President Matassa Proclaims Jesse Bartley Day

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
Left to right: Mildred Brown, Judy Irvin, Wanda August, Gwen Price, Pastor Tobias, Senator Ed Price, Councilman Travis Turner, Councilman Randy Clouatre, President Kenny Matassa, honoree Jesse Bartley, Louise Stewart, Dorothy Claiborne, Vurnel Brown, Chanel Porter, Councilman Oliver Joseph, Charles Shivers, Pete Prater, Sheila Irvin, Lois Pam, and Andrew Thompson.

Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa proclaimed January 25, 2018 as Jesse Bartley Day in Ascension.

Jesse James Bartley was born November 6, 1935, in Darrow, Louisiana and grew up in Hillaryville. He graduated from Lowery High School in Donaldsonville in 1953, where he was Senior Class President. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Education in 1957 from Grambling State University and a Master of Education plus 30 from Southern University A&M in Baton Rouge.

Jesse Bartley married Marion Guidry Bartley and the couple was blessed with one daughter, Jessica Bartley (Roy) Thompson, and one granddaughter, Alexandra Thompson.

Jesse Bartley began his long career as an elementary teacher at Lowery Training School and as principal at the Old Folks Union Hall. He was called to active duty in the United States Army in 1959 and was stationed in Germany for 18 months; within 3 months he was recalled to serve his country for another 10 months at Fort Polk.

Jesse Bartley resumed his teaching career at Marchand Elementary for two years, becoming principal there for 8 years, then was promoted by the Ascension Parish School Board as Director of Elementary Education until his retirement in 1996; his career in the school’s system lasted for over 35 years. After his retirement from the APSB, Jesse Bartley began his career with the Ascension Parish Sheriff Office in Administration, where he served for 12 years.

Jesse Bartley was one of the founding members of the Fifth Ward Volunteer Fire Department where he has been serving continually for 50 years; he was one of the founding members of the River Area Improvement League (RAIL); he was appointed to the Pontchartrain Levee Board by former Governor Edwin Edwards, and served there for 26 years; he was a member of the Ascension Parish Home Rule Charter Commission; and is a faithful member of the Hopeful Triumph Baptist Church where he serves on the Deacon Board.

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