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Chief Jesse Eugene Yawn

September 10, 1960 ~ December 24, 2023 (age 63) 63 Years Old

Chief Jesse Yawn Obituary

Chief Jesse Eugene Yawn, 63, of Adrian passed away Sunday, December 24, 2023, at Emanuel Medical Center.

Chief Jesse Yawn aka “Pops” was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend. He was a devoted Fire Chief, city council member, first responder, community helper, and mechanic. He was a jack of all trades with a servant heart and was always available to those in need. He was born on September 10th, 1960 in Shelby Mississippi in his parent’s home. He grew up there in Mississippi and moved to Tennessee when he was 17 years old. In his early 20’s he became a dedicated member of the Bradley County Fire and Rescue. He was also apart of the Bradley County Sheriffs department. In 2002 he moved to Georgia and begin doing trail rides, and in a couple of years became the main mechanic at Charles Garage in Adrian Georgia. He quickly became affiliated with Adrian fire department and became the fire chief there in 2009. Jesse began working for himself in 2012 and started Yawn Repair. He owned that business until he passed. He was a helping hand to everyone and would give the shirt off of his back to a stranger. He married the love of his life, Kathy in 1997. He had 4 kids, 10 grandkids, and 1 great grand. He took care of everyone but especially his family. He was a great mentor and friend. He always answered his phone and always responded to any call he was toned out to. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends, community, and those who knew him. He left behind a void in all of our lives, and the impact he made on each person will last forever. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Elvin Levelle Yawn, Sr. and Maysie Elizabeth Yawn and grandsons, Brandon Tyler Yawn and Zachary Ryan Yawn.

He is survived by his wife Mary Katherine Yawn of Adrian; sons, Jesse Eugene Yawn, Jr., Dwayne Nathaniel Yawn (Carol) both of Cleveland, TN.; daughters, Amanda Elaine Yawn of Cleveland, TN., Theda Elizabeth Yawn of Adrian; brother, Elvin Levelle Yawn, Jr. (Debra); sisters, Peggy Sue Greenhaw, Margarette Yawn Morgan, Patsy Ann Sibly, Maysie Deloris Harvey, Sharon Gail Pallerine; grandchildren, Autumn Brianne Yawn, Haylee Marie Yawn, Dakoda Austin Yawn, Devin Alexander Yawn, Brooklyn Rose Yawn, Summer Dawn Burnette, Hunter John Burnette, Jesse Jex Rigdon; great-granddaughter, Sapphire Paisley Jade Blount; several nieces, nephews and many friends.

Funeral Services will be Saturday, December 30, 2023, at 2:00 P.M. in the Chapel of Chapman Funeral Home with Reverend David Oliver officiating. 

The family will receive friends from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. Friday, December 29, 2023, at Chapman Funeral Home.    

Interment will follow in Odomville Cemetery in Adrian. 

Pallbearers are Justin Johnson, Gary Green, Jr., Brian Elbort, Michael Meadows, Danton Morris, Kenneth Odom, Zachary Larrimore, Tommy Webb, and Wade Webb. 

Honorary Pallbearers are Chief Yawn’s firefighter family and all local and surrounding county Fire Departments. 

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Chapman Funeral Home of Swainsboro is in charge of the arrangements for Chief Jesse Eugene Yawn, 63, of Adrian.  

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December 29, 2023

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Chapman Funeral Home
427 North Main St.
Swainsboro, Georgia 30401

Funeral Service
December 30, 2023

2:00 PM
Chapel of Chapman Funeral Home
427 N. Main St.
Swainsboro, Georgia 30401

Interment following funeral service
December 30, 2023

Odomville Cemetery
Odomville Church Road
Adrian, GA 31002


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