Jesse Souza age 32 of Lawrenceville passed away February 5, 2015. He is survived by his wife, Alex Danielle Souza; parents, Randy & Sue Souza, Fairburn, GA; sisters, Anna Laurie Souza, Falls Church, VA, Theresa Massey Springfield, MO, Angela Lhemberg, Ozark, MO, Elizabeth Campbell, Springfield, MO, Gina Souza, Denver, CO; brothers, John Souza, Dublin, GA, Russell Souza, Mt. Vernon, MO. Jesse was a Staff Sgt. in the U.S. Marine Corps with 11 years of service having served in Operation Iraqi Freedom, he worked with Gwinnett Sherriff’s Department as a Deputy Sherriff and was a Police Officer with Gwinnett Police Department. As a Marine reservist, he was active in the Hurricane Katrina clean-up project. Jesse was an avid mechanic and loved all things MOPAR. He cherished his time customizing his 2009 Dodge Challenger. A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 5:00 P.M. at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Hwy. Lawrenceville. Family will receive friends prior to service from 2:00 P.M. until 5:00 P.M. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Jesse Souza to the North Atlanta Toys for Tots, 3072 Biltmore Woods Dr., Buford, GA 30519 or The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Georgia, 3715 Northside Pkwy, Bldg 400 Suite 300, Atlanta, GA 30327. Online condolences can be expressed at  

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  1. Jesse will be missed by all. Too young, too soon. We will always remember the fun and fellowship at First Christian Church and Woodland Camp where our children grew up. We love you Sue, Anna, and Dr. Souza.

  2. I remember when I first met Jesse… Pulled up in this sweet Turboed Challenger. We got to talking about his car and how he did all the work to it. Later he decided to join Atlanta Mopar Club. Though we didn’t see him much Jesse always stayed active on our page and came out when he could. I am so happy that I had the time to have met Jesse and was able to spend time with him and his wife. To his wife : Alex we love you , and if there is anything we can do please let us know. #teamAMC.

  3. So many superlatives come to mind when we think of Jesse. He was all things good, hard working, fair and honorable. Everyone admired him and were frankly a little in awe of him. He seemed oblivious to so many of the negative pulls of society. On the one hand he was a tower of strength, an honored Marine and a Sheriff’s Deputy and a respected master of all things motorized. But then there was the side of him that openly loved his beautiful Alex, his gangly legged dogs, cooking delicious meals and growing beautiful plants. All those sisters and brothers and his loving parents must be so terribly proud of him. Every picture I have seen of him with Alex shines with love between the two of them for anyone to see. Their union was short but the depth of their love was as deep as those married 50 years. And on a personal note he was loved by our family, Jerry, Judy Joey Stafford and Jason Bowen. Jason loved Jesse Souza like a brother and though they presented an almost comical pair they shared a unique friendship filled with humor, devotion and respect. To Alex and her family and to Mr. and Mrs. Souza and Jesse’s siblings allow us to extend our deepest sympathy and heartfelt prayers in the coming days.

  4. Jesse,
    God Bless your family and Friends. You left this world too soon and I am so sorry for that. Your family is in my prayers. #TeamAMC will miss you.


  5. Rest in peace bro, we never met but you always and the right answer and was helpful on the club page. You will always be family, #teamAMC always.

  6. Jesse,
    Rest In Peace brother. You will be missed by many. If you don’t mind say hey to my dad. He was in the Army so go easy on him! You are one of the good ones taken way to early. Regards to your family.

    Danny Clark

  7. I had talked many times with Jesse about different auto related things , Alex we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and Hearts go out to you and your family , RIP JESSE

  8. Although we didn’t get a chance to meet you, but just by reading other friends comments and your obituary, you were a honorable gentlemen in today’s society.

  9. Miss you man. Your friends and family will cherish the legacy that you left. I was proud to serve alongside you and I will miss the cool Chally stories. The Mustangs can run around without worry now! 🙂
    Rest easy soldier

  10. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Souza family. I only had the pleasure of meeting Jesse on a few occasions while out with our local car club, but it was in those moments that I gain so much respect for the man that he was.

    God bless you.

  11. We are so very sorry to hear of the loss of Jesse. Jesse and Mikey were such good friends in the early years and it was so wonderful to see that their relationship grew the same way into adulthood. The Souza family has to be so very proud of a man like Jesse who epitomized what most Americans strive to be: honest, caring, loving, protective and faithful. But, it takes a very special man like Jesse to “walk the walk” and lead by example. God Rest This Warrior’s Soul. He’s earned his place in Heaven.
    …..Dr. Souza, Sue and Anna – it was an honor to have known your son/brother.

