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Jesse Claburne Yandell

29 October, 193516 January, 2020
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Jesse Claburne Yandell was born October 29, 1935 in Merkel, Texas and was called home January 16, 2020 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Mr. Yandell was a graduate of Trent High School in 1954 and later attended Ft. Worth Christian College. He led singing at both Poly Church of Christ and Keller Church of Christ. He and his wife were house parents at Christ’s Haven Children’s Home for eleven years. He was a member of The Hills Church of Christ (formally Richland Hills Church of Christ) where he served twenty-eight and a half years in the position of maintenance and custodial care and assisted hundreds of families with their weddings. Jesse loved playing Canasta (cards) and Forty-Two (dominos). He also enjoyed cheering on his chosen sports teams. He loved working in his yard tending God’s creation.

Every day, he would spend time reading and studying God’s Word and he was a prayer warrior. Jesse felt his greatest accomplishment was the day he chose to follow Jesus and was baptized.

Jesse is survived by his daughter, Kim Collette, his son, Barry Yandell; grandchildren, Mallory Motley and husband, Chris, Mariah Collette, Ethan Collette; sister, Cora Mulanax and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Volena Davis Yandell; his father Thomas Franklin Yandell; his mother, Bertha Brewer Yandell; brothers, Roy, Harold, Alton, Thomas, Benton and Clinton; sisters, Audrey and Frances and a son-in-law, Burt Collette.

A Memorial Service will be held in his honor at 11:00 am, Saturday, February 1, 2020 at The Hills Church of Christ, 6300 NE Loop 820, North Richland Hills, Texas 76180.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Christ’s Haven Children’s Home 4200 Keller Haslet Road, Keller, Texas 76244 - https://www.christshaven.org/donate or Community Enrichment Center, 6250 NE Loop 820, North Richland Hills, Texas 76180.


  • Celebration of Life Saturday, 1 February , 2020


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Sandie Riggle

29 January 2020

Uncle Jesse and Aunt Volena were very often the subject of mine and my late Dad's visits down memory lane. He never forgot Dad's birthday or to send him a "Thinking About You" card to encourage him in his lonely days. I will always appreciate that extra thoughtfulness. I am comforted by the last conversation I had with him. He told me he was looking forward to seeing Mom and Dad and Aunt Volena at his Heavenly Home soon.

Welcome Home Uncle Jesse. Welcome Home.

Karen Carden Harris

28 January 2020

I knew Jesse Yandell when I arrived at Christ Haven for Children in summer of 1971 and he was my housefather for another 5 years.
I never knew or had a true father in my life and he stepped in at that time to feel that void. I remember how Jesse would cook, clean, chauffeur, teach, disciplined and worship God with us all. I remember each year he was my housefather and birthdays would come about for each of us he would come home from work with a big decorated birthday cake. Jesse was a very sweet wonderful Christian Servant of God and I am truly blessed he was there for me as a child and imposed on me his wisdom and love. RIP Jesse and "Blessed Assurance." Philippians 1:21

Kelly Grissom

21 January 2020

I cannot single out just one memory of Jesse. For me its a collection of seeing him being close to his kids or grandkids and loving and cherishing them every moment. He set the bar high of what a grandfather, father, husband and man of God should be.