Jessie Jeffrey Villarreal, 29, passed away Sunday, November 30, 2008 in Abilene. His funeral service with David Leyerle and Dr. Julian Bridges officiating will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, December 5th in the Elmwood Funeral Home Chapel, 5750 HWY 277 South with burial following in Elmwood Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 6 to 7 PM with Prayer Service beginning at 7 PM on Thursday, December 4th at Elmwood Funeral Home.
Jessie was born on August 6, 1979 in Abilene. He graduated from Abilene High in 1999, was active in the ROTC program and was an Eagle Scout. He had worked for Fehr Foods for the past several years. Jessie made a profession of faith, accepted Christ as his Savior and was baptized at the First Baptist Church of Abilene; he grew up very active in the Big A program and later worked at the Family Life Center. He was a volunteer for City Light Community Church and had volunteered during Thanksgiving serving a meal to others in need.
Jessie was a joyful person who always saw the good in everyone. He was a beloved Son, always there to help his mother and his family with whatever they might need.
Survivors include his mother, Josefina Villarreal of Abilene; his Dad, Brian Lilly of Abilene; his biological father, Robert Martinez of Abilene; his grandmother, Beatrice Courtin of Mathis; five brothers, Manuel Villarreal of Canton, Bobby Ortiz of Abilene, Francisco Villarreal of North Dakota, Armondo Villarreal of Mathis and Robert Martinez Jr. of Abilene; four sisters, Petra Ortiz, Annette Valerio, Michelle Villarreal and Anna Marie Espericueta all of Abilene; numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.
My heart, thoughts and prayers go out to my family for your loss. I did not get to be there in person, trust my thoughts were there with you and for Jessie. For i wish i could of known more of this great man as you did.
Jennifer Castilloabilene, TX
My sympathy goes to the Villarreal family for this loss.
Tera GibsonAbilene, TX
Marie family friends of Jessie,
My heart is filled with sadness and I cannot imagine the pain you feel right now. Jessie will be missed by so many friends and loved ones. I only met him a couple times, but I know what a good person Jessie was and how important he was to his family. He had a kind soul and a gentle heart. Jessie will be greatly missed and a part of him will always be with those who knew him.
I know how close you two were and I still cant believe it. My heart goes out to you and I am so sorry for your loss. If there is anything I can do to help you during this difficult time let me know. Youve got my number. Call me whenever you need to talk. I wish I could do more.
Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Anna BurroughsAustin, TX
My thoughts and prayers are with each of you at this time. I know it may be hard to see it now but God only takes the best. Jessie was a wonderful person
Rachel Gutierrez LewisAbilene, TX
Jessie and my son, Chuck, were friends many years ago, and I remember him working at the FLC also. He was a kind young man, and he will be missed by many. Our prayers are with your family.
Nancy HaddoxAbilene, TX
Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family.
Rachel BautistaAbilene, TX
Marie and family, May the Lord send His Spirit to Comfort and bring Healing to you during your time of loss.
By His Grace
David BurroughsAbilene, TX, TX