June 10, 2013

“The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.” Psalms 37:23

James H. “Jimmy” Jackson, age 83, passed away at his home on June 7, 2013 to be with his Lord after a lengthy illness. He carried his cross with great dignity, humility and acceptance without questioning or complaint of his Savior.

Jimmy was born on May 16, 1930, a son of the late Dorsey L. Jackson and Verda Jackson Byrd who survives. In addition to his Father, he was preceded in death by his Brother: Bobby Jackson, Uncles: Milt, Bob and Solly Jackson, Brother in Law: Ralph Jefferson, his Paternal and Maternal Grandparents and several other Family members.

Jimmy was a charter member of the Binghamtown Baptist Church and served as a child and an adult in the capacity of Janitor, Choir Member, Sunday School Superintendent, and Teacher, Trustee, Deacon, and his most beloved ministry as Minister of Music at Binghamtown Baptist Church for 48 years. In 2012, Jimmy stepped aside as Minister of Music because his physical man could no longer stand in its own strength. Jimmy’s gift from God was his golden voice which he gladly and joyfully gave back to his Lord through his ministry at the church, revivals, funerals and countless other places.

He was a graduate of Middlesboro High School and National School of Business. He was a Korean War Veteran and a member of the following School Boards: Middlesboro School System, Gateway Christian School and Clear Creek Baptist Bible College. Jimmy was also a Master Mason of Pinnacle Lodge of #661. Jimmy was a State Farm Insurance Agent for 48 years having retired due to illness. He was privileged to have many insurance policy holders whom he called friends.

Jimmy learned how to set his priorities throughout his journey of life, remembering to love God and Jesus first, his family second and others third. Today and forever, we, as his family, shall always rise up and call him blessed because he taught us how to live with dedication and how to die with humility, grace and peace. Blessed be the name of the Lord for giving us the precious gift of Jimmy Jackson a true faithful servant and soldier of the cross.

Left to mourn his passing, (our loss and Heaven’s gain) are his loving and devoted Wife of 62 years: Bertha Anderson Jackson, his loving Children, who honor him: James Steven and Jawanna Jackson and Janie Lynn Jackson Beeler and Eddie Beeler, his virtuous and loving Mother: Verda Jackson Byrd, his loving Grandchildren: Joshua and Karra Jackson and Jay and Kelsey Beeler, his loving Sisters: Margaret and Claude Teague and Mary Alice Jefferson, Sister in Law: Betty Jackson, several Nieces and Nephews and a host of friends and his church family.

Special recognition to Dr. Vincente Kaw, Dr. B.T. Thomas, Dr. Monica Crane and Dr. James Gillespie. His loving angel caregivers: his Niece Doris Kay Jackson, Marlene Green, Pat Landrum, Michelle Howard, Shirley Wilder, Terry Skelton, ARH, Home Health Nurses , Apple Adkins, Hospice of the Bluegrass, angel nurse Kimberly Baker and social worker Lisa Perry.

Celebration of Life for Jimmy will be held at Binghamtown Baptist Church on Wednesday June 12, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. The family will receive friends from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Music will be provided by Jimmy Jackson, Dickie Siler and the Binghamtown Baptist Church Choir. Dr. William Boyd Bingham presiding. At 5:30 p.m., in memory of his Brother Bobby: Bobby will sing “I can’t even walk.” Following the service Jimmy will be laid to rest, at sunset, in the Green Hills Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be: James Steven and Joshua Jackson, Eddie and Jay Beeler, James David and Larry Joe Jackson, Claude and

Barry Teague and Scott Jefferson. Honorary Pallbearers will be: his pianist Dickie Siler, Musicians Glenda Barton and Joe Earle, his beloved choir with special recognition to Don Lasley for faithful service and all of his friends too numerous to mention.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Gateway Christian School, PO Box Z, Middlesboro, KY., 40965

Creech Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements Online condolences and guestbook are available at www.creechfh.com