Joseph Paul Jessup
Retired U.S. Army Maj. Joseph Paul Jessup of Tavares, Florida, passed away unexpectedly Monday, July 28, 2014, at the age of 45.
He was born in Geneva, Alabama. Paul grew up in Greenwood and graduated from Center Grove High School, class of 1986. Paul served 26 years and recently retired from the U.S. Army with the rank of major. He served in Afghanistan in 2009. Paul last worked as a logistics officer at the Pentagon.
He moved to Tavares in January. He loved to help out the Tavares High School football team and at Tavares Youth Football. He was looking forward to assisting with coaching.
Paul was the biggest Alabama Crimson Tide Football fan on earth. Other than his family, that was the most important thing ever. He was a fanatic. More than anything, he loved to spend time with his wife and children. Paul was always there for his family, especially his children as they grew up. He loved being with them.
He is remembered and will be dearly missed by his wife of more than 17 years, Tracie; daughter, Kayla Ann Jessup (Keith Emberton) of Greenwood, and grandson, Kason Lee Emberton; sons, Jacob Paul Jessup and Joseph Allen Jessup, both of Tavares; parents, Col. (retired) Gregory A. and Sue Jessup of Greenwood; brother, Benjamin Tyler (Erin) Jessup of Avon; sisters, Molly Beeson (Thomas) Nunemaker of Bremen and Savannah (Wesley) Mattocks of Indianapolis; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Charles and Janet Walker of Tavares; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial ceremony will be at 11 a.m. Aug. 8 at Meridian Church of God, 7800 S. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46217.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675; www.woundedwarriorproject.org/donate.
Steverson, Hamlin & Hilbish Funerals and Cremations, Tavares, Florida, 352-343-4444, is handling arrangements.
Condolences, memories and photos may be shared on the tribute wall at www.steversonhamlinhilbish.com.