Jesmond “Jess” A. DiMaio Jr., 70, went to be with the Lord on May 23, 2013, at home surrounded by his family. Jess was born March 20, 1943, to Jesmond and Mary DiMaio in Youngstown, Ohio.
Jess and his father started A&D Screw Machine Products of Malvern in 1960. Jess graduated from Benton High School in 1961. His family moved to Malvern in 1962. In 1963, he married his high school sweetheart and love of his life, Gail Ensey. They were married just over 49 years.
Jess was a lifelong parishioner of St. John’s Catholic Church in Malvern where he was president of the Parish Council and a member of the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed radio-controlled planes and going to car shows, and classic cars were his love. Jess also liked woodworking, building birdhouses, chairs, window boxes, and bird feeders. Jess and Gail loved to travel and they celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary in Italy. Jess loved being with his grandchildren, family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesmond and Mary DiMaio; a brother, Carl Arthur DiMaio; and a sister, Francine DiMaio Carman.
Jess is survived by his wife, Gail DiMaio of Malvern; and two daughters, Marlo McMillan and husband Fred of Bryant, and Christine DiMaio of Hot Springs; grandchildren, Jessica McMillan and Landon DiMaio; a brother-in-law, Ronnie Carman of Little Rock; and numerous cousins.
A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 30, at St. John’s Catholic Church with Deacon Bud Daven officiating. Pallbearers are Fred McMillan, John Arnold, B.J. Hamlin, Kenny Scott, Marvin Sammons, Bill Newsom and Ronnie Carman. Honorary pallbearers are Tom Salisbury, Wesley Cady, Doyce Jones, Norman Guthrie, Paul Goza and Jimmy DeWoody.
A prayer vigil will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, at Atkinson Funeral Home. Visitation will follow from 6 to 8 p.m. Arrangements are entrusted to Atkinson Funeral Home of Malvern.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Arkansas Hospice or any charity of choice.
Online guestbook: www.atkinsonfuneralhome.net .
Family comments: The family would like to thank Dr. Brad P. Baltz of Hematology Oncology Services, Dr. Shawn Purifoy, and Arkansas Hospice.