Funeral services for Jessie Ray Jackson were held at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011) at 11 a.m. at Zion Hill Baptist Church in Doyline. Interment followed in Jenkins Community Cemetery. Visitation was held from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011.
The sun rose in Doyline on Jan. 25, 1941, bringing with it a new day and a new life. Jessie Ray Jackson was born to the late Lula Mae Webb Jackson and John Andrew Jackson. His early childhood was spent in Doyline where he attended Jenkins Elementary School and Webster High School.
He later moved to San Diego, California with his brother, Robert, and graduated from Hoover High School.
Shortly after graduation, Jessie heard the call to serve his country. He proudly served his country at Fort Hood, Texas, Kitingen, Germany, Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Fort Jackson, South Carolina, Dominican Republic, Republic of Vietnam, Bad Kreuznach, Germany and Fort Polk. He proudly served his country until his retirement in 1983.
After retirement, Jessie worked and retired from Wade Correctional Center in Homer. He also served as president of the Jenkins Community Cemetery Association. Jessie always enjoyed his lasting friendship with his Army buddies throughout the country. He spent many hours cooking and sharing his delicious foods with his friends. He loved his daughters, family and friends dearly, and we shall miss our dad, brother, uncle, cousin and friend.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Brunette Miles.
He leaves to cherish his life two daughters, Cheryl Gethers and Lilyan Jackson; one grandson, Anthony Gethers, Grand Prairie, Texas; four brothers, Jim Alex Myles of San Diego, California, Robert Jackson (Gloria) of Minden, James Jackson (Sandi) of San Diego and Bobby Jackson of Doyline; four sisters, Ruth Walker of Doyline, Mary Lou Roberts of San Diego, Lucille Young of Ruston, Ernestine Hines of Doyline and Sharon Jackson of Doyline; goddaughter, Felicia Harris;special friend Ernestine Allen; a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, and other relatives and friends.