"God was there in the beginning. He will be there in the end. So who am I to worry about the middle?"
â€” Rev. Wm Jackson, Sr.
That is how he lived his life.
Rev. William Jackson, Sr., 100, was born Feb. 23, 1913 to Will and Annabel Linville in Hillsboro, Tx. Ma Annabel later married Dave Jackson and to this union three siblings were born: Will Jackson, Billie "Dunk" Jackson and R.T. Jackson. William, Sr. assumed the family name.
William Jackson, Sr. was a self-made man who grew up in Washington County (Brenham) working as a farmer and was raised by his grandfather Will Gee â€” a successful land owner, farmer, minister and trustee of the Peabody School. He later moved to west Texas where he raised his family. He was a voice of the community on issues of agriculture and civil rights and received numerous recognitions for his work in the industry.
That is what he did â€” but this is who he is! He was a true man of God. In 1961, he became the founding pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Tatum, NM where he has pastored for over 50 years. He is the only pastor this church has known and at the age of 100 was still delivering messages from the pulpit â€” or anywhere he could find an ear. He lived the word of God.
He married Alice Latson with whom he fathered eight children: Rev. William Jackson, Jr. (wife Doris) of Anson and the pastor of Greater Zion Baptist Church in Sweetwater, Leon Jackson (wife Jeannette) of Chicago, Clarence Jackson of California and Texas and Roy Lee Jackson of San Jose, California.
He is preceded in death by his children Mary Jackson (died as an infant), Rev. James Jackson (married to the late Juanita Jackson), Roosevelt Jackson (married to the late Ruby Jackson) and Russell Jackson (married to Jackie Jackson of Houston, TX).
He is also preceded in death by his first wife Alice Jackson (mother of his children) and subsequent spouse Zelee "Nin" Jackson with whom he raised one daughter, Onis Jackson of Houston, TX.
He is survived by his current wife Sallie Jackson â€” who he affectionately calls "Sweetie" or "his Angel sent from God." The family calls her Mama Sallie. During his marriage to "Sweetie" he was reunited with his extended family in a deeper way and has connected with generations of grandkids that had not known him. Not only has Sweetie been a support, a rock, a soft place to land â€” she has been a caretaker, an understanding ear, a sympathetic listener, and strong shoulder to lean on. She has been a wife. Our family is forever indebted to her for the kindness and love she expressed to him and the joy she brought him during his final stretch on earth.
He leaves to mourn a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren, and a mass of family and friends whose lives he has touched.
May the peace of God be with him through eternity.
Funeral services will be held at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Tatum, New Mexico on Friday, Sept. 20, 2013 at 2 p.m. under the direction of Steven's Funeral Home.