Jesse L. Harbin, age 75, passed away on July 10, 2019. He was born on May 5, 1944 in Beaumont, TX to Jesse R. Harbin and Joyce Chiles Harbin.
Faithful and studious, Jesse was as intelligent as he was accomplished. A natural born leader throughout his life, Jesse was successful in multiple career fields, including teaching, technical writing and process operation. God blessed him with the ability to teach, and he possessed a talent for transforming the most complex subjects into simple lessons for anyone to understand. At the age of 10, he attended a Vacation Bible School at Terrell Park in Beaumont, TX and became a faithful Christian from that day on. Jesse taught Bible studies for years to numerous different age groups; his faith was a beacon of light to many. At the early age of six years old, his father placed a trumpet in his hands. This led to a lifelong passion and dedication to music that blessed so many, including many years of his professional career within the Beaumont Symphony, playing live for community plays, and the regular appearance in church programs. In all of Jesse’s achievements, none brought him as much joy as his family. In his youth Manning’s Skating Rink was a very significant place for Jesse, where he and Kim’s romance and future would start to blossom into a relationship that would last for the rest of their lives. After Kim got in a car accident and was stuck in the hospital, Jesse visited her every day, and one of those days, as she lay in the hospital bed, he asked for her hand in marriage. On January 14, 1971, Jesse and Kim vowed their love to one another in marriage; this love gave them 48 years of cherished memories, with a legacy that will live on in the hearts and minds of their family and friends. The lessons Jesse was able to teach to so many different people will live on through generations to come, and the sound of his music will be kept safely in the hearts of those he loved so dearly.
Left to honor his memory is his loving wife, Kim Bossier Harbin; daughters, Tara Renee Rogers of Keller, TX, Stacy Michelle Harbin of Keller, TX and Tracy Elizabeth Bankston of Keller, TX; sons, Jesse Daniel Harbin and wife, Kelly, of Lumberton, TX and Jonathan David Harbin of Texas City, TX; sister, Sylvia Inez Harbin of New Orleans, LA; grandchildren, Tori Michelle Harbin, Colby Willis, Donovan Bankston, Katie Bankston, Abigail Rogers, Hannah Rogers, and Lydia Harbin; great-granddaughter, Aurora Mijares; and numerous extended family and friends.
Jesse is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Linda Lemon; and grandson, Jesse Andrew Harbin.