God dispatched angels of mercy to bare away the soul of Ret. Col. Reverend Dr. James H. Jackson, Sr., 67, husband of Paula Graves Jackson to rest in a prepared place in His kingdom of eternal glory, on Friday, September 16, 2011 at Tuomey Health Care System, Sumter. Born December 29, 1943 in Sumter County, he was the son of his beloved parents, the late Henry and Alice (nee Carryall) Jackson, Jr. James was raised by his loving grandparents, the late Henry and Minnie Jackson.
James obtained his education from the local schools graduating from Lincoln High School. While attending Lincoln, James participated in various committees after which he enacted his ROTC skills by joining the United States Army. Serves in the military took him around the world. During this time, James began to walk in his other callings: ministry and education. He continued his passions as long as his health would allow including calculating math problems for students, announcing football games, and preaching his final sermon on Father’s Day titled “A New Day”.
After retiring from the military with over 20 years of service, Ret. Col. James H. Jackson, Sr. continued to educate students through his love and passion for math by teaching until his second retirement. Because of James’ love for Liberty High School and South Carolina State University he continued to serve on various associational committees, travel, and attend the many parties with his classmates and fraternity Omega PSI PHI Incorporated.
James loved the Lord and his family. Those left to cherish his memory are: his loving wife, Paula; four children, James Jr. (Debbie), Thomas (Libra), Kelly, Rashida; four grandchildren, Jordan, Shane, Brianna, Avery; three brothers, Thomas Jackson, English Scriven (Christine), Alfred Jackson (Julia); six brothers-in-law, Ken Slaughter (late Dorine), Clarence Graves, Norman Graves (Gwen), Sterling, Rodger, David (Pauline); three sisters-in-law, Joann, Shirley, Stephany; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 a. m., Friday, September 23, 2011 from the Ebenezer Presbyterian Church (USA) 4620 Queen Chapel Road, Dalzell with the Dr. Franklin D. Colclough, officiating, eulogist, assisted by the Rev. Samuel Sparks, Prophetess Monica L. Sanders, Minister Mazie Ferguson, Reverend Dr. Ernest Jackson.
The family will receive friends at the home, 2401 Clematis Trail, Sumter.
Wake service will be held 6:00 – 8:00 p. m., Thursday from the John Wesley Williams, Sr. Memorial Chapel, Williams Funeral Home, Inc., 821 North Main Street, Sumter.
The Remains will be placed in the church at 10:00 p. m.
The funeral procession will leave from the home at 10:30 a. m.
Floral bearers will be Gala Association and Classmates.
Pall bearers will be United States Army.
Honorary Pall bearers will be Omega PSI PHI Incorporated and Classmates.
Burial will be in the Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.