Jessie Mae Arrington was born April 7, 1958, to the late Annie Mae Reed and the late Arthur Arrington in Perry County Alabama. She departed this earthly life peacefully on February 27, 2023, at Perry County Nursing Home, Marion Alabama.
She came to know the Lord at an early age under the leadership of Reverend Farrah Brown of the Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church. She later moved her membership to Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, Fort Wayne, Indiana under the leader of Reverend Samuel Walker, where she served faithfully until she returned to Alabama in 1995. She reunited with her home church and attended passionately with Pastor CleArthur Billingsley and the Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church family until her confinement in the Perry County Nursing home.
Jessie Mae loved church. She did not allow any obstacle to keep her from going. She loved going to church because she knew that the church belonged to Christ; and she loved the Lord! She attended and participated in Sunday School loyally knowing that it was a privilege to worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness through studying His word.
Additionally, Jessie Mae was a very astute student at Westside High School. Her mother, Annie Mae Reed, would always admonish her for staying up late on school nights helping others to complete their schoolwork. She graduated from Westside in 1977 with very high academic honors. She loved the game show Wheel of Fortune! If presented the opportunity to be a contestant, she would have walked away a CHAMPION! Also, no one in the family could beat her in the card game 1500.
Jessie Mae leaves to cherish her memories, one daughter, Keisha (Timothy) Hawkins; two brothers, Walter “DD” Arrington, Fort Wayne, Indiana and James (Stephanie) Reed, Atlanta, Georgia; three sisters, Annette (Elbert) Johnson, Neecey White and Stacey Mims Holmes, all of Fort Wayne, Indiana; a stepsister, Florida Reed, Atlanta, Georgia and one aunt, Doris (James) Brown, Birmingham, AL.
A son, Alonzo, Jr, one brother, Earl Arrington, and a stepfather, Walter Reed also preceded her in death.
She also leaves to cherish her memories fourteen nieces and nephews; twelve great nieces and nephews; one special niece, Janae Johnson, one special cousin Helen Green, and a host of other relatives and friends.
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