Jessie Loren Crockett
Jesse Loren Crockett, a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather, passed away at age 70 on January 14, 2024.
Jesse graduated from Kecoughtan High School in Hampton and was a long-time member of the Northampton Volunteer Fire Department, which he loved. He lived in his Northampton neighborhood for 45 years and loved his neighbors.
Jesse loved Mountain Dew and the show Yellowstone. He enjoyed watching all sports and was a fan of the North Carolina Tarheels and the Las Vegas Raiders. He was dedicated to his work and would be there every morning at 5:00 a.m. Jesse also enjoyed doing yard work and could be seen working in the yard every weekend during the spring and summer. Jesse was introduced to Theresa, his loving wife of 49 years, by his brother-in-law, Billy Jr., while working at the Daily Press. Jesse loved his family, including his cats. He was a dedicated father to all his children, whom he loved dearly. He adored his mother-in-law, Theresa Hall; he would do anything for her and his children. He enjoyed the running joke with his family that he was famous because he closely resembled Jeff Dunham’s puppet, Walter. Jesse was very close to his brother-in-law, Emmett, whom he jokingly called “Crackhead” instead of Emmett, and enjoyed the many times they spent making fun of each other’s sports teams. Jesse adored his grandparents, Howard and Ada Crockett, whom he spent a lot of time with when he was young. He enjoyed their weekly outing to Giant Open Air after church on Sundays to get a pizza he would eat in the car with his grandma. He also loved his grandma’s scrapple so much that she would make her “Jesse Loren,” as she always called him, two pans just for him every year around November and would call him to come pick it up while it was warm.
He is preceded in death by his father, Jessie Crockett; mother, Phoebe Tillison-Wingard; grandparents that he adored, Howard and Ada Crockett; and father-in-law, William R. Hall, Sr.
Jesse is survived by his wife of 49 years, Theresa Crockett; his sons, Emmett Crockett (Jenna) and Christopher Crockett (Amanda); his daughter, Tammy Smith; his grandchildren, Rawley, Cameron, Annabelle, Breslyn, River, Layne, and Keegan; his brother, Robert Crockett (Debbie); two special brothers-in-law, Emmett Hall and William Hall (Judy); and his mother-in-law, Theresa Hall.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, January 22, 2024, at 6:00 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home. Memorial donations may be made to Newport News Animal Services, 5843 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, VA 23605.