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FAYETTEVILLE - Manuel "Manny" Ernesto DeJesus, 65, of Fayetteville, died Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010.

He is survived by his wife, Migdalia DeJesus of Fayetteville; mother, Carmen H. Rosado of Fayetteville; stepmother, Irene DeJesus of Puerto Rico; sisters, Diana Meredith and Gisela Benitez, both of Puerto Rico; daughter, Evelyn Smith of Fayetteville; son, Manuel E. DeJesus Jr. of Fayetteville; and daughter, Jillian Lees of Alaska. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Alysia DeJesus, Riley Smith and Aidan Smith, of Fayetteville; along with numerous aunts, uncles, relatives and friends.

He was an Army veteran of 27 1/2years, mostly spent with the 82nd Airborne Division. He held numerous leadership positions in the 18th Airborne Corps and 82nd Airborne Division, to include seven years as the G1 adjutant general sergeant major of the 82nd Airborne Division. His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, Army Parachutist Badge, Vietnam Parachutist Badge and other numerous awards and decorations. He was a Vietnam War veteran, and upon his retirement in August 1992 as a sergeant major, he became the executive director of the 82nd Airborne Division Association until his retirement in December 2009.

He was preceded in death by his father, Amilcar DeJesus; and stepfather, Emilio Rosado.
He was much loved and respected by his peers, associates and lifelong friends from the 82nd Airborne Division Association, along with the active duty community.

The family will receive friends from 4:45 to 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010, at Rogers and Breece Funeral Home, Ramsey Street, Fayetteville. A memorial service will be held immediately following the visitation at 7 p.m. in the chapel.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the 82nd Airborne Division Association Educational Fund in memory of Manuel E. DeJesus, P.O. Box 65089, Fayetteville, NC 28306.

(The Fayetteville Observer, Fayetteville, NC, 6 Feb 2010 - courtesy of Tedd Cocker)

(courtesy of "FamilyGene")

Grave marker for Manuel "Manny" Ernesto DeJesus in Plot: 8A 736 of the Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery, Spring Lake, Cumberland County, North Carolina.

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