Bishop Jesse Thomas Ogburn has transitioned into the arms of Jesus March 13, 2021 in Tacoma, Washington.

Bishop Jesse T. Ogburn was born on April 12, 1930 in Clarksville, Tennessee to the union of Mr. Harry Ogburn and Mrs Janie A. Ogburn. Jesse is the second of four children. Three boys Joe Henry, Jesse Thomas and James Kelly and one girl, Mary Elizabeth. Jesse started his education at Bailey Cobb’s Elementary School in Clarksville.

The family leaving Clarksville in 1944 relocating in Muncie, Indiana, where Jesse enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1948 where he completed his education. He served in Germany for fourteen years, where he met Elfriede Guest. With the permission of the Army they were married from this union was born three children: Corinna, Lester and Ruby.

Jesse also served in the U.S. Army in France, Viet-Nam and the U.S.A. receiving many awards and medals. to include the Bronze Medal Star. He retired after serving 21 years and settled down in Tacoma, Washington. He worded for West Coast Grocery Distributor’s retiring after 20 years.

Jesse joined the Prince Hall Masonic Order in 1964 and was initiated in Cassia Lodge #5 F. & A.M. Prince Hall Affiliated and became Master of the Lodge. He received the last and final degree, 33rd degree of the Masonic Order. He is also a Past Commander In Chief of Consistory #75 Jesse served as the Grand Chaplain of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Washington and Jurisdiction for fifteen years. He was also a member of the Eastern Star, Yemen Temple 152 and Cascidian Consistory #75. Jesse joined the Shiloh Baptist Church on June 20, 1982 under the Pastoralship of the late Dr. Ernest S. Brazill. While serving as a Deacon on Easter morning 1995 the Lord called Jesse into the ministry. He received a Doctor of Divinity degree from the A. L. Hardy Academy of Theology in Seattle, WA. He was ordained and served as the Senior Associate Minister of Shiloh Baptist church in Tacoma, Washington under the Pastoralship of Dr. Gregory Christopher.

Viewing services

3pm-6pm Friday March 19, 2021 at Shiloh Baptist Church 1211 S I St, Tacoma, Washington 98405

Masonic Services

6pm March 19th at Shiloh Baptist church

Funeral service

11am March 20th at  Shiloh Baptist Church


12:30pm Tuesday March 22, 2021

Tahoma National Cemetery 18600 SE 240th St, Kent, WA 98042

  1. James M Daye says:

    To the Ogburn Family,
    Expressing heartfelt sympathy and offering a prayer, that
    God above will comfort you and ease the loss you bear.
    Thinking of you in these difficult times and sending love.

    James & Marie Daye

  2. Sherman Redd says:

    To the family of Rev. Jesse T. Ogburn, I send my deepest heartfelt condolences, as you already know, he will be missed in the hearts of many,

    Matthew 25:23

    His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’

    Let’s all smile and be glad he’s home now. Amen

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