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Jessie Pearl (King) Mansfield 1937 – 2021

Jessie Mansfield was born September 12th, 1937 in Palmersville, TN and passed away on December 30th, 2021 at age 84 in the comfort of her own home in Dresden, TN.  She is preceded in death by her devoted husband, Robert Dennis Mansfield and parents, Basil Monsee and Jessie Wray (Thompson) King.  Jessie is survived by her three loving children; Rebekah (Mitch) Skelton of Greenfield, TN, Denise (Lynn) Morton of Louisville, TN, and Mark (Michelle) Mansfield of Dresden, TN; Grandchildren; Kris Bradberry, Tabitha (Allen Kissinger) Herrin, Crystal (Joel) Brunson, Josh (Dana) Skelton, Mandy (Graham) Oliver, Mack (Patrick Linehan) Mansfield;Great grandchildren; Ryleigh Herrin, Brycen Herrin, Micah Brunson, Abigal Brunson, Grayson Oliver, Catherine Oliver, Bowen Oliver, Mary Bella Skelton and her soon to arrive baby brother.  Jessie is also survived by her sister, Dortha Sue Ray. Jessie and Robert bought their home just north of Dresden, TN before they began their family.  On their small farm, they raised beef, pork, chickens, corn and cotton, not to mention the milk cow and occasional goat or two.  A huge garden was always planted, Harvested and Preserved in order to feed their family of three children in which Robert and Jessie absolutely adored.  Robert and Jessie, each were blessed with their final wish of taking their last breath in the peace and comfort of the home that they had filled with precious, loving memories for nearly seven decades.  While her children were babies, Jessie contributed to the family income by taking in Seamstress work, baking, babysitting neighborhood kids, and anything else she could think of while staying home to raise her children.  Before becoming a stay at home mom, she worked at the local Benjamin Franklin Department store in Dresden.  Later, after her children started school, Jessie spent many years as secretary of Dresden Elementary School, then moved to be the secretary at the Weakley County Extension Office for the rest of her work career.  She was a great supporter of youth programs such as 4-H.  While Raising their family, Jessie, by her husband’s side dedicated their lives to build and expand the three General Baptist Churches of Weakley County, Siloam, Unity, and Shady Grove.  From deacon’s wife, to youth leader, Jessie fulfilled any and all positions needed.  Robert used his carpenter skills to build Sunday school rooms, etc onto each church.  Jessie used her sewing skills to make youth choir outfits for more than 30 children.  To say she and her husband Robert lived a life devoted to Christ would be an understatement.  Once their children were grown , Jessie and Robert felt led to become active members of the Dresden First United Methodist Church and remained so throughout the rest of their lives.  Jessie left the world a better place through her own personal ministry of sending creatively personalized greeting cards to many a family member, local friend or acquaintance.  She loved to cut clips out of the local newspaper and mail them to the person featured in the news clip.  She had a talent for making each and everyone feel special.

Bowlin Funeral Home, in Dresden, has the honor to serve the family of Jessie Pearl (King) Mansfield

Funeral services will be held Friday, December 31st, 2021 at 11:00 am at Bowlin Funeral Home.

Friends may pay their respects from 10:00 am-11:00 am on Friday, December 31st, 2021.

Bro. Michael Melton, life long friend of the family will officiate the service.

Pallbearers include Kris Bradberry, Allen Kissinger, Joel Brunson, Josh Skelton, Graham Oliver, and Mack Mansfield

Honorary Pallbearers are Mitch Skelton, Lynn Morton, Brycen Herrin, Brad Herrin, and Patrick Linehan.  Jessie will be laid to rest beside her beloved husband of sixty-two years in the McClain’s Chapel Cemetery near Dresden.

***In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the McClain’s Chapel Cemetery upkeep c/o Mark Mansfield, 463 Old Latham Road Dresden, TN 38225***

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