove a school bus for the Crandle, Texas School District for several years.
Jesse was the father of five children, Henry Eugene and Lola Catherine who were born to his first wife Mary Ann Wootten; and three other children, Ellen Yvonne, Ruby Daphine and Jesse Carl who were born to his third wife Ruby Simpson. His youngest son, Jesse Carl, died shortly before his 13th birthday. Cause of death was an inoperable brain tumor.
The photo attached to this memorial is a favorite one of Jesse's family, the way we like to remember him. He always had a full time job, but on the side he enjoyed raising cattle on his 100 acre farm in Kaufman, Texas.
A few years before his death after a lingering illness, Jesse and Ruby celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary hosted by their four surviving children. Jesse rests beside his son Jesse Carl in Oakland Cemetery, Dallas, Texas.
Jesse A. Sturdivant (1858 - 1923)
Sinia Servania Stevens Davis (1874 - 1963)
Mary Ann Wootten Sturdivant (1918 - 1980)*
Jesse Carl Sturdivant (1962 - 1974)*
Ruben Cheslie Davis (1894 - 1965)**
Jesse Boone Sturdivant (1916 - 2005)
Maintained by: Patty Sturdivant
Originally Created by: DonZas
Record added: Jun 04, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 11089513
I love you, Daddy.|
Added: Jul. 3, 2012
We miss you Dad.|
Gene & Pat
Added: Aug. 23, 2009
Flowers are for everyone.|
Added: Jun. 4, 2005