Jesse W. Jones

Picture of Special Agent Jesse Wilburn Jones
Date of Birth: 
Date of Death: 
March 3, 1948
Location of Death: 
Philipp, MS
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Circumstances of Death

Special Agent Jesse Wilburn Jones and other agents were searching for a suspected moonshine still in an area three miles east of Philipp, Mississippi. After wading through mud and water for over one and one half miles, Agent Jones suffered a severe heart attack. The agents carried him back to the government car and rushed him to the local hospital, but he died later that evening.


Agent Jones joined the Alcohol Tax Unit (ATU) on April 4, 1944, and was assigned to offices in New Orleans; Waco, Tyler and Corpus Christi, Texas; and Clarksdale, Mississippi. He carried badge #966. Previously, he worked with the U.S. Border Patrol and was a U.S. Army veteran.


Agent Jones was born in Rockwall, Texas. He was survived by his wife, Essie and their children, Anna Jo, Jesse and Wilburn

Last Reviewed July 17, 2020