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Jermaine Trueson Vesey

July 19, 1976February 19, 2021
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Jermaine T. Vesey, 44, of Houston, TX passed away on February 19, 2021 at Unity Point, Rock Island. Visitation will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, February 27, 2021 at Weerts Funeral Home with service beginning promptly at 12 noon. Family requests that all guests practice social distancing and masks are required. Service will be live streamed at In lieu of flowers, memorials may be left for a scholarship fund established by the family in memory of Dr. Jermaine Vesey at $JVCScholarship (Cashapp), @jveseyscholarshipfund(Venmo), or @JVCscholarshipfund (Paypal), or (Quick Pay with Zelle).

Jermaine was born July 19, 1976 in Davenport, IA to Jerry Vesey Sr. and Bessie (Lacy) Vesey. Jermaine was united in marriage to Winona Burt on July 18, 2011. He graduated from Pleasant Valley High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing from Iowa State, master’s degree in business from Clark Atlanta University, doctorate degree from University of Texas, San Antonio College of Business Management in 2014. He was a professor at Prairie View A&M University, a historically black college. Jermaine was a real estate investor and entrepreneur in the Houston area. He was passionate about creating a legacy for his family and the black community.

Survivors include his wife, Winona; sons: Jayden, Blake and Ethan; parents, Bessie Pulley, Jerry Vesey Sr. and Bessie Lee Vesey; siblings: Jerry Jr. (Ayola) Vesey, Charity Vesey, Danielle (Sean) Raney, Jessica Vesey, Ciara Vesey, Adrienne Vesey, Brittany Vesey and a host of relatives.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Augusta Lacey; grandfather, T.J. Vesey and an infant sister, Telah Vesey.


  • Jerry Vesey Sr., Father
  • Bessie (Lacy) Pulley, Mother
  • Bessie Vesey, Mother
  • Winona (Burt) Vesey, Wife
  • Jayden, Son
  • Blake, Son
  • Ethan, Son
  • Jerry Jr. (Ayola) Vesey, Sibling
  • Charity Vesey, Sibling
  • Danielle (Sean) Raney, Sibling
  • Jessica Vesey, Sibling
  • Ciara Vesey, Sibling
  • Adrienne Vesey, Sibling
  • Brittany Vesey, Sibling
  • Jermaine also leaves a host of relatives.
    He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Augusta Lacey; grandfather, T.J. Vesey and an infant sister, Telah Vesey.


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Toni Wilson Wood

February 28, 2021

I knew Jermaine from our time going to school at Temple Christian Academy. He was always so kind to me and I never forgot that kindness. I don't think he nor I had a very good time going to school there, but I hope he knew how much seeing him every day we were there together meant to me. May your memory be a blessing.

Dewaynna Horn

February 27, 2021

I am so sad about my dear friend and colleague’s passing. I am reflecting upon our interactions over the past 11 years. Dr. Jermaine Vesey was smart, caring, supportive, happy, futuristic, and entrepreneurial. Above all, he was a family man who loved his wife and sons. He introduced me to his wife and invited me to their home. I witnessed as he built a wonderful, productive, intellectual, and fit life with the love of his life, Winona.

He wanted to make a difference in the black community. He specifically chose to teach at an HBCU to be a source of inspiration to black students. I remember meeting him at a conference in Canada. He tracked me down because he knew I was teaching at Prairie View A&M University and he was eager to work there.. He wanted students to be entrepreneurial and to build wealth for generations. He was also passionate about affordable home ownership options and lucrative investment options for others. I’m so glad he accomplished his goals and made a positive impact on his students, clients, and others he encountered. He was an outstanding professor, scholar, and entrepreneur.

We never worked together, but we kept a connection mostly because of our real estate activities. We served as a support to each other in academia. He came to TWU Houston multiple times to serve as a judge for business plans and to present to my students about different aspects of running a business. He also invited me several times during the past couple of years to present to his classes about careers in financial services in my role as board member for Women in Insurance and Financial Services. He truly cared about meaningful and helpful connections for students’ advancement.

My prayers are with Winona, their three sons, and the rest of his close-knit family.

Dewaynna Horn

Eric Larew

February 27, 2021

It deeply saddens me to hear of Jermaine’s passing. I had the good fortune to have Jermaine as a student at Pleasant Valley High and remember well the impact he made on the school. It did not surprise me to hear he had become a professor and positively influenced so many. His strong sense of honor and truth and familial love came through in all his words and actions. He made a difference that endures.

