Jesse Milton Deal, 80, of Charlotte, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, June 12, 2023.
Jesse was born May 1, 1943, in Cabarrus County to the late Homer and Dora Deal.
Jesse graduated from North Carolina State in 1965. He was a veteran of the Air Force and Air National Guard. Jesse retired as Lt. Col. in 1993 after proudly serving for 28 years. He was a navigator in southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. Jesse was an entrepreneur, having owned a car lot and service station. Most recently, he became involved in selling fruits and vegetables at the NC state farmer's market in Charlotte. He was known as the "apple man." Jesse was a quiet man and was especially fond of cats. Most of all, he was a loving dad and pawpaw. He will be forever loved and greatly missed.
Survivors include daughter, Tina (Ricky) Deese of Kannapolis; granddaughter, Tiffany Deese; and great-granddaughter, Trinity.
The family will receive friends from 1:00 pm - 2:45 pm, Thursday, June 15, 2023, at Hartsell Funeral Home of Harrisburg. The funeral service with miltiary honors in celebration of Jesse's life will follow at 3:00 pm in the funeral home chapel. Jesse will be laid to rest at Salisbury National Cemetery during a private committal service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, your local hospice, cat rescue or humane society.
Hartsell Funeral Home of Harrisburg is serving the Deal family.