  12. Alex, Dr. Souza, Sue and Anna, my thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God carry you through this difficult time.
    There is nothing I can say to take away your hurt, but you have my shoulder to cry on and my ears to listen.
    Know that I will be here for you when you need me.
    Love Daisy

  13. Brother keep up the fight in heaven God has gotten a warrior like no other miss u bro rest now fight later.

  14. Dear Sue, Randy, Alex and Anna, My heart and prayers go out to you for your terrible loss. Jesse fought the good fight, and is now in the arms of the Lord. May you have the peace that passes all understanding. Much love, Irene May

  15. Jesse was always incredibly nice to me and was such an amazing person every day of his life. you will be missed. Thank you so much for meaning so much to so many people that we mutually cared about. Thank you also for your service to your city and country. you are loved.

  16. I went through police academy with Jesse, who I only referred to then as Souza. We traveled to a regional academy to conduct our drivers training and I bunked with Souza in the barracks. I informed Souza that I would be quiting the academy when we returned to Gwinnett. The look he gave me when I said this put me in imminent fear for my life. I returned to Gwinnett and completed the academy. I am currently a Detecitive with Gwinnett County and I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. Thank you Souza, I will never forget you brother!

    “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of god”

    Matthew 5:9

  17. I was very sorry to learn of my Marine Brother Jesse’s passing. My deepest Sympathies to all his family during this
    difficult time.
    Semper Fi…

  18. I didn’t know Jesse. I left the sheriff dept in 2008. I still consider him a brother in blue even though I am not there. We all still stick together. He will be missed. Prayers for family and his wife. It’s hard always losing a good man. Sorry for your lose.

  19. We are sending our prayers and love to the Souza family. Jesse will be greatly missed.

  20. Sue and Dr. Souza, I am so sorry for your loss, and I dare to say that there is no sorrow on earth that heaven cannot heal, please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you!

  21. Jesse and I became friends through Rithy. A few years ago, before jobs and kids, we had some good times. Whether it was going out clubbing or sitting around a parking lot at a BP or the Varsity (across from the BP), Jesse was good company. We’d spent many summer days cooking out or riding our motorcycles all over Georgia – from the north Georgia mountains to the quiet country roads in Fairburn…well quiet until we got there. We even rode down to Daytona for Bike Week. There was the time a bunch of us took a cruise down to the Bahamas and a road trip to Miami. Jesse, I will miss you.

  22. Thank you for your service to our country and to your community. God bless your family and grant them peace. Man of Valor take your rest and reward.

  23. Dr. Souza, so deeply sorry for your loss and your family loss as well. God please wrap you all , ùour arms around them giving them peace. Prayers

  24. Still can not believe that you are gone. May you forever be remembered for the things you have done.
    R.I.P Ssgt Souza
    Semper fi

  25. It has been an honor and a privilege to have been able to call you, “friend”. Though you will be terribly missed, we can all take comfort in knowing that you led a full and meaningful life. You were escorted out of the physical world in the best imaginable way….surrounded with love. You will always have our deepest respect and will always be considered a warrior and a hero in our eyes. Rest peacefully, my friend.

  26. Gods speed to your final duty station Marine. Fair Winds and following seas my fellow warrior. Randy, Sue and Anna, our most best prayers and wishes for you all during this time of loss. Far too soon.

  27. Souza family, I am so sorry for this loss. I know your pain all too well. I never met Jesse but knew him through our page. I am thankful he was a member of the Mopar community. Jesse, it was way too soon for you to leave. I wish I had met you so I could have personally thanked you for all the ways you served your community and country. Rest in Paradise.

  28. Sending prayers to the Souza faimly. So sorry for the loss of such a great respected person taken to soon. RIP Jesse!

  29. Jesse you will be so missed by all who loved you and called you their friend! You never met a stranger and everyone I saw you… those eyes and that smile were of God!
    I know that my son… Christopher is so devastated since he is living abroad and physically hasn’t seen you in a few years! His best friend in high school and beyond!
    Those days of you in high school,
    ROTC, graduation trip to Bahamas,
    Times with Christopher, Mark, Emmett, Ben, Mickey, Simon,etc… Cars, Paint ball fun, pizza & movies…
    Those were times that everyone cherishes and you made an impact on all of their lives!
    There wasn’t a day that I didn’t pray to God to give you Strength, Courage & Healing to beat the Cancer! God has taken you home but your impact, love and spirit will always be here!
    I pray for God to give Alex, your family and friends comfort, strength
    and peace during this tremendous
    difficult time. Randy, Sue and all the family… thank you for letting my son and family know such a great
    May the Love of God comfort all of you.

    Thank you for your service in the Marines

  30. I met Jesse through our car club and every time we spoke it was always pleasant! A really good guy! To the Souza family my condolences during this time. Prayers and Love!

  31. Alex, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You are in my prayers. Kathryn and Joseph also send their love and prayers.

  32. We deeply mourn the loss of Jesse and express our love for the family. We regret the fact that we didn’t ever meet him but seems as we know him really well through his Grandfather Gene Phillips, whom is my Mom’s cousin and my idol. He is one fine Southern statesman. I pray for all of you and hope to meet one day, love always, Joe P Brady Je and Rose Mary Brady, Albert and Peggy Campbell (my sister and here husband and Mom (Rebekah Brady).

