Jessie Bizzcarro Alba, 71, died Thursday, September 4, 2008 at a Knox City care home. His graveside service will be held at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, September 9th in the Garden of Gethsemane at Elmwood Memorial Park. Viewing and visitation will be from 5 to 7 PM on Monday at Elmwood Funeral Home, 5750 HWY 277 South.
Mr. Alba was born on April 16, 1937 in Lott, Texas and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He married Margaret Huckaby on May 31, 1964. Mr. Alba worked as an electrician at White Sands Missal Range, New Mexico until his retirement. While in New Mexico he and Margaret were active volunteers with the New Mexico State Police Mounted Patrol. He came to Abilene in 1977 where he established Abilene General Appliance and worked tirelessly with Veterans in the Big Country. He was past commander of Disabled American Veterans Chapter 36 and was appointed by National DAV as the VAVS Representative at the Big Spring VA Hospital. Mr. Alba loved hunting and fishing. He was a member of St. Marks Episcopal Church.
Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Margaret of Abilene; his children, Matilda Jimenez of Abilene, Patricia Bustos of California, Barbara Presnell of Anchorage, Alaska, Jay B. Alba of Abilene and Joseph B. Alba of Okinawa, Japan; two brothers, Rudy and George Alba both of Elgin; 15 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Kelly Evon Alba and his grandson, Joshua Presnell.
Dear Margaret Family,
Jessie was a true friend and mentor, an invaluable ambassador for the Disabled American Veterans. His selfless acts of volunteering to help better the lives of others will always be appreciated, and will never be forgotten by his those whose lives he touched, especially by my wife and I.
Jessie did his part in serving, and he did it well. I am very proud to have known Jessie and for him to be an important part of my life. His legacy will carry on into future generations of the Disabled American Veterans.
God Bless you and the family,
Ed Meiser, Commander DAV Department of Texas
Ed Heidrun MeiserBig Spring, TX
We will always have good thoughts, fond memories and smiles when we think of Jessie. He was an icon with the DAV and especially as the VAVS Representative. He will be missed, but never replaced. Our prayers are with you at this time.
Ken Hackney, 2nd Jr. Vice Commander, Department of TexasWills Point, TX
Our hearts and prayers are with the family at this time. The loss of our comrade will be felt throughout this organization.
Our thanks are expressed at this time for his service to our country. He gave unselfishly in our fight for freedom and the American way.
Disabled American VeteransGrand Prairie #42, TX
To the Alba Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Jessie was a wonderful man. If there is anything I can do please let me know. My love to all of you.
Connie Juarez Torresabilene, TX
God Bless the Alba Family
Darlene Spence Commander Unit 17 Universal City, Texas
Darlene SpenceSelma, TX
To the Alba Family, my thoughts and prayers are with you.
God Bless Percy Spence III Commander Dist. V
Percy Spence IIISelma, TX
I am so sorry to hear about Jesse. I appojnted him as ThDAV VAVS Representative at the Big Springs VAH when I was the Department VAVS Chairman. Jesee was dedicated to his job and the DAV. We become good friends over the years. May GOD ease your pain. Jesse will be missed. We need more VAVS Reps with just half the effort Jesse put in. Tillman, Past Deptartment DAV VAVS Chairman
Tillman J. RutledgeSan Antonio, TX
You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Teresa JohnikenLufkin, TX
Barb, Our thoughts and prayers are with you Keep your chin up Take care, Pat
Keith Pat StarkJacksonville, NC
My deepest sympathies on your recent lost.
William E Bailey
Borderland 10 El Paso Texas
William E BaileyEl Paso, TX
Barbara, I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family.
Barbara S. Galvan
Barbara Saucedo GalvanMansfield, TX
You and your family have my deepest sympathy in the loss of your husband . I hope the knowledge that Jessie is at peace now will comfort you in the days ahead.
Take care of yourself my friend
Jean EarlBolton,Ontairo,Canada, AL
The Disabled American Veterans, Department of Texas will miss Jessie. He was an important and active DAV member who gave of his time and himself dedicated to helping fellow veterans.
Eldon Armstrong, Department Adjutant
Eldon ArmstrongGrand Prairie, TX