Willie Clay Jackson was born in Grove Hill on Feb. 22, 1941 to the parentage of William Jackson and Elsie Rodgers Jackson.
The Rev. Jackson was affectionately known as “BooPie” or “Uncle Boop” to his family and close friends. He was a member of the Pine Chapel No. 1 Baptist Church, where he served as Deacon and an Associate Minister until God commissioned him to oversee and pastor the Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church in Prestwick, where he served faithfully for 37 years.
The Rev. Jackson was also an employee of Hurds Furniture and Barfield Furniture for 35 years before becoming self - employed.
He will be remembered as a man who exemplified the love of Christ, also for his wittiness and ability to make you laugh while lifting your spirit when you were down. “You have served well, now your crown awaits you.”
Preceding him in death were his parents; two brothers, Curtis James Love and Wilbur Jackson; and one sister, Edna Jackson Florence.
Left to cherish his memory is his loving, devoted and caring wife of 55 years, Mary Jackson; five children who loved, honored and respected their father until God called him home, the Rev. William E. (Cynthia) Jackson of Grove Hill, Dec. Alric (Brenda) Jackson and Willie (Sue) Jackson, both of Monroeville, and LaSandra (Steve) Jackson and Janice Jackson, both of Grove Hill; 11 loving and devoted grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; an adopted son, Ricky (Margaret) Duncan; one brother, James (Josephine) Jackson of Atlanta, Ga.; two sisters, Rosie Jackson of Montgomery and Barbara (Larry) Fuller of Sweetwater; two sisters-in-law, Lelia Patterson and Dorthula (Walter) Robinson; with a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Honorably mentioned are the Rev. SL (Joyce) Calhoun and Dec. Jimmy (Florence) Simon.
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