  33. We were very, very sorry to hear about Jesse’s passing. Our entire family always considered all of the Souzas some of our best old friends. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Jesse is with the Lord now, and He is the ultimate Semper Fi! Ronnie and Pam

  34. God will wiped away every tears from Alex and the Souza family’s eyes, and there shall be no more mourning, nor crying, or pain. Weeping endure for the night but joy come in the morning. Jesse you was always smiling and laughing. You and Bowen were always there when I needed someone to made me laugh. You are in a better place now where there is no pain, sickness or doctor appointment again. My heart goes out to the Sousa family’s and his beautiful wife Alex and may God be with you all.

  35. Words can not explain how sad we are to have learned of your passing. May God be with your family and friends through the process of losing a loved one. We at Injected are pleased to have known you and GOD SPEED!
    Aric, Amber, & Miller!

  36. You will be remembered for your dedication and Professionalism in all that you did. May the streets of heaven be guarded by one of the finest Marines I’ve had the pleasure of knowing rest easy brother.

  37. I only knew Jesse for a short time while he worked at Gwinnett County. I will never forget the quiet strength he exhibited at work even though we was struggling with his health. Jesse, thank you for serving your country with pride and courage. Rest in peace. My prayers and thoughts are with the family during this difficult time.

  38. So sorry I was not in attendance… traveled out of town for a memorial service. My thoughts and prayers are with your families during this difficult time.

  39. Dear family of Jesse Sousa,
    Even though my husband Pete and I never had the privilege of meeting Jesse, we would have loved to have gotten to know this very special young man. We met Jesse’s mother-in-law, Kathy, just last Easter when visiting with our family in Lilburn, GA. (We live in Baton Rouge.) We were especially sensitive to hear of Jesse’s illness as Pete had just been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma 6 months prior to our meeting Kathy and learning of Jesse’s diagnosis. By this time, Pete and I had made numerous pilgramages to MD Anderson and he had undergone 3 months of chemotherapy. Upon hearing this news, my husband Pete and I immediately began praying for Jesse and continued to do so until the very end. We want Alex and his family to know that despite all of our requests to God, asking for devine healing and a medical miracle, that God, in His devine wisdom, is in control of all and knows exactly what is best for each of us. Even though we don’t understand His plan for our lives, His plan is always the best plan. Losses such as Jesse’s may cause some people to become very bitter and to blame God, but this is exactly the response Satan wants from us. Satan wants us to turn away from God and to run to him…but for what? Satan has absolutely NOTHING to offer us but eternal misery. Jesus has EVERYTHING to offer us – eternal life! May this loss turn all of us toward our loving God…let us all run to God our eternal comforter and Savior. It doesn’t seem fair that such a beautiful, young life should have been taken away so quickly; however, one day, when we see God face to face, we will have the opportunity to ask Him, “Why?” so that finally we will fully understand this mysterious thing called life on Earth. We will continue to pray for you, Alex, and all of Jesse’s family. May God hold you all in the loving palm of His hand. May God bless ALL of you during this very difficult time. I have included a beautiful passage from the Bible that has comforted us numerous times. It is found in Romans, chapter 5, verses 1-5 from The Living Bible, “So now, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith in his promises, we can have real peace with Him because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. For because of our faith, He has brought us into this place of highest privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to actually becoming all that God has had in mind for us to be. We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials for we know that they are good for us — they help us learn to be patient. And patience developes strength of character in us and helps us trust God more each time we use it until finally our hope and faith are strong and steady. Then, when that happens, we are able to hold our heads high no matter what happens and know that all is well, for we know how dearly God loves us, and we feel this warm love everywhere within us because God has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His love.” May this passage bring comfort and blessings to all who knew and loved Jesse.
    John 5:24 explains: “He who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgement, but has passed from death into life.”
    In love, Maureen & Pete Rucci

  40. Alex, Sue and Randy I am so sorry to hear about Jesse, my heart breaks for all of you. I understand how if feels to lose a son and husband. My heart still breaks with my loss last March. Steve and Kyle left this world three days apart. I know that Without my faith and the love of family and friends I not sure how I would have got through it. I will pray for all of you, it has been almost a year for me but it seems like yesterday. Sue you had a wonderful son. Love to you all.

  41. We are so sorry to hear about Jesse. May the God of all comfort continue to be with you and your family during this difficult time. We all look forward to a time when death will be no more-Rev 21:4. Our prayers are with you.

  42. Alex, Randy, Sue, and Anna
    We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Jesse. Although Jesse’s passing will leave a pain no one can heal, the love you have for Him will leave memories no one can take. May God bless you and continue to comfort you. I know that your Faith is providing you hope and encouragement during these difficult days. You are in our hearts and prayers.
    Robby and Cilica Mapp

  43. Thank you Robby and Cilica. We appreciate all the prayers and support from our family. The USMC military honors burial service was truly beautiful.

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