Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. John 14:1-4
On Sunday, April 15, 2012, God summoned for his angel, Jessie James Bullock, to come home to the place that he had prepared in his Heavenly Kingdom. On December 25, 1922, Mr. Bullock was born unto his parents, Jim Bullock and Linda Macon. Although an only child, he was full of life, and possessed such a warm spirit that would brighten anyone’s day. He was raised in a home full of love and Christian values, as it was at an early age that he accepted Christ as his personal Lord and Savior. Mr. Bullock was raised in the church, and began serving the Lord at Piney Grove A.M.E. in Manchester, under Rev. H. H. Scott. As an adult, he joined Williams' Temple COGIC in Sparkman, AR under the leadership of Elder Paul Williams, and until his health began to decline, he would often attend New Hope COGIC in Dalark, AR under the leadership of Elder G. C. Nolen.
Mr. Bullock enjoyed having fun, but most importantly, he enjoyed his family and people. As a young man, he met and married the love of his life, Annie Pearl Tidwell; and to their union eight beautiful children were born. He was a family oriented man who instilled in his children an honest work ethic, self-respect, and dignity. He moved his family to BoBo, also known as Griffithtown, over 66 years ago-
to a little house on the hill, where he remained with his wife for 61 years before moving to Arkadelphia.
While on the hill, he became a brother figure to his special cousin, Lillie Jones, and friends, Queenie Cooks and Jessie “Calvin” Henson; whose lives he touched on a daily basis. Mr. Bullock’s love for his family was evident by the way he guided his children and grandchildren. His first-born grandson and granddaughter, Greg Bullock and Shelia Jones, were special to him; they paved the way for all of the other grandchildren to follow.
As a young boy, Mr. Bullock grew up working in the pulpwoods, and eventually worked for Union Pacific railroad. He finally settled down at the Arkadelphia Human Development Center in Arkadelphia, AR where he eventually retired. After retirement, and needing an activity, Mr. Bullock began driving the school bus for the Arkadelphia School District for many years. He was known for getting the students where they needed to be safely, and in a short amount of time.
He will be welcomed home by his parents; one son, Jerry James Bullock (2011); and one great-grandson, Xanton L. Harper (2011).
Those who are left to carry on his legacy are: his lovely wife of 66 years, Annie Pearl Bullock; three sons- Willie Bullock of Modesto, CA, Jimmy (Jan) Bullock of Gurdon, AR, and Arthur (Patricia) Bullock of Maumelle, AR; four daughters- Jewel Harris of Tulsa, OK, Malinda (Chris) Arnold of Arkadelphia, AR, Shirley (Terry Sr.) Williams of Alexander, AR, and Linda (Ellis) Gulley of Arkadelphia, AR; one daughter-in-law Venetta Bullock of Sparkman, AR; 22 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great-grandchildren. He also leaves a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
Mr. Bullock will lie in repose on Friday, April 20, 2012 from 2:00 pm until 7:00 pm. The family will receive friends from 6-7pm at the funeral home.
A Celebration in honor of his life will be held Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in the sanctuary of Gennesaret Baptist Church, 1751 Logan Street, where Rev. Frederick Smith is the pastor. Elder G. C. Nolen will preach the eulogy.
The Committal Service and final resting place will be at Piney Grove Cemetery.