Jose Encarnacion Tijerina (Jesse), of Kerrville, passed away at home surrounded by his loving wife and children on Sunday, October 10, 2021. Jesse was born on April 16, 1946 in Corpus Christi, Texas to Jesus Tijerina and Luz Peña. He had seven siblings Elodia, Minerva, Gloria, Rosalinda, Jose, Juan Manuel, and Richard.
Jesse attended Roy Miller High school in Corpus Christi and continued his education to receive an Associate's Degree. When he was younger he worked as a stock boy and cashier at Bill's Grocery Store. Jesse was a hard worker and was known for his work ethic. It didn't take him long to be put in the position of store manager at Burger Chef. In due time, Jesse supervised all the Burger Chef locations in Corpus Christi and surrounding area.
Jesse was a proud veteran and served in the United States Air Force. He was also a teacher and a director of a bible school in the Philippines where he devoted decades of his life training missionaries and sending them out to provinces that did not have knowledge of Jesus Christ.
He was known for his sense of humor and enjoyed teasing his siblings through out childhood. He would spend time with his brothers fishing and hunting or truck driving with his father. As an adult he loved to travel and was a well thought out travel planner. He loved to take his family around the U.S. and took many family trips outside of the country.
Jesse's first marriage was to Elizabeth ''Betty'' Barrera and they had three sons, Jesse James, Jacob Gabriel, Jeremy Raul and one daughter, Liza Christine.
Jesse married Janeth Abines on September 29 in Calamba Laguna, Philippines. They had a marriage ceremony again in the United States on July 4, 2005 in Ingram, Texas. Together they had four children, Christopher John, David Jay, Kristy Marie, and Timothy Jesse.
Jesse fought a hard battle against cancer for two years. He succumbed to cancer in his home, as per his request, surrounded by family. Many people loved Jesse and called and visited him during this time showing their love and support for their father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend.
Jesse was preceded in death by his parents, Jesus Tijerina and Luz Peña, and two sisters Elodia and Rosalinda, affectionately known as Cha Cha and Hita.
Jesse is survived by his caring wife of 22 years Janeth Tijerina and his children. From his first marriage: Jesse James; Jacob Gabriel; Jeremy Raul; Liza Christine; and two grandchildren Yazmine and Rebekah. From his second marriage: Christopher John; David Jay; Kristy Marie; Timothy Jesse and one grandchild on the way.
An evening viewing for family and friends will be held on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Grimes Funeral Chapel, 728 Jefferson St Kerrville, Texas. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at Grimes Funeral Chapel, with a viewing prior to the service from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
For those unable to attend, Services will be available for livestream through Jesse's Facebook Live on Wednesday, October 13th beginning at 1:00 pm at the following link:https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=3174021009496520&id=100001618729440&m_entstream_source=timeline
Honorary Pallbearers are Jesse James Tijerina, Jacob Gabriel Tijerina, Jeremy Raul Tijerina, Christopher John Tijerina, David Jay Tijerina, Timothy Jesse Tijerina and Aleandro Gutierrrez.
Interment will be at Fort Sam Houston Veteran's Cemetery in San Antonio where full military honors will be provided.