Jesse R. Farley was born in Chicago Illinois in October 1944 to the proud parents of Jesse J. and Novelle L. Farley. He was the oldest child, with 2 younger sisters Linda (deceased) and JeTaun Jamerson. He is a graduate of Hirsch High School, Columbia College (undergraduate degree) and Governor's State University (Masters of Fine Arts). There he joined the brothers of Phi Beta Sigma.
Drummer, photographer and family man, our dad was a funny little guy. We have countless favorite phrases that he gave us. Some of his most common phrases were, "Quit asking me questions, that you don't what to know the answers to!". “In life, you are either going into a storm or coming out of one”, or "My name is Jess, and I ain't in that mess". As a drummer and musician, he was eternally proud of his one and only recording "Twine Time" by Alvin Cash and the Crawlers, in which he played the drums. Also while playing drummer with his dad, Jesse made several appearances on the Jubilee showcase tv show. Always a camera in his hand, he cherished the celebrity portraits he took over the years and his nature photography.
In his leisure time, he was an avid collector of digital and film cameras, electrical gadgets as well as a large collection of over a 100 baseball caps. Friends and family brought him hats from Hard Rock Cafes around the world, alma maters, baseball teams and his travels.
Professionally, Jesse worked for the State of Illinois, Charles Reid, and Henry Horner, where he met his true love, Rosemary. He then retired from Howe Developmental Center. All while starting and running his own business, Chafar Photo and Video based out of his home in Hazel Crest, Illinois.
When Jesse and Rosemary married in 1977, together they added 3 children to his family. Jesse is survived by his Wife, Rosemary, children; Jesse A., D'Andre', Tara (Ken Vosniak) Jennifer (Christopher Craddock), Jacqueline and his grandchildren, Jesse, Aidan, Morgan, Dylan, Simone, Lionel and Noemie. His legacy also continues through his sister JeTaun (Willie), nephews and nieces, Jeffrey, Kristen and Joanna. As well as 31 Wilke nieces and nephews; great uncle to 61 Wilke great nieces and nephews and great-great uncle to 3 Wilke great-great nieces.
Resting at the Adduci-Zimny Funeral Home, 14522 S Western Avenue, on Saturday, December 11th from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. A Memorial Service and Celebration of Life will take place at 2:00 p.m. at Saint Joseph Catholic Church, 17951 S Dixie Highway, Homewood with the Reverend Ronald Kondziolka, Officiating. Interment Private.
In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to Bandwith Chicago, 212 S. Francisco Avenue, Chicago, IL 60612 or The American Heart Association, 300 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 1200, Chicago IL 60606.
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American Heart Assocation
300 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 1200, Chicago IL 60606
Bandwith Music Ltd
212 S. Francisco Avenue, Chicago IL 60612