Jesse Graham Wagner

November 14, 1946 - March 22, 2023

11/14/1946 - 03/22/2023

Past Services

Funeral Service
Sunday April 02, 2023
2:00 pm
Rocky Cross Baptist Church
13452 Burgess Road
Middlesex, NC 27557
919-269-8550 | Directions

AHOSKIE, NC – Jesse Graham Wagner, age 76, formerly of Rocky Cross, passed away on Wednesday, March 22, 2023 at the Ahoskie Assisted Living of Ahoskie, NC.

A native of Nash County, Mr. Wagner was born on November 14, 1946, a son to Graham and Eula Wagner in Rocky Cross, NC.  He was a 1964 graduate of Middlesex High School. Jesse served honorably in the US Air Force, US Navy, and the North Carolina National Guard. He spent many years working at the Middlesex Post Office as well as the Sunoco in Smithfield, NC where he developed many friendships during that time. A friendly and joyful presence in many people’s lives, Jesse was dedicated to finding the joy in life and was proud of his son and his family. He enjoyed Duke basketball, Eastern North Carolina barbecue, and good country music. Jesse was loved by his family and friends and will be deeply missed by all that knew him.

Jesse was preceded in death by father, Graham Lafayette Wagner, mother, Eula Pearl Strickland Wagner, brother, Robert Wagner, sister, Rebecca Wagner, and two nieces, April Wagner, and Emily Wagner.

Jesse is survived by his son, Jason Wagner and partner Benjamin Philipp of New York City; a sister, Betty Barham of Rocky Cross; twin brother, Joseph Wagner and spouse Carol of Pinnacle, NC; brothers, Jerry Wagner of Rocky Cross, and Russell Wagner and spouse Glenda of Chatham, VA; three nephews, Donald Barham (Lindsey), Justin Wagner (Kayla), and Robert Murray; and niece, Christell Collins.

A celebration of life memorial service will be held on Sunday, April 2, 2023, at 2:00 pm at the Rocky Cross Baptist Church, 13452 Burgess Road, Middlesex, NC, with Pastor Sean Skaggs officiating.

Flowers are welcome or memorial contributions may be made to help the family with final expenses in the loss of Mr. Wagner by clicking here.

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Ahoskie Chapel is assisting with the arrangements for the Wagner family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting

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