Jessie Bannerman

Jessie Bannerman Jr.

Saturday, July 11th, 1953 - Thursday, April 16th, 2020
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Jessie Bannerman Jr., age 66, departed this life on April, 16th, 2020 at Baptist Hospital, Penscola, Fl.

Jessie was born on July 11, 1953 in Christian Hospital, Miami, Fl. to Fronia Pittman and Jessie Bannerman Sr.

Jessie grew up in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. and attended Dillard High School. In his own words when he was a skipper he enjoyed being a lifeguard and loved his dogs. He worked as a construction and warehouse laborer and studied A/C Repair. He was a dashingly handsome man who loved to dress and hit the night spots. He enjoyed spending time with his mom and cousin Al who he said was like a big brother. He had a passion for old school soul music and the ladies. He was an only child and admitted he was spoiled to his heart's desire by both his loving mother Fronia and paternal grandmother Annie Mae Smalls. He sincerely loved and appreciated his mother Fronia for always standing by him through thick and thin. He submitted his life to Christ and studied the bible. Jessie knew how to pray. He spoke often of how GOD in his mercy had spared his life many times. Jessie was highly intelligent, enjoyed reading a vast array of subjects, from the Bible to philosophy. He wrote poems, researched law books and was blessed with outstanding penmanship. He said he was jokingly called a Disillusioned Shakespeare by his buddies. He always had a word of encouragement for others in spite of what he was going through. He was kind and compassionate. He often stood up for those being bullied and shared with the less fortunate. He valued quiet time to himself but was by no means a pushover. He was not afraid to speak his mind, and did so quite often. His spirit of perseverance in the face of insurmountable adversity could not dim the beautiful light that was our Jessie. He was an unsung hero with an indomitable spirit, strong and opinionated, very unique, truly an exceptional man. GOD blessed our lives with his presence whether cool and laid back or courageously standing up for his rights. That was our Jessie and we loved him fiercely and unconditionally as deeply as we knew he loved us.

Jessie was preceded in death by his wife Cellie Francis Bannerman and his father, Jessie Bannerman Sr. and stepmother Alice Bannerman.

He is survived by his devoted mother, Fronia Pittman of Ft. Lauderdale, Fl., George Pittman family, Monticello, Fl., Rosa Lee Russ family, Orlando, Fl., special cousins Lendra Smith and Brenda Davenport, Orlando Fl., special cousin, Thabit Al-Mateen, Jackson County Fl., special cousin, Corona Brown, Miami, Fl., special friend Rhonda Kaye Rattray, Ft. Lauderdale, FL., special friend Naomi McMullen, Lufkin, Texas, including other family and friends.

For it is written “John 8:36, If the Son sets you free you are free indeed”.

Jessie we can
only imagine you smiling at Our Saviour and walking around heaven greeting loved ones and probably eating ice cream.

Jessie if we could only have one more hug we would never let go. Your voice, your laughter and presence has left our lives but for a moment. We longingly miss you but will carry our love for you as a cherished memory in our hearts, minds and souls until we meet again.

No information available at this time for Celebration of Life due to Corona-Virus. Condolences may be made online at Lewis Funeral Home
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lendra smith

Posted at 04:24pm
To our Lovely Aunt Fronia,
Thinking especially of you with heartfelt love and compassion as we walk with you through this difficult time, and asking GOD to show you His love in unmistakable ways. Your Jessie will always be our Jessie because he was extra special and one of a kind and we will carry him in our hearts forever more until we meet again. We love you as we love him and are here for you for whatever you need. Love Always, Your niece Lendra

lendra smith

Posted at 02:03pm very best and closest friend whom I dearly love has gone home to our Father’s house. The bible says “In my house there are many mansions. If it were not so I would not have told you”. I believe your mansion is all kinds of awesome! After what the system put you through I am sure it is as you used to say, “Pure Paradise”. Knowing you have departed this life feels unreal at the moment. My heart is broken and sad knowing I won’t hear your voice calling to chat with me every day. I miss your laughter. I often wondered how you could smile let alone laugh, but you did! I was amazed at your faith, hope, courage and perseverance. I miss listening to old school music with you, you knew all the artists! One day we had 22 calls, I still can’t believe it! You were my best friend, confidante, encourager and Prayer Partner. We could tell each other anything, no judgement. You loved reminiscing about how happy you were when I picked you up in 1976 on New Year's Day in my blue Malibu. We prayed I would pick you again this time but alas it was not to be. GOD had other plans which we can only imagine do not compare to anything we have seen on this side.

You said you knew GOD sent me back into your life again to help you with your struggle because you were weary. The blessing was mutual. We said issues in life left us feeling like we had broken wings so we helped each other in the nick of time before I said I felt like “jumping off the ledge” and you said you felt like “cashing in your chips”. It’s like that song by Hezekiah Walker that goes “I pray for you, you pray for me, I love you, I need you to survive”. That was us. I knew how much the visits, letters and phone calls meant to you and I would do it all over again. Getting to know the heart of you, the real you was my blessing.
Thank you for showing up in my life Jessie Bannerman Jr….I love you and miss you. As a child of the Most High GOD in Christ Jesus....Never goodbye...see ya later! Big Hugz Cuz!
Love you eternally..Lendra Smith,Orlando, Fl.

Brenda Davis-Davenport

Posted at 02:49am
Dearest Cousin Jessie,
You were always more than a cousin from when we were teenagers silly and funny here in Orlando. Always loved you
dearly. God gave us a great gift when he gave us you. Even in last years I still see your smile in visiting and hear your smile even on the phone. It was contagious. Like " DAVID IN LONG SUFFERING". You still had joy and peace at times in your situation so you could have the perserverance and endurance of Job to stand STILL waiting on your change to come. GOD KNOWS WE WANTED YOU HOME.

You fought a good fight, began to trust GOD kept your faith and finished your course. The battle is over. We love you wanted you home and wanted you here. BUT GOD LOVES YOU MORE and wanted you in our eternal home. Now I know you are safe in his arms.

REST IN PEACE CUZ, we'll meet again some day!

Cousin Brenda and Your Momma"s Aunt Rosa and Family

Brenda Davis-Davenport Posted at 02:28am

P.S. AUNT FRONIA, I was inspired to become a nurse after visiting Jessie in hospital here in Orlando as teenager here for many weeks. My lifetime career was because of him. Again that's why we love him. He was truly unforgettable. " TO BE ABSENT FROM THE BODY IS TO BE PRESENT WITH THE LORD." God Bless You Aunt FRONIA Brenda and sons Jermaine and Damionne Davis

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