Jessie M. Dawkins


Jessie Marie Dawkins, age 78, received her heavenly wings on Wednesday, February 5, 2020. She was born in Columbus, Ohio on April 26, 1941, to the proud parents of James and Elizabeth Payne.

Jessie (affectionately known as Sissy) was a very compassionate, caring, and virtuous woman of God! She truly loved the Lord! As a matriarch of her family, she was the go to person for those around her and selflessly provided love that knew no limits. Jessie’s contagious laugh and pure heart brought joy to any room. She never met a stranger that didn’t adore her. She was also known for her boundless support to others and without hesitation she would provide a helping hand, often opening her home to take in mothers whenever they were in need.

As a dedicated mother of six, she not only understood what it meant to sacrifice, but also what it meant to love each of her children unconditionally. The eternal love that she instilled in each person’s life that she touched, is a seed that will continue to grow and allow her memory to prosper within our hearts forever.
She was preceded in death by her parents: James and Elizabeth Payne; Grandparents: Claude and Irene Whitney.

She leaves to cherish her memory, loving children: John Dawkins, Cheryl Dawkins, Kimberly (Ernie) Daniels, Scott Dawkins, Carla Dawkins and Tonya Lane; dedicated siblings: James (Kathryn) Payne, Carol Hogan, Marsha Coffey, and Leslie Payne; 12 precious grandchildren: Tony, Tiszonia, Terrance, Angelica, Cliffone, Marce’, Chantel, Jasmine, Kierra, Asante, Anjoli, Jordan and a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews; cousins; in-laws and special friends Brenda Smith Dunlop and Mitzi Patterson.

The world has truly lost a special gem, but heaven has gained a beautiful angel to continue to watch over and protect her loved ones!!

Visitation 12:00 PM and Funeral Service 1:00 PM Friday, February 14, 2020 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. Livingston Ave.

Interment at Glen Rest.

Condolence Messages

  1. John Arthur Hardy

    “Rest in peace”.

  2. My heart and thoughts are with the family. I’ve always appreciated Ms. Dawkins’ warm welcome, smile and humor. And, man, that lady was funny! I consider myself blessed to have known her and for the good memories she provided. She was art, and she will be missed. I’m grateful for her life and her impact on so many others.

    Praying for the family’s peace and perspective.

    Long Live Jesse Marie Dawkins.

  3. Carla and Family,

    My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. My the Lord bless you and keep you; may He make His face shine upon you and give you peace.

    Suzanne Rhea

  4. Pastors Edward& Dianna Poindexter

    Dear Family: May the Lord give you His Comfort and Strength during this difficult time of grief. Be encouraged and hold tight to all the memories of your dear loved one!

  5. Pastors Michael & Norjuan Parks Family (JM)

    Family, We are in prayer and will continue to pray for you all as you lean on Jesus Christ for peace and comforter. Love

  6. Tonya and Family,
    We are sending our heart felt condolences and praying for peace and comfort. Please know we hold the family close in our thoughts and hope you know you can lean on us for whatever you may need.

  7. We are saddened to learn about your family loss. May the support of family and friends be a source of strength and the God of comfort a refuge in your time of need. Truly sorry for your loss.

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