Lance Cpl. Jessie Adam Cassada, 19, of Hendersonville died Tuesday, January 6, 2009 while serving his country in Afghanistan. Born in Gastonia, he was a lifelong resident of Henderson County. He was a son of Carroll London and Patricia Cassada of Hendersonville. He was a 2007 graduate of East Henderson High School where he was president of the Forestry Club, FFA. He was a member of Kings Grove Baptist Church. His military career began August 20, 2007. He graduated from boot camp in November 2007, and was deployed from Camp Lejune in November 2008 with the 2nd Division, 8th Marines, ìLî Company. He was a team leader in Afghanistan.
In addition to his parents, survivors include, two brothers, Scott Camp, Quentin London; three sisters, Kristie Williams, Crystal Cassada Vargas and her husband Jose, and Lisa Cassada, all of Hendersonville; a host of aunts, uncles, and cousins; nieces and nephews, Kyle Camp, Arianna Williams, Shawn London, and Neveah Vargas; and best and dear friends, Cameron Sproles and Chastity Rector.
A funeral will be held at 2:00 pm Thursday, January 15, 2009 at Mud Creek Baptist Church. Rev. Phillip Cappell will officiate. The family will receive friends from 12:00 noon until 2:00 pm at the church. Military honors will be rendered at Forest Lawn Memorial Park immediately following the service.
Memorials may be made to Gold Star Mothers Fund, C/O Martha Whitaker, American Legion Auxiliary, 82 Deer Acres Drive, Horse Shoe, NC 28742 .
Forest Lawn Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.