Gerald D. Jackson, 90, of Little Birch, known to many as "Mr. J," went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Aug. 12, 2014.
He was born Oct. 27, 1923 in Canfield, the son of the late Ira and Lucy Jackson. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his devoted wife of 66 years, Oleta Jackson (known as "Mrs. J"); brother, Gail Jackson; and sisters, Gladys Brown, Janet Loudin and Maxine Freeman.
Mr. J was a 1942 graduate of Sutton High School, retired from Island Creek Coal Company and was a member of the UMWA. He served his nation in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946, where he was a part of the D-Day landing of June 6, 1944 liberation of France. He was discharged from service with many medals for faithfully serving his country. He was a longtime faithful member of Sutton Baptist Church, where he served as a trustee and former Sunday school teacher for many years. He also served as a former trustee and chairman of the Braxton County Memorial Hospital Board.
Mr. J touched the hearts and lives of all who knew him. He was a very spiritual person who loved the Lord and was kind and generous to everyone. He loved fishing, gardening, cooking, any kind of music, any kind of sports and was willing to share his homegrown tomatoes with everyone. His sweet spirit will be sorely missed.
He leaves to cherish his memory his daughter, Phyllis (Kenny) Haney of Sutton; his son, Thomas Jackson (Debby) of Vermilion, Ohio; granddaughters, Mandy (Todd) Jordan of Charleston and Melissa (Jason) Igoe of Ohio; grandson, Thomas Jackson Jr. of Ohio; step-grandsons, Kenny (Bridget) Haney of Gassaway and Chris (Paige) Haney of North Carolina; and great-grandchildren, Tessa and Grady Jordan. Also surviving are a host of family members, which include nieces and nephews, with three of them being very special: Jerry Jackson, Gary Jackson and Rodney Jackson; as well as his church family and many friends.
Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, at Sutton Baptist Church, Sutton, with Dr. Allan Copenhaver and Dr. Michael Sisson officiating. Military graveside rites will follow at Sutton Cemetery, Sutton, with the American Legion Post No. 33 Honor Guard.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, at the church.
Special thanks extended to the staff of the Braxton County Health Care and Rehabilitation Center for taking such good care and loving him.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Sutton Baptist Church Kitchen Fund, 506 Main St., Sutton, WV 26601.
Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbled to serve the Jackson family.
Online condolences may be sent to greene-robertsonfuneralhome.com.