Elder Tommie Lee Jackson Sr., 85, a native of Thomaston traded this life for eternity on the evening of Feb. 12, 2014 peacefully at his residence surrounded by his family.
He was born Feb. 5, 1929 to the late Alfonzo and Delia Ann Eaton Jackson and received Christ at an early age being baptized at the First Baptist Church in Thomaston. In 1975, he joined the Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) church where he served faithfully as a minister, pastoring many churches throughout the district, currently Miles Chapel C.M.E. in Lower Peach, he mentored young ministers until his health would no longer permit. Elder Jackson worked at the Jackson Sawmill for 40 years until his retirement. On January 5,1952 Elder Jackson was united in marriage to Elizabeth Pearson and to this union eight children were born, of which two preceded in death.
Elder Jackson’s memories will forever be cherished by his loving and devoted wife of 62 years, Elizabeth Jackson of Jackson, Ala.; seven sons Robert Lee (Mary) Brooks, Los Angeles, Calif., Tommie Lee Jackson Jr., Timmie Lee Jackson, both of Jackson, Larry (Angela) Harris, Mobile, Tommy (Carlissa) Harris, Chattanooga, Tenn., Alonzo Jackson, Montgomery, Bobby (Angela) Stephens, Jackson; seven daughters, Johnnie Lee Tate, Mobile, Della (Williams) Hunter, Montgomery, Mary Louise (Michael) Gulley, Leroy, Gretchen Jackson Graham, Westland, Mich., Kenetha V. Jackson, Jackson, Daisy (Eddie) Bettis, Leroy, Stacey (Henry) Moore, McKinney, Texas, Anthony Camal, raised as a son, a host of grandchildren and greatgrandchildren; four who were raised as his own, Tomeka E. Pernell, Charles L. Patterson Jr., Donald Chaney Jr. and Travis D. Chaney; one sister, Rose Ella Shephard, Prichard, two brothers, John Jackson, Fonzo D. Jackson, both of Jackson; host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Also preceding him in death were his parents, a brother and sister-in-law Sylvestar (Sarah) Jackson, daughters-in-law Atlean Jackson and Francis Jackson.
The service was Feb. 18 at St. Union Baptist Church in Jackson with Rev. James M. Howard Jr., pastor and Bishop Teresa E. Snorton of the Fifth Episcopal District of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Churches in Alabama and Florida officiating. Burial was in the Woodlawn Cemetery of Jackson.
Final Life Celebration was Entrusted to: Jackson Memorial Funeral Home.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.jacksonmemorialfh.com.