Jesse William Nicely
December 10, 1957 - February 9, 2021
Daddy, how can I ever write anything that will measure up to the man that you were?
A Godly man who loved everyone, even those who persecuted him.
You always looked for the good in others and would give of yourself no matter the circumstance.
I hope this tribute to your beautiful life makes you so proud.
The world truly won’t be the same without you...
my life will never be the same without you... the hearts and lives that you touched will mourn you.
you left such a tremendous legacy, and I can’t imagine the splendor of the crown you laid at the
feet of Jesus. My father Jesse William Nicely left for his heavenly home on February 9, 2021. Daddy
told me of all the adventures he and his brothers had as children. My grandmother definitely had
her hands full raising those three boys. Many people over the years asked me how my dad got
the nickname “Bottles”. When he was a boy he would pick up coke bottles off the side of the
road and return them for change. He would always get him an RC and a moon pie as a treat
after collecting his bottles. Everyone at the IGA started calling him “Bottles”, and the name
Around 1977 dad met my Mom at Scotties, and from the moment he saw her it was love
at first sight. My parents married in 1979, the year I was born. Growing up I had the best father
a daughter could ever be blessed with. He loved my mother with all his heart, and they modeled
what a marriage should be to their children. I have so many beautiful memories of my father. He
worked endlessly to provide for his family. He always tucked my brother and me in every night
and told us how much he loved us, no matter how late his workday was. He always had the
solution to any obstacle or problem that life provided. He loved to hunt and fish, and loved his
friends. Daddy was the kind of man who would give you the shirt off of his back, no questions
asked. He was loyal. We couldn’t go anywhere without running into someone that Daddy knew.
So many childhood memories involved my dad doing things for others. He was an amazing
carpenter and helped so many people build homes, garages, porches, outbuildings, fences, etc.
He never asked for payment, he just wanted to lend a helping hand. God blessed daddy with
the ability to build and create. I told him so many times that he should have built homes for a
living, but my dad was an asphalt man. He built roads, and he was the best at it! To this day the
smell of asphalt reminds me of my daddy. He was a father figure to so many, giving so much of
himself to those who needed that role filled in their life. He poured himself out for others. He
lived as Christ demands of us, and I’m so proud of him. Even when his flesh was failing he put
aside his wants and needs for others. My dad believed right was right and wrong was wrong.
His morals and values proved time and time again that he was a man of integrity. Daddy loved
his mother and honored her all the days of her life. My grandmother raised a phenomenal man
that took pleasure in caring for her. There is not enough paper for me to write of your attributes
and all your splendor. Daddy, we will hold and treasure you in our hearts until we meet again.
Forever your pumpkin.
Love always, Terri, Jay-Jay, Bubba, Andy, Kaylee bear, Mae bug,
Margaret, and Blake.
Jessie was proceeded in death by his mother Dottie Dimple Longmire Nicely; father, Harold “Bill”
Nicely; brother, Eugene “Gene” Nicely; grandmother, Nancy Bledsoe Longmire; grandfather,
Hodge Longmire; grandmother, Pearl Lay Nicely; and grandfather, Will Nicely.
He is survived by his beautiful bride of 41 years, Terri Lunsford Nicely; brother, Wayne "Cricket" (Pam) Nicely; daughter, Jessica Nicely
Pratt (Andrew); son, Travis Nicely (Lauren); granddaughter, Kaylee Pratt (Blake); granddaughter,
Kaycee Mae Pratt; special family, Margaret Pratt, Jake Johnson, Bailey Johnson, and all the
beautiful souls whom God placed in his life.
In lieu of flowers, Jessie would want you to pay it forward. Please perform a random act of
kindness in his memory.
The family will be holding a graveside service at Block Springs Baptist Church in Blaine, TN on
Friday, February 12, 2021, at 11 am.
For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and
you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you
cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’ “Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord,
when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? Or
a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see
you sick or in prison and visit you?’ “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to
one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!” ~ Matthew 25:35-40
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