Dr. Francis Milton “Milt” Jessup, Jr., age 86, passed away on September 27, 2010. He was born October 31, 1923 in Eastman, Georgia to Francis Milton Jessup, Sr. and Ada Cadwell Jessup. Milt graduated from Eastman High in 1941 and joined the Army Air Corps in 1942, was shipped overseas and served in the Pacific theater in the 458th Bombardment Squadron until the end of World War II. After the war, he attended Georgia Tech where he received an Industrial Engineering degree in 1951 and subsequently moved to Birmingham where he was employed with Southern Natural Gas Company for 32 years. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Birmingham. Ever studious, Milt continued his education throughout his life. He received a Master of Business Administration from Samford University in 1971 and later received a PHD in Public Administration from Nova University in 1979 at the age of 56. After retiring from SONAT in 1983, Milt went on to teach economics at Samford University and then statistics and economics at Wallace State Community College until 1992. Milt enjoyed reading and studying the Bible and devoted the last ten years of his life to unlocking the secrets of the Bible. One of his proudest achievements, which he completed a few months before his death, was a 300 page book which includes his unique Biblical perspectives from years of study. His survivors include his wife of 63 years, Selah Jessup; his son (Mayor of Riverside, AL) Rusty Jessup (Sandra); his daughter Julia Welch (Scott); his son Francis M. “Buddy” Jessup, III (Susan); his grandchildren Daniel Welch, Joshua Welch (Bethany), Owens Jessup, Francis M. “Rusty” Jessup, IV, and Kate Jessup; and many nieces and nephews. His parents and his bothers Caddie and Sam Jessup, and his sister, Annette, preceded him in death. A Memorial service will take place at the First Baptist Church of Birmingham, 2209 Lakeshore Drive at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 29, 2010. A family burial will follow Thursday at 4:00 p.m. (EST) at Stokes-Southerland Funeral Home in Eastman, GA. Milt will be remembered as a man totally committed to his family, a loving husband and father, a dedicated Christian, and one of the last true Southern Gentlemen. Condolences may be offered at www.kilgroefh.com. Kilgroe Funeral Home in Pell City directed the services.
Published on  September 30, 2010