James was a very humble man and I greatly loved and respected him. I had known him for more than half my life. I can remember as a kid him always teasing me about driving my Ford. He has a great love for the Lord, his wife Laverne Alexander Jackson ( who died on March 11, 2001), and children Jimmy, Donna, and Jennifer. His grandchildren brought him great joy as well.
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Mr. James Lidell Jackson, Sr., age 68, better known as “J.J.” of Cartersville, GA and formerly of Cedartown passed away Saturday, June 14, 2008 following his battle with cancer since 2001.
He was born on November 3, 1939 in Polk County, GA a son of Martin (Bally) Jackson and Mattie Childers Jackson. J.J. ran a sign shop in Cedartown for 20 years and was always involved in community affairs, giving many benefit singings for the sick and needy. He and his late wife Laverne sang with the Akins Family for 12 years along with other singing groups. When he married his present wife, Fae, in 2001 they sang with the Morris Stancil Singers of Cumming, GA. They later went on to sing by themselves.
He had many trades in his lifetime such as body & paint shops, service stations, working on small engines, tinkering with race cars and just plain being a good Christian man, helping whomever he could, a great neighbor, a good friend and he loved everyone.
He was preceded in death by his father, Martin (Bally) Jackson, his wife of 43 years, Laverne Alexander Jackson, two brothers: Baaron and Wayne Jackson, Sr. and a grandson Jason Jackson.
He leaves behind his wife, Mrs. Fae (Dodd-Morgan) Jackson, Cartersville to whom he was married on June 8, 2001; mother, Mrs. Mattie Jackson, Aragon; son, James Lidell (Jimmy) Jackson, Jr. and his wife Martha of Jonesboro; daughters: Donna Crawford and husband C.J. of Rockmart, Jennifer Reddish and husband Roscoe, Rockmart, and Cindy Roberson, Rome; step-daughter, Kay Stokes and husband Eddie, Taylorsville; step-son, Mike Dodd and wife Marlene, Acworth; brothers: Ed Jackson and wife Patricia, Aragon, Gary Jackson and wife, Lynn, Aragon, Charles Jackson, Griffin, GA; sister, Glenda Cannon and husband, Freddie, Lilburn, GA; sisters in law: Mary Jackson and Diane Jackson, Rockmart, Barbara Kendall and Mrs. Charles Alexander, Meansville, GA and brother in law, Rudolph Chamblee, Griffin, GA; grandchildren: Jaeme and Jonathen Crawford, Jacob and Jasper Reddish ,Brooke Ridings, Justin Fulgham, Chris and Jordy Roberson; three step grandchildren: Kaylee Stokes, Matt and Miranda Dodd.
Funeral services will be held Monday, June 16th at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of the Alvis Miller & Son Funeral Home with Rev. Robert Pyles, Rev. Steve Willis and Rev. Joel Alexander officiating. Interment will follow in the Yarbrough Family Cemetery with Rev. Jerry Branton officiating.
Pallbearers will include: Wayne Jackson, Jr., Jimmy Jackson, Frankie Prater, Marty Jackson, Jessie Jackson and Jeff Jackson. Honorary pallbearers will include: Judson Childers, Tom Kerns, Carl Etheridge, Sammy Jackson and James Van Meter.
The family will receive friends Sunday at the Alvis Miller & Son Funeral Home after 2:00 p.m. .
The Alvis Miller & Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.