Jesse S. Abrams, Jr. was born on January 25, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois to Jesse S. Abrams, Sr. and Inez Woods who both preceded him in death. Jesse was the oldest of six children and was the proud big brother to Kenneth Abrams, Leon Hubert, Stanley Hubert, Robbi Hubert and Steven Hubert.
Jesse accepted Jesus Christ as his lord and savior at a very early age; he was baptized at Bethlehem Star Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago, IL. After graduating from Tilden Technical High School in 1965, he continued his education at Southeast Junior College before joining the AT&T family in June of 1967.
In March 1970, Jesse married the love of his life, Loretta. Jesse and Loretta enjoyed a loving and supportive relationship that spanned more than four decades. In July of 1977, Jesse and Loretta relocated to Southfield, Michigan; Jesse transferred to Michigan Bell Telephone Company where he continued his career in telecommunications, holding various management positions until his retirement in June of 1998.
Jesse and Loretta welcomed their son, Jeffrey Scott, on November 25, 1972 and Jesse was passionate about his role as a father. Sadly, Jeffrey died too soon at the age of 20; however, during the time they had together Jesse was totally devoted to his son. He showered him with affection, taught him everything he felt that a young man needed to know and shared his many life lessons and experiences.
In 1999, life and careers brought Jesse and Loretta back home to the Chicago area and they relocated to Glen Ellyn, IL. They found DuPage AME Church and made it their church home in 2006.
Jesse had a joyous spirit - he loved his family, had many and varied interests and lived life with enthusiasm. He and Loretta had the opportunity to travel extensively and he always embraced new cultures wherever in the world their travels led them. He was a natural athlete and participated in a myriad of sports, but his favorite activities were basketball and fishing. He truly loved music, had a rich baritone voice and always sang with ‘a group’ - he loved harmonizing with the DuPage AME Church Men’s Chorus. His most recent passion was for theatre arts and he joined the DuPage AMEC Theatre Group where he participated as an actor, mentor and playwright.
Jesse was talented, kind-hearted, compassionate and had a great sense of humor. He laughed often, loved being around people, was generous with his time and especially enjoyed mentoring youth. He was always ‘in the mix’ and his honesty, dedication and total loyalty to his family and friends were the hallmarks of his character.
Jesse was a member of RAAM (Retired African American Men), the DuPage AME Church Brotherhood Men’s Ministry, the Men’s Chorus, the Usher Board and the DuPage Theatre Group. He was recognized with the Roy L. Miller Man of the Year Award on Men’s Day in 2010 by DuPage AME Church. Jesse was also a 33rd Degree Master Mason, achieving this status in 1980 in Michigan as a member of Capstone Lodge #30.
Jesse leaves to cherish his memories his loving wife Loretta, three brothers Kenneth E. Abrams (Brenda), Arthur S. Hubert and Steven K. Hubert, one sister Robbi L. Hubert, sister-in-law Perline (Cookie) Canty, brothers-in-law William L. Rodgers (Mary), James Rodgers (Irma Jean), Anthony Rodgers (Yalonda), his special nephews Christopher B. Canty and Ryan J. Rodgers, cherished nieces Jessica Abrams Johnson and LaKeisha Hayes, nephews Kenneth Abrams, Jr., Kedar Abrams and Jerome Abrams; beloved cousins Joyce Anderson, Regina Lee, Sheila Carter and Velisa Eison and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many, many friends.
Jesse was preceded in death by his son, Jeffrey Scott Abrams and his brother, Leon Jerome Hubert.
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