2013-07-03 / Obituaries


Roy Watson Driskell, 88, of Jackson died June 22, 2013, at his residence.

He was born May 22, 1925 in Jackson. He married his wife, Ella Kinman June 10, 1950. They shared 63 years of love, laughter and Christian living with one another as well as their daughters and granddaughter.

He served his country during World War II in the U.S. Army assigned to the Third Armored Division as a Sergeant in the 13th Battalion between 1943 and 1945. He saw active combat on the European front. The emblem for his unit was a black cat and the number 13. He enjoyed sharing war “stories” anytime with veterans and others. He continued to serve his country after World War II by joining the National Guard through 1948.

Beginning in high school, his athletic abilities were shown on both Jackson High School’s varsity football and baseball teams. Following his military service, he attended The University of Alabama on the GI Bill. During the summers he played semi-professional baseball in Alexander City, AL. Baseball was his favorite participatory sport.

Mr. Driskell worked at Pearce Ford Motor Company almost his entire career. While assuming nearly all company positions, he chose auto parts management as his favorite because of his virtual photographic memory of numbers and faces. He knew no stranger. He won numerous regional and national sales awards.

Service to his community was important. He was a voluntary member of the Jackson Fire Department. Also, he actively served as a member of the Jackson Lion’s Club. He was a lay leader in McCann’s Chapel United Methodist Church of which he was nearly a lifelong member. He was a Sunday school teacher, UMC Men’s’ Club and a barb que cook at fundraisers. Additionally, he frequently served as an usher.

He retired at age 65 and became a master gardener. Like his father before him, he had an abiding appreciation for Alabama soil. Mr. Driskell loved to work the soil year-round, plant and harvest both vegetables and fruits, using a 1950s Ford tractor. His abundance always was shared with friends and neighbors.

Mr. Driskell’s love of God, family and country gave witness of a life lived to the fullest. What a testimony his life has been.

Survivors include his loving wife, Ella Kinman Driskell; two daughters, Dr. Joy D. Baklanoff (Dr. Eric), Tuscaloosa, Jan D. Lanier (Frankie) East Brewton; one sister, Margaret D. Hillery, Phoenix, AZ; granddaughter Ana-Maria Baklanoff, Tuscaloosa, step-granddaughter Tanya Baklanoff (Mitch Kief), Seattle, WA, step-grandson Nick Baklanoff, San Francisco, CA, many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas P. Driskell and Wilda Parker Driskell as well as uncles, aunts, cousins, nephews and nieces.

In lieu of flowers the family request that memorials be made to McCann’s Chapel United Methodist Church.

A family graveside service was June 25 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Memorial Gardens in Jackson with Rev. Molly Fulford minister at McCann’s Chapel United Methodist Church officiating.

An online guest book may be signed at www.lathanfuneralhomes.com.

Lathan Funeral Home of Jackson directed.


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