Brenda Mayes

February 27, 2021

To the family, it really is so sad to hear of your loss. I pray for God's comfort for you during this time. God will wipe away your tears and give you peace. Look to the hills from whence cometh your help, for your help cometh from the Lord who made heaven and earth. Heaven is where he is. I loved Jermaine and the family from the very start. Cousin/Elder Jerry, God knows why and can answer when we can't. I'm praying for you all in Jesus name.

Elder Brenda Mayes

Lawrence McNeil

February 27, 2021

Dear Brother Jermaine,
You were a dedicated family man, a respected professor, a real estate visionary, and a friend. You will absolutely be missed and surely never forgotten. I remember first meeting you when you joined the team in the College of Business. We had a mutual friend in Dewaynna, who told me that I had to meet you because we shared a common vision for student success and economic development. You had such a deep passion for both topics! How many conversations did we have about generational wealth creation through real estate? I've been reflecting on your solutions of how to empower the Black community. Your vision was grand, truly inspiring, yet practical, and we all watched you carry it out. As a professor, you managed to convey such wisdom beyond the textbook. Your students commented frequently about how you inspired them - to reach for excellence as students and to become successful entrepreneurs with integrity.

Our conversations weren't all business though. We laughed and swapped stories about our wives and families. You were extremely proud of Winona for standing by your side as you two built a life together. You were equally proud of your boys and determined to ensure they were athletic (wrestling and martial arts) and entrepreneurial. As your kids were born, your commitment to securing their futures was strong and I respected that.

I could go on as the memories of your significant presence come flooding back. But I'll stop here and just Thank God for allowing me to have known you as a friend and colleague. In your short time on this earth, you have transformed lives through your compassion and uplifting spirit. I know this is a difficult time for your family. I still feel off-balance and a nagging sense of sorrow. I pray your family finds solace in God's grace and strength in knowing that yours was a life well-lived and steeped in dignity. Rest in PEACE my brother!

Christ Church

February 27, 2021

Our condolences to you and your family on the passing of Jermaine T. Vesey. Our heart felt love and prayers are with you during this difficult time. The Most High will lift you up, and bestow upon you comfort that you need. And when no answers to all the questions
'Why" know that GOD is in control, and is there by your side. He understand the way you feel and knows the loss you face, so rest in his eternal love. For thee, you'll find His grace.

Bishop and Mrs. Richard Hayslett,
Members of Christ Apostolic Church, Davenport, IA

Rene Arnold

February 26, 2021

My sincere prayers to you family for your loss. Please know that you will be in my continuous prayers. Dr. Vesey was one of my favorite professors during my EMBA program at Prairie View A&M. He awoke my entrepreneurial spirit and challenged me to be my best. He shared his brilliant financial knowledge and business expertise with us. He gave me the confidence and knowledge to be a profitable entrepreneur. The real world project that he had us complete, led us to impact his church and contributed to the opening of a school. He has truly left a legacy and long term impact. The world has lost a gem, but heaven has gained a wonderful spirit.

Charity our EMBA class treasures you as well, personally speaking I don’t know if I could have made it without you! Especially our walk up the Great Wall of China! Know that you all will continue in my prayers. Stay faithful.


February 26, 2021

Please accept my deepest and most heartfelt condolences at the loss of a truly wonderful person. I had Jermaine in a couple of my English classes at Pleasant Valley High School and had an immediate connection with this bright-eyed, warm, kind and witty young man whose endearing smile and keen intellect filled the room. I am blessed to have had the opportunity to know him. I know I was his teacher, but I feel I learned as much from Jermaine as he hopefully did from me. Even as a teen, he had a vision and a goal of not just going through life, but actively making a positive impact on those around him and the society in which he lived. I will do my best to carry-on your incredible essence and the quality of your character.

Adrienne Fuller

February 26, 2021

To the Vesey family, please accept my deepest condolences. I am truly saddened at the loss of such an amazing individual. I had the opportunity to befriend Jermaine while we both lived in Austin and San Antonio, TX. Such wonderful memories of meals shared with friends, movie nights, and endless business and real estate talks. I will miss my friend and will cherish those memories. Continued prayers for the entire family!

Alvin Vesey

February 26, 2021

To the Jermaine Vesey family,I was so sorry to hear of the unexpected loss please except my heartfelt condolences he was a great nephew when you had a conversation with him he just made sense.. I’m truly going to miss him. This was such a shock, all my best wishes to his beloved family. May God bless you and keep you is my prayer your uncle Glen and family.