Mr. Jessie Burnell Sapp, 69, of Raleigh, North Carolina departed this earthly life on Monday, October 1, 2018.

Sgt. Jessie Burnell Sapp was born in Raleigh, NC on November 11, 1942 to the late Marie Frances Terell of Raleigh, NC. After graduating from Ligon High in 1963 at the age of 18, he enlisted in the United States Army in 1970 and was deployed to Phu Bai, Vietnam. In June of 1975, Sgt. Sapp returned home after being awarded the National Defence Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Parachute Badge, Vietnam Service Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Good Conduct Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal w/60 Device and the Expert Medal of M-16. Sgt. Sapp was honorably discharged in August of 1982.

Jessie loved to fish and cook with his family surrounding him. He was most famously known for his BBQ and great catches of fish. Everyone with which he came in contact loved and cherished him for the gentle spirit he was. After working most his life at International Paper and retiring in 2004. Sgt. Sapp married Cathy Armstrong of Raleigh, NC in 2007. He was preceded in death by an older brother, June Sapp.

Sgt. Jessie Burnell Sapp leaves to cherish his memories and mourn his passing; his wife, Cathy of the home; his older brother, Robert Star (Judy) of East Orange, New Jersey and his dearest friend of 35 years Kock McKnight

Sgt. Sapp also leaves precious memories to his children: Clair Jessica Williams of Raleigh and Jessica Tucker of Little Washington, NC; stepchildren, Crystal Hunter, Donald Armstrong, and Ervin Harris, all of Raleigh. Also left to continue his loving legacy are: his 12 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren, and a host of other loving relatives and friends.

I think the headset part of losing someone isn’t having to say goodbye, but rather learning to live without them. Always trying to fill the void the of the emptiness that's left inside your heart when they go. God only takes the best and brightest, so we know you’re shining brightly. We will forever love you. – Baby girl.

Funeral service at 1:00 PM Saturday, October 6, 2018 at the C.A. Haywood, Sr. Memorial Chapel preceded by a 12:30 visitation. Interment will follow at Carolina Biblical Gardens.