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Jesse Franklin Kirby was born June 22, 1938 in Oklahoma City to Thelma Jo (Cesar) and Jesse Franklin Kirby Jr. and died in Muskogee, OK, August 4, 2017, at the age of 79. He attended Oklahoma City public schools, graduating in 1956 from Northeast High School. He attended OSU, OU, and OCU where he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon and ultimately graduated with a BS in Business from Central State College lacked only 3 hours on his master’s degree. He was proud to serve in the U.S. Army in the early 1960’s. Married in 1960 to Janelle Lee Williams, he became father to Jesse Franklin Kirby IV (1962) and Jason Kirby (1971).
He was always a true entrepreneur, owning several businesses and managing others in various fields.
He is predeceased by his parents and grandparents, and son Jesse IV (2016). He is survived by his son, Jason, and an only sister. Nieces are: Chele Mickle and husband Jared and their three children, Samantha, Tabitha, and Robert Jared (RJ); Angela Marie O’Neal and husband, Russell; and Kelly Bonita Cathey and husband Daryl, (Kelly’s children: Chris, Rachel, Andy, Amy, Eric [deceased]). Nephews are Brian Wayne Satterlee and his son Jess Wayne. Also former wife, Janelle Lee Miller, and sister-in-law, LizAnne Williams.
There will be no public memorial service. An interment service at a national veterans’ cemetery will be scheduled later.
“. . .absent from the body, present with the Lord.” 2Cor 5:8. Rest in peace, Jess.
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