Jesse Rachel, 83, of Siler City died Thursday, February 21, 2019 at Laurels Of Chatham, Pittsboro.
Mr. Rachel was born in Chatham County on March 15, 1935 the son of James R. and Mamie (Caviness) Rachel. Jesse retired from Hadley People's Manufacturing and was an active member of Oakley Baptist Church where he taught Sunday School, sang in the choir, served as a deacon and was a member of The Brotherhood. He enjoyed watching NASCAR and wrestling.
Jesse was preceded in death by his parents; brother, James Russell Rachel; sister, Wanna Mae Moore and his twin, Bessie Brown.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years: Barbara (Trogdon) Rachel; daughter: Dianna "Dee" Brafford of Lexington; son: Jeff Rachel and wife, Wanda of Siler City; brother: Lynn Rachel of Greensboro; grandchildren, Brittany and Ryan Rachel, Jason Brafford, Jennifer B. McMahan (Josh); great-grandchildren, Vada, Myers and Eloise. The family will receive friends Saturday, February 23, 2019 from 1:30-3:00 PM at Oakley Baptist Church. The funeral will follow Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 3:00 PM at Oakley Baptist Church, 2300 Siler City-Glendon Road, Siler City with Rev. Jeff Johnson officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Chatham Relay For Life, Ann McDaniel, PO Box 526, Siler City, NC 27344. Smith & Buckner Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Online condolences may be made at www.pughfuneralhome.com.