September 6, 1936January 3, 2021

Jesse Lee Wilder, 84, of Kingsport, passed away from natural causes on Sunday, January 3, 2021. He was born in Rogersville, TN on September 6, 1936 to the late Grant and Sue (Alvis) Wilder. Jesse lived over half of his life with crippling Rheumatoid Arthritis. Even with this affliction, he did not let it keep him from doing what he enjoyed. He worked for Eastman Chemical for over 34 years until his retirement. When he was not working, Jesse enjoyed traveling, taking photos, listening to music, gardening, watching the Vols, and camping. He was known for talking with his friends. Jesse also served in the US Navy serving on the USS Albemarle for 2 years and at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base for 2 years.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Jean T. Wilder; his parents, Grant Wilder and Sue Alvis; brothers, Dallas Wilder and Clyde D. Wilder; and sister, Jayne Simpson.

Those left to cherish his memory include his daughter, Jesce Leigh Peters and husband Clairon; son, Joey L. Wilder and partner Celia Clark; stepchildren, Chuck Turner and wife Teresa, Cydeena Turner and family friend, Rosia Scott, and Debbie Templeton and husband Dicky; grandchildren, Avery Peters and fiancé Morgan Rogers, Victoria Peters and fiancé Daniel Small, Christina Wilder, Bryan Wilder and wife Kasey, and Cyerra Bedingfield and husband Mitch; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 from 2:00 to 3:00 PM at East Lawn Funeral Home.

Jesse will be laid to rest beside his wife Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 3:00 PM at East Lawn Memorial Park in the Garden of Memories with Avery Peters to speak.

Pallbearers will be Clairon Peters, Avery Peters, Christina Wilder, Will Beverly, Doug Wright, and Rosia Scott.


  • Jesce Leigh Peters (Clairon), Daughter
  • Joey L. Wilder (Celia Clark), Son
  • Chuck Turner (Teresa), Stepchild
  • Cydeena Turner (Family friend, Rosia Scott), Stepchild
  • Debbie Templeton (Dicky), Stepchild
  • Grandchildren: Avery Peters and fiancé Morgan Rogers, Victoria Peters and fiancé Daniel Small, Christina WIlder, Bryan Wilder and wife Kasey, and Cyerra Bedingfield and husband Mitch.
    Several nieces and nephews


  • Visitation

    Wednesday, January 6, 2021

  • Laid To Rest Folowing Visitation

    Wednesday, January 6, 2021



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Ed Daugherty

January 11, 2021

Sorry to hear of Mr. Wilder’s passing. When I delivered his meals, he was always had a pleasant outlook even though his physical condition wasn’t good. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Ed Daugherty

Alex Hensley

January 7, 2021

Very sorry for the loss of Jesse. I've heard many stories from his son in law Clairon.

Karen Dean

January 5, 2021

I can remember when we were little your spunky Daddy. When we moved into our house your Daddy hollered & said welcome to the neighborhood that spring. He offered to share his garden with us & always loved our rabbit, MASH. He thought Seth was a hoot.

Penny Fleming

January 5, 2021

Rob and I were sorry to hear of the passing of Jesse. He and your mom always made me feel welcome when I came to play when we were young. Mom and Dad thought a lot of them both and considered them good friends and neighbors. We will be praying for God’s grace and strength to help all of you in the days ahead.
Rob and Penny Fleming

Kim Stevenson

January 4, 2021

Leigh, I am so sorry for your loss. I’ll keep you and your entire family in my prayers.