Jesse A. Winston, 65, a mortician and a retired supervisor for the Department of Defense, died of congestive heart failure Friday at Providence Hospital.

A Washington resident for 34 years, Mr. Winston was born in Clover, Pa. He attended Bluestone Harmony Institute in Virginia, Virginia Union University in Richmond and graduated from the Eckels College of Mortuary Science in Philadelphia.

During World War II, he served as a sergeant in the Army Quartermaster Corps in Europe.

He worked for the Defense Department for 23 years before retiring in 1970.

Mr. Winston then worked as a mortician for a number of local funeral directors, including the John T. Rhines and Frazier's funeral homes here.

He was a member of the D.C., Virginia and Maryland Funeral Directors Associations and had participated in D.C. public school career fairs.

Mr. Winston was a deacon and Sunday school teacher at Shiloh Baptist Church in Alexandria.

Survivors include his wife, Lillian, and a daughter, Mena Suzette, both of Washington; three sons, Jesse Jr. of Chicago, Reginald of Kansas City, Mo., and Lucas of Washington; four sisters, Carrie Daniel of New York City, Daisy Webster of Chicago, Annie Davis of Columbia and Shirley L. Pulley of Alexandria; two brothers, John of Philadelphia and Joseph of Baltimore, and three grandchildren.