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Gary Jackson

September 9, 2020




On February 12, 1947, a precious baby boy was born to Isaac C. and Mary Jackson.  They named him Gary Lynn Jackson.  When he was a child, he “spake as a child, understood as a child, and thought as a child; but when he became a man, he put away childish things”.  I Corinthians 13:11


Many of us knew Gary and learned to love him in his growing up years.  In church activities such as Sabbath School, Pathfinders, and Ingathering, he was a shining star.


Later, some of you enjoyed his laughter and silly antics while in Coalfield High School, Class of “65.  His circle of friends grew by leaps and bounds – if you weren’t his friend today, you would be tomorrow.  Some of you may remember road trips from home to college and back – carpools were very popular with parents.  Southern Missionary College was never the same after Gary decided to move on.


And move on he did, making homes in so many places it is hard to keep up but he continued to broaden his circle of friends.  Some of you knew and grew to love Gary in Michigan, others in Alaska and still others in Texas, Arizona, Nevada, Texas again, Florida and finally back home to Tennessee.  With every move, he became more proficient at some skill he loved.  He was a licensed pilot, an EMT, an art connoisseur, and an enthusiastic collector of light houses.


Gary never lost his faith in God.  He believed in heaven, a new earth where there would be no more tears, no more pain and we would walk with Jesus hand in hand.  If anyone thought differently, they were mistaken. He prayed sincerely for his family and friends and then he would tell you how that prayer had been answered.


Gary had so much love to give, he chose to share it with his soul mate, Jason Ward whom he met in 2010 and married in 2011.  Gary was a loving husband, partner and friend.  His love of both Jason’s family and his own family was displayed freely.


There really are no words to describe the influence of Gary’s life.  We only know that he will be greatly missed by those he leaves behind to mourn:  Jason,  his mother; Mary; brother, Dale and his wife, Darlene;  niece, Wendy Washburn  and her husband Seth and their children, Bailey and Graham; Regina Cross, who is considered to be an adopted sister;  and Buddy,  a beloved Shih-tzu, held a special place in Gary’s heart. 



                                         February 12, 1947 – September 9, 2020

Friends and family will gather for a  Memorial Service Sunday, October 11, 2020 at 3:00pm at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, Coalfield TN


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Memorial Service
October 11, 2020

3:00 PM
Seventh Day Adventist Church
125 Guy Jones rd
Oliver Springs, TN 37719

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